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Celestia UK wins navigation contract from ESA

Celestia UK’s logo. Credit: Celestia UK

Edinburgh, 30 September 2022. – Hi-tech startup Celestia UK, has won a €800,000 ESA NAVSIP (Navigation, Innovation and Support Programme) contract to develop LEO-SYN+, an innovative PNT (Positioning, Navigation and Timing) solution based on low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellations for 5G networks and applications, the company said. The project’s aim is to boost the reliability and performance of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System).

LEO-SYN+ will use LEO satellite Signals of Opportunity (SoOp) to provide a position and time references for 5G networks. Celestia’s PNT receiver will be compatible with multi-GNSS constellations and LEO SoOps to mitigate interference from tall buildings or trees. The prototype, once validated, will pave the way for additional applications to critical infrastructures following the initial ESA NAVSIP roll-out. 

Celestia UK is partnering with Heriot-Watt University for the project to leverage its knowledge in Satcoms and Digital Signal Processing. In addition, the company is also cooperating with The Scotland 5G Centre, the centre for accelerating the deployment of 5G. 5G will support higher data throughput and interactive services while also providing new PNT possibilities.

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