FAA Awards New WAAS Receiver Contract to NovAtel

FAA Awards New WAAS Receiver Contract to NovAtel
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GNSS manufacturer NovAtel Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has received a new contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the next-generation GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) reference receiver (the “GIII” receiver). The three-year contract is worth up to US$9.7million.

GNSS manufacturer NovAtel Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has received a new contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the next-generation GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) reference receiver (the “GIII” receiver). The three-year contract is worth up to US$9.7million.

WAAS is a space-based system that broadcasts corrections data and information to improve the overall accuracy and integrity of GPS satellite signals. NovAtel has worked with the FAA WAAS program since 1995, providing and supporting two previous generations of reference receivers for the WAAS ground network.

According to NovAtel, the “technology refresh” receiver contract will add support for the latest-generation L1C, L2C, and L5 signal capability on a qualified RTCA DO-178B software and DO-254 hardware platform.

The WAAS GIII development and qualification receiver program, under which NovAtel will build up to 14 receivers, includes a growth provision for additional signal capability such as the European Galileo satellite navigation satellite system.

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