Nov Atel Launches GNSS Iono Scintillation and TEC Monitor Receiver

NovAtel GPStation-6

NovAtel Inc. has introduced its GPStation-6 GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitor (GISTM) receiver designed for ionospheric monitoring and space weather applications.


NovAtel Inc. has introduced its GPStation-6 GNSS Ionospheric Scintillation and TEC Monitor (GISTM) receiver designed for ionospheric monitoring and space weather applications.

The GPStation-6 receiver integrates NovAtel’s powerful OEM628 measurement engine with a high-quality, low phase-noise, oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO). According to the company, the receiver provides robust signal tracking, ionospheric scintillation, and TEC measurements for all current and upcoming GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Compass/BeiDou satellite signals.

Designed as a replacement to the GSV4004B GISTM receiver (no longer commercially available), the GPStation-6 provides backwards compatibility from both a hardware and software perspective. Housed in NovAtel’s EuroPak enclosure, the receiver provides a communications interface and log outputs compatible with the GSV4004B.

“The research community has been using GSV4004B technology in their ground reference stations to help understand and monitor activity in the Ionosphere,” says Pat Fenton, NovAtel’s vice-president of technology and chief technology officer. “NovAtel has acquired and enhanced this important technology so that it will continue to be available for the research community and for the range of industries that are impacted by the degradation of precision GNSS during ionospheric activity.”

NovAtel is currently accepting GPStation-6 orders with product shipments planned for Q4, 2011.