GPS Press Releases

4/20/2006 - Spirent® to Provide Test Equipment to Support Galileo Satellite Navigation Project

~ leading provider of constellation simulators selected for Galileo testing ~

Spirent Communications (NYSE: SPM: LSE: SPT), the leading company for satellite navigation test equipment, has been selected to provide Radio Frequency Constellation Simulators (RFCS) to support the development and in-orbit validation phases of the Galileo project. Sponsored by the EU and the European Space Agency, the Galileo system is scheduled for operation from 2010.

Spirent has been selected by Alcatel Alenia Space and Thales, the organisations overseeing the Ground Mission Segment (GMS) and Test User Segment (TUS) elements, of the project respectively. Spirent's RF Constellation Simulators will generate radio frequency signals that are representative of the real signals to be transmitted from Galileo satellites when the project is fully deployed.

The main purpose of Spirent's solution will be to test the performance of the receivers used in the GMS and user receivers which form critical elements of Galileo system development. The GMS stations control the satellite constellation and the TUS forms the basis for future Galileo user receivers that will be used in a wide variety of application areas on sea, air and land.

Other key features of the RFCS include:
Enabling full performance verification of the GMS and TUS receivers Testing in adversarial and error conditions to improve the resilience of the Galileo system "Spirent's simulation systems will enable the Galileo project to fully test critical receiver technology in advance of full system availability," said Martin Foulger, managing director, Spirent Communications Wireless and Positioning. "Galileo represents a historic development in satellite navigation and Spirent is proud to be associated with this global infrastructure project."

About Spirent's Positioning Technology Division
Spirent is the world's leading provider of GNSS test and simulation systems. Our specialist team has been involved in every aspect of satellite and navigation test from the earliest days of GPS simulation.
Today, Spirent's simulation systems are used throughout the world through a broad range of clients in more than 30 countries across 5 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.

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