• 19.10.2021
  • Satellite Navigation Receivers
  • Media release

RUAG Space Partners with the UAE’s MBRSC to Provide Satellite Navigation Services

MBRSC will make use of a RUAG Space GNSS navigation receiver to determine the position of its new satellite. ...

RUAG Space, a leading supplier to the space industry, has partnered with the UAE’s Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre to deliver them the latest generation of the GNSS navigation receivers for Low Earth Orbit, the so-called “LEORIX”. Once in orbit the satellite’s position can be precisely determined by the navigation receiver. “Our spaceborne receiver provides a very high accuracy of the satellite’s position in orbit”, explains Anders Linder, Senior Vice President Satellites at RUAG Space. The in-orbit accuracy is about one meter. The high accuracy is achieved through simultaneously processing of multi-frequency signals from the U.S. GPS and European Galileo navigation satellites. “The more precisely the position of the satellite is determined, the better the data, which the satellite provides.” RUAG Space is a global leader in the field of spaceborne GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receiver technology.

More than 80 receivers of the latest receiver generation ordered
RUAG Space offers three basic types of navigation receivers: The LEORIX for Low Earth Orbit, the GEORIX for Geostationary Earth Orbit and the PODRIX for Precise Orbit Determination. “They are all based on the European Space Agency’s latest GNSS processing technology”, says Anders Linder. The PODRIX receiver had its maiden flight to space in November 2020 and precisely determines the position of the European environmental satellite Sentinel-6. According to ESA the higher accuracy of the satellite’s position enhances the overall performance of the mission. The LEORIX receiver flew for the first time in space in Mach 2021. In total, more than 80 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 months and years.

MBRSC: Advancing space sector and technology
The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre, founded in 2006, is home to the UAE National Space Programme. The Centre builds and operates earth observation satellites, offering imaging and data analysis services to clients around the world. The Centre launched KhalifaSat — the first Emirati made satellite in 2018; and the DubaiSat-1 and DubaiSat-2 satellites in 2009 and 2013 respectively. The Centre is also responsible for the Emirates Mars Mission "Hope Probe", the first Arab interplanetary mission, which is currently collecting data from the Red Planet.

RUAG Space: leading supplier
RUAG Space is the leading supplier to the space industry in Europe, and has a growing presence in the United States. Around 1,300 employees across six countries (Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Germany, USA and Finland) develop and manufacture products for satellites and launch vehicles—for both the institutional and commercial space market. RUAG Space is part of RUAG International, a Swiss technology group, which is divided into four divisions: Space, Aerostructures, MRO International and Ammotec. Visit www.ruag.com/space, or view our RUAG Space product portfolio video: https://youtu.be/qNbSjUdlXxQ

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To learn more about MBRSC, visit: www.mbrsc.ae


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 Satellites 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 Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai. Copyright: MBRSC. Download

Video about the product portfolio of RUAG Space: https://youtu.be/qNbSjUdlXxQ
Video showing how society benefits from RUAG Space products: https://youtu.be/gWRzl2ByvRA

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, clemens.gaehwiler@ruag.com, T: +41 76 319 28 58