GPS Press Releases

7/28/2008 - Spirent Federal GPS Simulator Selected by Honeywell for NASA's Orion Project.

YORBA LINDA, Calif. - Spirent Federal Systems, Inc., the leading provider of GPS/GNSS satellite simulators, announces today that Honeywell has selected a Spirent GPS/Inertial simulator to develop, integrate and verify the navigation system for NASA's Orion project.

The Spirent simulator includes comprehensive modeling of the space environment and will provide multiple radio frequency (RF) outputs, allowing multiple antenna locations to be simulated. In addition, the system provided for the Orion project will include multiple SimINERTIAL units—Spirent Inertial interfaces that provide Honeywell engineers the capability of emulating Inertial sensor output while simultaneously simulating GPS RF signals.

The Orion crew capsule is part of NASA's Constellation Program, which is developing a new human space transportation system that will send explorers to the International Space Station, the moon and beyond in coming decades. The first crewed mission of the Ares I rocket and Orion spacecraft is scheduled for spring 2015.

Lockheed Martin serves as the prime contractor to NASA to build the Orion crew exploration vehicle and is responsible for design, development, testing and evaluation. Honeywell is the subcontractor responsible for avionics, including navigation, mission hardware and software, and flight control systems.

"Spirent's simulators with SimINERTIAL make controlled, repeatable testing of integrated GPS and Inertial systems an easily-obtained reality," commented Ellen Hall, President of Spirent Federal. "NASA is using the latest technology available to create Orion, and we are pleased our products have been chosen by Honeywell for this important enterprise."

For further information about Spirent Federal products, visit the company website at or call 714-692-6565.

About Spirent Federal Systems
Spirent Federal Systems was formed in July 2001 by Spirent Communications as a wholly owned subsidiary and United States proxy company. Spirent Federal markets and sells products in North and South America with value-added features and ongoing customer support. Spirent Federal Systems is headquartered in Yorba Linda, Calif., with support and sales offices throughout the US.

About Spirent's Positioning Technology Division
Spirent is the world's leading provider of GNSS test and simulation systems. In this capacity, Spirent is the first choice of major manufacturers, integrators, test facilities and space agencies worldwide for GNSS testing and simulation solutions. Today, Spirent simulation systems are used throughout the world through a broad range of clients in more than 30 countries across five continents and in over 50 governmental agencies. Spirent delivers navigation and positioning testing equipment and services to all sectors of the navigation and positioning community, from government agencies through to emerging commercial markets.

About Spirent Communications plc
Spirent Communications ( is a global provider of integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems that enable the development and deployment of next generation networking technology such as Internet telephony, broadband services, 3G wireless, global navigation satellite systems, and network security equipment. Spirent Communications' solutions are used by more than 1,700 customers in 30 countries, including the world's largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises and governments. Based in Sunnyvale, CA, Spirent Communications has 1,500 employees worldwide.

Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares are traded on the London Stock Exchange (ticker: SPT). The Company operates a Level 1 American Depositary Receipt ("ADR") programme with each ADR representing four Spirent Communications plc Ordinary shares. The ADRs trade in the US over-the-counter ("OTC") market under the symbol SPMYY and the CUSIP number is 84856M209. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States Government are made through Spirent Federal Systems Inc.

Spirent, Spirent Communications and the Spirent logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Spirent Communications plc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks mentioned herein are held by their respective companies. All rights reserved.

This document may contain forward-looking statements which are made in good faith and are based on current expectations or beliefs, as well as assumptions about future events. You can sometimes, but not always, identify these statements by the use of a date in the future or such words as "will", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "project", "intend", "plan", "should", "may", "assume" and other similar words. By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive and speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future performance and are subject to factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Need help finding the product that's right for your business?

Contact us