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IfEN Receives ESA EGNOS-Related Contract

April 11, 2008
Inside GNSS, May/June 2008

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The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded a contract to IfEN GmbH to develop a “New Generation” receiver breadboard for use at the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Stations (RIMS).

The RIMS New Generation breadboard will be capable of receiving the new L2C and L5 signals, the Galileo E1, E5ab, and E6 signals and the GLONASS L1 signal in addition to GPS L1 and L2P signals.

IfEN’s contract relates to the definition and development of a multi-regional system (MRS) in the framework of the GNSS Evolutions Program. The New Generation breadboard and the Navigation Land Earth Station l1/L5 prototype are elements of the Support Platform for EGNOS Evolutions and Demonstrations (SPEED) activities currently under development.

With these elements, the SPEED program will have a closed-loop navigation system available in the laboratory, enabling testing of future MRS developments and verification of operational EGNOS elements before integration into the operational EGNOS system.

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