TRIMBLE has successfully acquired and tracked the L1 BOC (1,1) Galileo GIOVE-A test satellite signal using a combined GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo prototype receiver.
The GIOVE-A test satellite, launched in late 2005, began transmitting signals on January 12, 2006.
The Galileo system proposed by the European Union offers advantages to Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) users by providing additional satellites, additional signals, and compatibility with GPS.
GNSS refers collectively to the worldwide civil positioning, navigation, and timing determination capabilities available from one or more satellite constellations.
These constellations include, but are not limited to, the US GPS, Russian Federation's GLONASS, European Unions Galileo and complementary regional systems such as the US WAAS and European EGNOS.
In addition to tracking the test satellite, Trimble also announced that its Zephyr Geodetic II antenna is compatible with all current or planned GPS and GLONASS frequencies and the planned Galileo signals now.
Users can purchase Trimble CORS receivers with the GNSS-ready antenna and be prepared for full GNSS geodetic antenna support when Galileo is available in the future.