• 18.11.2020
  • Digital Electronics for Satellites & Launchers
  • Media release

RUAG Space: Maiden flight of new generation navigation receiver

On 21 November, the European-US ocean measuring satellite Sentinel-6 will be launched into orbit. It will be equipped with GNSS receivers by RUAG Space. ...

With the upcoming launch of ocean monitoring satellite Sentinel-6, two new Precise Orbit Determination Receivers (PODRIX) from RUAG Space will make their maiden flight. PODRIX achieves a very high, real-time in-orbit accuracy of the satellite’s position in orbit from below one meter to a few centimeters utilizing on-ground post-processing. The high accuracy is achieved through simultaneously processing of multi-frequency signals from the U.S. GPS and European Galileo satellites.  

“Important step towards gaining flight heritage”
PODRIX GNSS receivers are the latest addition to RUAG’s GNSS receiver product family that already includes LEORIX (navigation receiver for Low Earth Orbit) and GEORIX (navigation receiver for Geostationary Earth Orbit). “They are all based on the European Space Agency’s latest GNSS processing technology”, says Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space. ”This launch is a remarkable milestone for our GNSS receiver family, which include the most precise receiver on the market.” Kurt Kober, General Manager Product Unit Navigation & Payload Processors, adds: “This maiden flight is an important step towards gaining flight heritage for our new PODRIX receivers.”

70 receivers of the latest receiver generation ordered
PODRIX receivers are built on the experience of the 23 GPS-only receivers of the RUAG Space legacy receiver generation that are currently working flawlessly in orbit. In total, more than 70 receivers of the latest receiver generation (LEORIX, GEORIX and PODRIX) have been ordered by customers in Asia, Europe, Middle East and the USA so far. They will be launched for different Low- and Geostationary Earth Orbit missions within the next few months or years.  

Complete package
“One key success factor for us is the ability to provide our customers with a complete package, consisting of both, GNSS receivers and antennas”, says Linder. For its entire electronics portfolio RUAG Space offers a direct technical interface to U.S. clients in its office in Denver, Colorado.

About RUAG Space: RUAG Space is the leading supplier to the space industry in Europe and has a growing presence in the United States. In total, RUAG Space has about 1,300 employees across six countries. RUAG Space develops and manufactures products for satellites and launch vehicles—playing a key role both in the institutional and commercial space market.

About RUAG International: RUAG International is a Swiss technology group focusing on the aerospace industry. Based in Zurich (Switzerland) and with production sites in 14 countries, the company is divided into four areas: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. With its strategic focus on aerospace, the company will consist of segments, Aerostructures and Space, in the medium term. RUAG Space is Europe's leading supplier of products used in the aerospace industry. RUAG Aerostructures is a global first-tier supplier in aircraft structure construction. RUAG International employs around 6,000 people.

More about RUAG’s GNSS receiver products: www.ruag.com/navigation

More about RUAG’s electronic products: https://www.ruag.com/en/products-services/space/electronics


Picture 1: “One key success factor for RUAG Space is the ability to provide our customers with a complete package, the GNSS receivers together with the antennas,” says Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space. Copyright: RUAG Space, Peter Nilsson. Download

Picture 2: RUAG Space is leading the European market for multi-frequency GNSS receivers and has a high market share in Asia and the US. Copyright: RUAG Space, Martin Steiger. Download

Picture 3: The Sentinel-6 environmental satellite will measure sea level heights and ice thickness. Copyright: ESA, Airbus. Download


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Media contacts RUAG Space:

RUAG Space, Philipp Bircher, philipp.bircher@ruag.com, T: +41 7979 011 81

RUAG Space, Christian Thalmayr, christian.thalmayr@ruag.com, T: +43 664 8874 7876

Web: www.ruag.com/space
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ruagspace

Media Contact RUAG International:
Clemens Gähwiler, External Communication Manager, RUAG International; Tel. +41 76 319 28 58, clemens.gaehwiler@ruag.com