Low-power GNSS chipset solutions provider etherWhere has teamed up with Xona Space Systems to create a receiver that can track Xona’s next-generation PULSAR signal. PULSAR is a position, navigation, and timing (PNT) service provided by a constellation of small, powerful low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites.
The PULSAR + dual-band GNSS receiver will be a single chip, low-power solution that can integrate all four GNSS constellations while simultaneously receiving and processing the Xona PULSAR signal. This innovative receiver, with its single-digit milliwatt power consumption, will enable various applications including IoT, asset tracking, mobile, precise timing, and secure geolocation.
etherWhere’s Hybrid Constellation solution combines traditional GNSS receivers with LEO satellite receivers in one low-power silicon. It is an ideal solution for applications that require low power, redundancy, and security with anti-jamming and anti-spoofing technology.
The integration of Xona’s PULSAR into etherWhere’s new products will provide users with unprecedented PNT performance in terms of size and cost-effectiveness. The PULSAR signal offers enhanced multipath mitigation, higher accuracy, and improved protection against interference and spoofing. It can be easily integrated into various solutions, including traditional GNSS receivers.
Xona has also recently partnered with Lockheed Martin to ensure military-grade security for PULSAR services and to accelerate the development of signal security and license management features.
Additionally, Xona has collaborated with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. Space Force to advance the development of its LEO PNT architecture, which leverages the PULSAR service.
Xona’s partners include Syntony, Spirent, and Hexagon | NovAtel, all of which are actively involved in supporting the advancement of PULSAR technology.
Xona is currently preparing for the launch of its first production satellites, scheduled for 2024.