FAA Selects NovAtel® to Provide Safety-Critical Infrastructure for North American Navigation Network

NovAtel Wins Contract to Supply Next-Generation Signal Generators for FAA’s WAAS Program

NovAtel® announced the award of a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators to support the FAA’s safety of life WAAS navigation service. The contract also includes ongoing engineering support services for NovAtel’s complete portfolio of Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) products deployed by the FAA, including the WAAS G-III reference receiver platform. The FAA has relied on NovAtel's safety-critical SBAS technology for over 20 years starting with NovAtel's first-generation WAAS reference receiver that was created in the 1990's. 

Developed by the FAA, the WAAS network is a safety-critical navigation aid that allows aircraft to use the US Global Positioning System (GPS) for all phases of flight. Every time an aircraft takes off or lands within the WAAS coverage area, NovAtel technology is generating and processing data that allows aviators to make precision approaches to any airport. Since the program’s inception, NovAtel has provided the FAA with technology that delivers high precision GPS receiver measurements and navigation information from WAAS Reference Stations (WRS) and the GUS infrastructure.

Under this new contract, NovAtel will help modernize the WAAS network by upgrading and extending support for the network’s GUS infrastructure. The next-generation of GUS Signal Generators, which are designed specifically for SBAS ground uplink systems, will include independent L1 and L5 signal paths to precisely control the frequency and phase of L1 and L5 code and carrier for dual-frequency SBAS. A GUS receiver system based on the WAAS G-III receiver platform will also be released along with the Signal Generator to complete the modernized GUS control loop. 

Jonathan Auld, Vice President of Engineering and Safety Critical Systems at NovAtel, stated, “We have a long history with the FAA and have worked very closely with the WAAS program team to develop multiple-generations of SBAS infrastructure. NovAtel remains committed to supporting the FAA and their safety of life WAAS service and we are excited to deliver this critical next-generation technology for SBAS modernization.” 

To learn more about NovAtel’s GNSS ground reference stations and augmentation networks please visit https://www.novatel.com/products/gnss-receivers/ground-reference-and-uplink-receivers/

About NovAtel Inc.

NovAtel is a global technology leader, pioneering end-to-end solutions for assured positioning for land, sea, and air. NovAtel designs, manufactures and sells high precision positioning technology developed for efficient and rapid integration. Its solutions are empowering intelligent positioning ecosystems in vital industries that depend on the ability to tackle the most complex challenges in the most demanding environments. Learn more at NovAtel.com.

NovAtel is part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, which also includes VERIPOS. Hexagon is a global leader in digital solutions that create Autonomous Connected Ecosystems (ACE). Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 24,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.2bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB. 

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Posted on 03/01/2019