NavCom Technology Partners with Astrium Services in Europe

NavCom Technology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, and Astrium Services have formed a strategic partnership to deliver precise positioning solutions throughout Europe.

NavCom Technology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Deere & Company, and Astrium Services have formed a strategic partnership to deliver precise positioning solutions throughout Europe.

Through this new alliance, Astrium Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium, will become the sole European supplier of NavCom’s GNSS product and positioning solutions, including the StarFire Network, NavCom’s global decimeter-accurate satellite-based augmentation system (GSBAS).

“By providing the stand-alone accuracy of the global StarFire Network along with precise positioning solutions, our new partnership with Astrium Services has the potential to bring GSBAS to new and important market sectors including defense, civil security and aerospace,” said Michael Lindsay, chief operating officer for NavCom Technology.

“This agreement perfectly complements our existing AXIO-NET Network-RTK services covering Germany, which can provide accuracy to within two centimeters, and firmly positions Astrium Services as the leading supplier of precise positioning services in Europe,” said Rudolf Henneberger, director of navigation for Astrium Services. “We look forward to integrating this exciting technology into both our EADS products, for example UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles], and our services such as cadastral surveying and precision mapping.”

Axio-Net was formed as a joint venture between EADS and Allsat GmbH network+services in September 2007 to operate the German ascos service. Ascos was rebranded as AXIO-NET when the JV extended the service outside Germany, based on a network of terrestrial reference stations that generate high-accuracy differential corrections of GPS and GLONASS satellite signals.

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