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ESA Selects Averna for Signal Analysis, Monitoring of Galileo

June 27, 2013  - By
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Averna, developer of test solutions and services for communications and electronics device makers worldwide, announced today that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Averna’s Record & Playback solution for signal analysis and monitoring of Galileo satellites.

The R&P platform selected by ESA features the RP-5300, a compact 2-channel wideband RF recorder designed to record live RF signals in the field, and the URT-2200 RF Player for GNSS. Averna’s R&P solution is powered by RF Studio, a high-performance RF recorder and playback software specifically designed for RF designers and researchers, to facilitate recording, analysis and storage of RF signals.

The Averna RP-5300 RF Recorder is specifically adapted for all GNSS applications, including Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, and Compass (BeiDou-2). The system has two 50-MHz wide channels that can be tuned on any frequencies from 330 MHz to 2500 MHz. To address the many synchronization and coherency challenges of GNSS testing, Averna has developed a proprietary software/hardware architecture that allows control and tight synchronization between multiple recording channels and systems under the 1 nanosecond (ns) level.

“Averna’s RP-5300 is the leading commercial product offering two 50-MHz wide channels that can capture such a wide range of real-world RF signals, complete with the interference and general degradation that end-users will experience. Two units can even be interconnected to enable a 4-channel, phase-coherent synchronized recorder,” commented Brendan Wolfe, director of Market Development for Averna. “The ESA is using the latest technology available and we are thrilled that our products have been chosen for this important undertaking.”

“Averna’s advanced record-and-playback systems support our pressing needs for long and extensive data-collection campaigns in the field,” said M. Crisci, Head of the Radio Navigation Systems and Techniques Section at the European Space Agency. “Averna’s R&P solution enables us to record multiple wideband signals at the same time, over a wide frequency range, and then replay the signals repeatedly. As receivers become more and more sophisticated, it is imperative that real-world signals and conditions be recreated for thorough validation and testing.”

Galileo is Europe’s program for a global navigation satellite system (GNSS), providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service, interoperable with the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS systems. It currently has four satellites in service and upon completion it will consist of 30 satellites and ground infrastructure. The Galileo system is a collaboration between the European Union and the ESA.

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