Spirent Federal Systems has announced a collaboration with Xona Space Systems to develop simulation and test capabilities for Xona signals produced by small satellites (smallsats) operating in low Earth orbit (LEO). Xona is a San Mateo-based startup developing a smallsat constellation for a dedicated positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) service.
Xona’s patent-pending approach using small satellites in LEO is intended to improve global PNT resilience and accuracy by both enhancing GNSS and operating as an independent system. Xona’s high-power signals utilize advanced signal structure and security techniques, improving jamming and spoofing resistance as well as multi-path mitigation.
Jennifer Smith, Senior Director of Business Development at Spirent Federal said that they do all they can to protect, toughen, and augment PNT and are eager to work with emerging companies like Xona who are developing a next-gen navigation and timing architecture. Their simulators provide critical support to developers and integrators by enabling testing and validation before the product deploys.
The space and defense sectors also benefit from Spirent Federal’s expertise in generating high fidelity RF signals using quadrature (I/Q) data. Spirent test tools allow the full customization of I/Q data. Customers can generate unique I/Q data corresponding to experimental modulation schemes and use Spirent Federal’s signal generation capabilities to create the corresponding RF. Such rapid prototyping allows for quick turnaround times and shorter iteration cycles. Alternatively, scenarios created using Spirent Federal’s proprietary SimGEN software can be saved as I/Q data which can be processed by software-implemented receivers.
Brian Manning, CEO of Xona Space Systems stated that building a new generation of satellite navigation and timing services goes far beyond just the satellites. It requires building an entire ecosystem from ground stations to chipset manufacturers to end-users and systems integrators. Having reliable and trusted simulation capabilities is critical to support all of these areas, which is why they are thrilled to be working with Spirent to provide a robust solution to their partners.
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