THREE NEW SATELLITE NAVIGATION CONTRACTS FOR EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

Astri Polska acquired contracts for three new projects concerning development of advanced satellite navigation technologies. The company will test GNSS receiver and develop test environments for GNSS and hybrid receivers. All the projects will be carried out for European Space Agency. Total value of the contracts is 3,2 mln PLN.

IMPACT OF SPACE RADIATION ON GNSS RECEIVER

AGGA-4 is the biggest space-grade radiation tolerant ASIC that fulfils the role of GNSS receiver, capable of processing  GPS, Galileo, Glonass, and Compass-Beidou signals. ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) is a type of advanced microchip designed for a special application.  ASICs can be less power consuming, more reliable and faster than the general-purpose integrated circuits with corresponding functionality.

The role of Astri Polska will be to fully characterize the heavy ion and proton sensitivity of AGGA-4 ASIC. The output of this activity will provide crucial input to designers and GNSS system engineers in order to allow the implementation of proper radiation effects mitigation at design and system level, if needed. The second objectives is to finalize the qualification package for the commercialization of the product. AGGA-4 project is financed by  European Space Agency.

TEST ENVIRONMENTS FOR GNSS AND HYBRID NAVIGATION

TEcHNO (Test Environment for Hybrid NavigatiOn) –  the project focuses on development of hybrid navigation technology. (GNSS + LTE).  The project goal is to design and develop software platform that will allow the integration of the apparatus gathered in ESA-ESTEC Navigation Laboratory. The consortium lead by Astri Polska will deliver the software capable to control the test equipment in the laboratory and will also let for performing test procedures for positioning equipment using hybrid positioning solution.  The tests will be held at ESA ESTEC laboratory.

FLiGhT (Flexible environment for GNSS Testing) –  The general project goal is to design and develop an adaptive and flexible software application that will integrate variety of apparatus to create a complex test environment for GNSS receivers (firstly focusing on space graded GNSS receivers).

The crucial aspect is to make the designed software very flexible an adaptive so e.g. many different GNSS receivers can be handled.

Both FLiGhT and TEcHno projects are financed by European Space Agency within Polish Industry Incentive Scheme programme.

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The contracts are carried out under a programme of and funded by the European Space Agency. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency.