NovAtel Inc., a positioning technology company, announced today that the Company has been authorized to begin work on a CDN$186,900 contract from Canadian Public Works & Government Services, sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency under the Space Technology Development Program, for the development of a Galileo prototype receiver. Galileo is Europe’s state-of-the-art GNSS system, which is expected to be fully operable by 2008 with up to 30 satellites orbiting the earth.
NovAtel plans to use its new L5, FPGA based precise positioning receiver to develop a pre-production level Galileo capable receiver. The new receiver will be configured to track the Binary Offset Carrier BOC(2,2) ranging code that is proposed to eventually be transmitted at the Galileo L1 frequency. For this pre-production development the design will be verified at the L5/E5a frequency. The Company also plans to modify an L5 signal transmitter, developed by NovAtel for Zeta Associates of Fairfax, Virginia, to output a Galileo BOC(2,2) test signal.