Receiver Integrates U.S. and Russian Satellite Signals
Ashtech announced the introduction of its GG24 receiver, the world`s first single-board receiver to tightly integrate U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) and Russian GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS) satellite-based navigation technologies. The integration of both GPS and GLONASS into one receiver not only realizes a significant technological achievement, but also marks a turning point in the application of Cold War science to global commercial endeavors.
GPS was originally developed by the United States as a navigation and positioning tool for military purposes. At the same time, the Soviet Union built the Russian GLONASS system for similar military applications. Ashtech`s GG24 is the first fully integrated receiver designed to take advantage of both disciplines for commercial, non-military purposes. The GG24`s ability to receive and use signals from both the 24 GPS satellites and the 24 GLONASS satellites ensures its rapid integration into a wide variety of high-precision land-, sea- and air-based applications on a global scale.
The GG24 incorporates receiver autonomous integrity monitoring to guarantee confidence in the navigation measurements. Because of the availability of an expanded number of satellites and that GLONASS signals are not degraded for military purposes, the GG24 can obtain autonomous position and velocity results that are considerably more accurate than a stand-alone GPS receiver. It will ultimately usher in a host of new GPS applications demanding a higher level of precision and performance.