ESA Selects Averna Systems for Galileo Signal Analysis, Satellite Monitoring - Inside GNSS

ESA Selects Averna Systems for Galileo Signal Analysis, Satellite Monitoring

Averna RP-5300 record & playback system

Averna announced today (June 27, 2013) that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the company’s record and playback solution for signal analysis and monitoring of Galileo satellites.


Averna announced today (June 27, 2013) that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected the company’s record and playback solution for signal analysis and monitoring of Galileo satellites.

The R&P platform selected by ESA features the RP-5300, a compact, two-channel, wideband system designed to record live RF signals in the field, and the URT-2200 RF Player for GNSS. Averna’s R&P solution is powered by RF Studio software specifically designed for RF designers and researchers, to facilitate recording, analysis, and storage of RF signals.

The Averna RP-5300 RF Recorder supports all GNSS systems, including Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou-2. The system has two 50-MHz wide channels that can be tuned on frequencies from 330 MHz to 2500 MHz. To address the many synchronization and coherency challenges of GNSS testing, Averna has developed a proprietary software/hardware architecture that allows control and tight synchronization between multiple recording channels and systems under the one-nanosecond level, according to the company

“Averna’s advanced record-and-playback systems support our pressing needs for long and extensive data-collection campaigns in the field,” said Massimo Crisci, head of the Radio Navigation Systems and Techniques Section at the European Space Agency. “As receivers become more and more sophisticated, it is imperative that real-world signals and conditions be recreated for thorough validation and testing.”

Crisci coauthored an article on developing a GNSS position and timing authentication testbed in the January/February 2013 issue of Inside GNSS.