Septentrio Makes Galileo and Four-Constellation Position Fixes

March 14, 2013  - By

Septentrio became the first receiver manufacturer to report an autonomous real-time position calculation using Galileo IOV satellites, with its own standard commercial receiver. The company based in Leuven, Belgium announced on March 12 that it performed a first autonomous real-time Galileo position, velocity, and timing (PVT) calculation, based on live Interface Control Document (ICD)-compliant Galileo messages from the four Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites.


The standalone position was calculated from in-orbit navigation messages using a standard PolaRx4 GNSS receiver equipped with commercially released firmware.

This achievement followed another recent Septentrio milestone; the announcement of a first GPS+Glonass+BeiDou PVT less than two weeks after the BeiDou2 ICD publication in December — and it was itself followed by a Septentrio release stating performance of what it believes to be the first 4-constellation PVT performed by a standard commercial receiver.


“On Tuesday 12-Mar-2013 at approximately 10:35 UTC we included three Galileo IOV satellites (E12, E19 & E20) in a multi-constellation PVT. The 3D-position fix happened shortly after it was brought to Septentrio’s attention that the Galileo IOV satellites were transmitting, for the first time ever, a fully usable navigation message as part of an ESA experiment.

“This ability to rapidly incorporate new constellations demonstrates the flexibility of the architecture of Septentrio receivers,” the company statement continued.

“We are delighted that Septentrio receivers are amongst the first to witness the readiness of the Galileo navigation message to perform a position fix from in orbit signals,” commented Peter Grognard, Septentrio’s founder and CEO. “Septentrio has been involved since 2003 in all major milestones that pave the way for the European constellation genesis.”

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