GIOVE-B transmitting its first signals

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Press Release N°26-2008
Paris, 7 May 2008


GIOVE-B transmitting its first signals

Following a successful launch on 27 April, GIOVE-B began transmitting navigation signals today 7th of May. This is a truly historic step for satellite navigation since GIOVE-B is now, for the first time, transmitting the GPS-Galileo common signal using a specific optimised waveform, MBOC (multiplexed binary offset carrier), in accordance with the agreement drawn up in July 2007 by the EU and the US for their respective systems, Galileo and the future GPS III. These GIOVE B signals, locked on-board to a highly stable Passive Hydrogen Maser clock, will provide higher accuracy in challenging environments where multipath and interference are present, and deeper penetration for indoor navigation. It demonstrates that Galileo and GPS are truly compatible and interoperable and that positioning services will benefit all users worldwide.
 

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This interests me as the company I work for supplied the high power Isolators for the GALLIEO satellite's SSPA's (Solid State Power Amplifiers).

For those that don't know, GALLIEO is the European satellite, GPS is American, GLONAS is Russian and COMPASS is the name of the Chinese constellation of Global Positioning Satellites.
 
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