Through a new partnership, Orolia, a Safran Electronics & Defense company, will develop support for Xona Space Systems’ Low-Earth-Orbit (LEO) constellation and navigation signals in its Skydel-powered simulation and testing products. Xona is developing PULSAR, a high-performance PNT service enabled by a commercial constellation of dedicated LEO satellites.
The PULSAR service will advance capabilities in global PNT security, resilience and accuracy by augmenting existing GNSS while also operating as an independent PNT constellation, according to a news release. Xona’s high-power signals use modern signal structures and security techniques, adding resilience in challenging RF environments.
Skydel powers Safran’s portfolio of advanced GNSS simulators like the GSG-8. The GNSS simulation engine will provide support for PULSAR signals and satellite constellation, giving OEMs, developers and integrators a tool that enables early testing and validation of Xona’s LEO PNT signal performance.
“Offering a new generation of satellite navigation and timing services allows receiver manufacturers to develop entirely new capabilities for end users,” Xona Space Systems CEO Brian Manning said, according to the release. “Xona’s mission is to enable modern technologies to operate safely in any environment, anywhere on Earth. Having market-proven simulation solutions are critical to support the development of these new applications and technologies, which is why we are excited to be working with Safran to provide next-generation GNSS simulation tools to our partners and customers.”