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£10 million EGNOS and GALILEO contracts
Keywords Racal, Satellites, Navigation
Racal is playing a lead role in the development of the EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) and Galileo satellite navigation systems, following a series of development and initial production contracts, valued at some £10 million. Being developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), EGNOS will enter service in 2003 and is the European equivalent of the US WAAS (wide area augmentation system). Galileo, to be developed by the European Commission and ESA, will enter service in 2008, and is an independent world-wide, multi-modal satellite navigation system providing equivalent performance to modernised GPS.
Teamed with NovAtel of Calgary, Racal has been awarded a contract to supply Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Stations (RIMS) for EGNOS. Led by Racal, the programme includes system engineering, development of the RIMS computer, with NovAtel providing the receiver based on their WAAS fielded receiver. RIMS will provide a satellite failure detection capability.
Multipath and interference surveys at a number of potential RIMS sites within Europe and Canada will also be conducted.