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Spirent supports Galileo test simulators

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SPIRENT Communications has been selected as the official supplier of RF Constellation Simulators to support the Galileo program.

A number of systems will be delivered over the next 18 months to support the testing of the Ground Mission Segment and the Test User Segment.

Galileo is currently in the development and in-orbit validation phase.

The first test satellite was built by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd in the UK and was launched in December 2005. A second test satellite, built by GAIN, is to be launched later this year.

Spirent’s Galileo simulators are available from GPSat Systems Australia Pty Ltd and are offered only in the context of official Galileo programs.

Commercial availability of Galileo simulators is linked to the Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (SIS-ICD) entering the public domain.

Spirent Communications believes that the capability to simulate Galileo signals in the lab will be significant to the development and verification of the Galileo system and associated receiver technology and applications.

Spirent has exhibited its Galileo simulator technology demonstrator at GNSS2004 in Europe and ION GNSS2004 in the USA. Using public domain information, these demonstrators have shown how Spirent is ready to support companies formally participating in the Galileo development and in-orbit-validation phases.

They are working with select customers to provide Galileo simulation capabilities in advance of the signal-in-space availability.

The Galileo simulators will be based on the proven GSS7700 GPS simulator and will have the accuracy, stability and reliability of this industry-leading system

The GSS7800 Galileo system will run a modified version of Spirent's existing SimGEN for Windows.

Existing Spirent GSS7700 systems will be fully compatible with the Galileo simulator, enabling full Galileo + GPS + EGNOS simulation

Up to four channels of interference simulation will be available using Spirent's flexible GSS4765 interference simulation system.

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