Xona Space Systems and StarNav will jointly develop user equipment capable of receiving Xona’s Pulsar service to produce resilient position, navigation, and timing (PNT) solutions for commercial and government end users.
Xona’s patent-pending low Earth orbit (LEO) system architecture will use advanced signals and the efficiency of small satellites to provide an affordable global service with more than 10x better accuracy and 100x better interference mitigation than the current GNSS, according to the company. Xona’s Pulsar precision LEO PNT service is designed to both provide users with a secure and robust enhancement to traditional GNSS while also providing GNSS-independent, alternative PNT capability. Delivered via a secure, high-power signal from low Earth orbit satellites, Pulsar aims to enable the next wave of connected technology
StarNav is a Riverside-based startup developing PNT user equipment to leverage radio signals of opportunity as a backup or alternative to GPS. These signals include terrestrial transmitted signals, such as cellular and television, and satellite transmitted signals, such as communication and internet. StarNav’s products employ specialized analog and digital signal processing designs to leverage multiple signal types, all from a single product. StarNav develops specialized front ends and receivers that convert ambient radio signals into PNT information to enhance intelligent system reliability. Whether a radio signal was transmitted for communication, internet, or PNT, StarNav’s products can leverage them using a single patent-pending product to provide PNT redundancy for safe system operation.
“StarNav sees tremendous value of including Xona’s PNT service features into our products,” said Joshua Morales, Chief Executive Officer of StarNav. “To this end, we are moving forward with developing and integrating a receiver to include Xona’s PNT service alongside our suite of signal of opportunity receivers. This will add PNT information redundancy, which intelligent systems require to operate safely and reliably.”