Septentrio demonstrates first Galileo receiver providing position, velocity and time information

Septentrio demonstrates first Galileo receiver providing position, velocity and time information


Leuven, Belgium, 27 September 2006: Septentrio, a European manufacturer of professional OEM GNSS receivers and supplier of Galileo receivers, is demonstrating a Galileo receiver providing position, velocity and time information (PVT) based on the European Galileo Satellite signals, at the ION GNSS conference in Fort Worth Texas 27-29 September 2006.

This is the first time ever that a satellite navigation receiver using Galileo signals demonstrates a full end-to-end capability to calculate position. Septentrio recently announced AsteRx1, a compact high-end single-frequency GNSS receiver for demanding industrial and professional applications. AsteRx1 incorporates capabilities for full use of the European Galileo L1 signal. Now for the first time, using a Spirent RF Galileo Constellation simulator, a full signal acquisition, tracking and position calculation using the Galileo L1 Open Service signals can be demonstrated.

Peter Grognard, Managing Director of Septentrio said, “…Our strategy is to allow our customers to benefit immediately from access to Galileo signals as they become available. Offering receivers with competitive GPS performance today, and incorporating already proven Galileo capability for tomorrow, we facilitate faster time to market at a lower cost for our customers.”

Septentrio had earlier in 2005 delivered the first Galileo receiver to ESA in the framework of the C0 phase of the Galileo Test User Segment. The receiver Septentrio had delivered, can track any Galileo signal and features patent-pending innovative techniques for tracking new modulations like BOC(m,n) and especially AltBOC. The digital hardware and software designs maximally exploit the commonality between the different signals and offer the required building blocks to continue to develop more complex multi-channel receivers.

– About Galileo
The development of the European GNSS system, GALILEO, began in 1999. It is scheduled to be fully operational in 2008. In its full constellation, Galileo will consist of 30 satellites, continuously transmitting high-frequency ranging signals, containing time and distance data to be tracked by a Galileo receiver. The future Galileo satellites will transmit a variety of signals modulated on four different carriers: E5a, E5b, E6 and L1. New signal processing techniques are required in order to track Galileo signals due to the new modulation types BOC and AltBOC and the presence of Pilot and Data channels at all frequencies. Galileo will provide a wide range of services including open, safety-of-life, commercial, and publicly regulated service. Galileo will guarantee the reliability of its signal anywhere on earth.

– About Septentrio Satellite Navigation NV
Septentrio’s headquarters are located in Leuven, close to Brussels, capital of Belgium and of the European Union. Septentrio Satellite Navigation NV, designs, manufactures, markets and supports high-end dual-frequency GNSS receivers. Targeted at original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), Septentrio’s core technology is being applied in precise positioning, timing and attitude determination applications. It is a young dynamic company founded to commercialize the Satellite Navigation know-how developed at the InterUniversity Micro Electronics Centre (IMEC), the largest independent microelectronics R&D lab.