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New Euro Satellite System ‘Groundbreaking’

QinetiQ has announced a major breakthrough in developing a robust navigation receiver which will utilise the new global navigation satellite system (GNSS) Galileo, and particularly the secured Public Regulated Service (PRS) which could become of great use to the shipping and ports sector.

QinetiQ has built a high performance, next generation GNSS receiver which will incorporate signals from the new Galileo system (the European equivalent of GPS).

The new receiver is multi‑constellation and multi‑frequency and is designed to process encrypted signals from the Galileo PRS service as well as open services such as GPS.  

The receiver is a significant step towards developing an end-user product for navigation, tracking and timing. QinetiQ declare that it will offer “highly secure, accurate and reliable position, velocity and timing intended for users”. 

Dr Nigel Davies, head of QinetiQ’s Secured Navigation Group, said: “We are delighted that, after years of QinetiQ R&D and collaboration with the EU, European Space Agency (ESA) and UK government, we have achieved this major step towards our goal of offering robust navigation products using Galileo.

“It is a significant breakthrough for us to have built a fully operational receiver on a platform which proves our product architecture, functionality, and algorithms.

“Our next step will be working to refine the product family and preparing it to be brought to market, which includes developing additional features and reducing its size to that of a postage stamp, in a form factor similar to our existing, highly successful, Q20 receiver. We have full confidence in this product and are proud to be at the forefront of this exciting new phase in European navigation.”

It is expected that a suite of products will be ready by 2020 to coincide with the completion of the Galileo project, which will be the world’s third GNSS to be completed after the US and Russian systems.

The QinetiQ PRS receiver

Fact File: A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its knowledge, research and innovation to provide high-end technical expertise and advice, to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments as well as other international customers in targeted sectors.

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