NovAtel Inc., a precise positioning technology company, has announced that an order for additional Space Based Augmentation System (SBAS) equipment was received from Raytheon Company in support of the Indian GAGAN program.
This latest contract with Raytheon follows on from an award to Raytheon by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) of a contract for the ground-based elements of the GPS and GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) Technology Demonstration System (TDS), in November 2004. NovAtel will supply receiver elements of these ground-based elements, which will be included in eight Indian reference stations, an Indian master control center, and an Indian land uplink station.
The GAGAN project is part of a world- wide movement toward space-based navigation, which has been endorsed by the International Civil Aviation Organization. It will increase safety and efficiency by allowing precision approaches to all airports and direct routing between destinations.”