Orolia to supply clocks for 12 more Galileo satellites

May 30, 2018  - By

Orolia’s atomic clock solutions have been selected for the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) under contracts totaling 26 million euros for an additional 12 Galileo satellites.

This latest initiative builds on Orolia’s long-standing role in providing precise timing technology for satellite programs, including Galileo.

Each satellite will carry two rubidium atomic clocks and two passive hydrogen masers, considered the most stable clock in the world. Under these contracts, Orolia will supply its Spectratime Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard and its passive hydrogen masers physics package.

Orolia's Space Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard. (Photo: Orolia)

Orolia’s Space Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard. (Photo: Orolia)

“We’re honored to continue supporting the European Commission with precise timing for Galileo,” said Orolia CEO Jean-Yves Courtois. “These new contracts further emphasize Orolia’s position as the world’s leading provider of resilient positioning, timing and navigation (PNT) solutions.”

In addition to serving as Europe’s independent PNT source, Galileo can also serve as a secondary signal source for systems such as GPS, GLONASS or BeiDou in the event of service disruption. Galileo’s quadruple clock redundancy designed into each satellite ensures that even if a failure occurs, overall system performance will not be compromised.

More than 150 Orolia Spectratime atomic clocks are flying to support Galileo, IRNSS, BeiDou, GAIA and other missions, some for more than 10 years. Orolia provides the expertise necessary to design solutions for highly reliable space applications.

Orolia is a designer and manufacturer of a full range of high-performance, low-cost GNSS synchronized crystal solutions, rubidium and maser sources, smart integrated GNSS reference clocks, rugged PNT devices, GNSS simulation and clock testing systems. Orolia’s PNT solutions support a variety of critical applications including defense, government, space, maritime, enterprise networks, aviation and telecommunications.