Xona Space Systems and StarNav will jointly develop user equipment capable of receiving Xona’s Pulsar service to produce resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions for commercial and government end users.
Xona’s patent-pending Low Earth Orbit (LEO) system architecture will use advanced signals and the efficiency of small satellites to deliver affordable global service with 10x the accuracy and 100x better interference mitigation. that of current GNSS, according to the company. Xona’s Pulsar precision LEO PNT service is designed to both provide users with a secure and robust enhancement to traditional GNSS while also providing alternative PNT capability independent of GNSS. Delivered via a secure, high-power signal from satellites in low Earth orbit, Pulsar aims to enable the next wave of connected technologies
StarNav is a Riverside-based startup that develops PNT user equipment to take advantage of radio signals of opportunity as a backup or alternative to GPS. These signals include signals transmitted over land, such as cellular and television signals, and signals transmitted by satellite, such as communication and the Internet. StarNav’s products use specialized analog and digital signal processing designs to harness multiple signal types, all from a single product. StarNav develops specialized front-ends and receivers that convert ambient radio signals into PNT information to improve the reliability of the intelligent system. Whether a radio signal has been transmitted for communication, internet or PNT, StarNav products can exploit them using a single patent pending product to provide PNT redundancy for safe system operation.
“StarNav sees tremendous value in including Xona’s PNT service features in our products,” said Joshua Morales, CEO of StarNav. “To this end, we are moving forward with the development and integration of a receiver to include Xona’s PNT service alongside our suite of opportunity signal receivers. This will add the redundancy of PNT information, which intelligent systems need to operate safely and reliably. “