The South Korean Earth Observation satellite left Earth for space this past Saturday. A navigation receiver acquired from RUAG Space’s advanced generation of GNSS will be determining the satellite’s orbital position. The satellite will be gathering high-quality images of the Earth from space. This advanced frequency Low Earth Orbit GNSS receiver will help the satellite lodge in orbit with enough maneuverability to capture as many details on Earth as possible. The Senior Vice President Electronics at RUAG Space, Anders Linder, explained that this navigation receiver would be their first, going with the name LEORIX, that can interpret and manipulate signals from the United States navigation system GPS and the European system Galileo.
The executive articulated that they have been investing in new technologies to continue offering the space industry’s best products. Various orders from global customers have ensured that the company thrives in providing this technology at its best to the space industry. Currently, there are over 80 RUAG Space receivers that are being developed after the company received their order. The name LEORIX which denotes the navigation receiver, is short for the Low Earth Orbit receiver, and there are its variants whose initials denote the orbit that they would position the satellite like GEORIX Geostationary Orbit and PODRIX. The orders for these navigation receivers came in from their clients in the Middle East, Asia, and the United States of America.
The navigation receivers will be deployed for different Earth orbit missions from this year forward. Currently, RUAG Space has 32 navigation receivers gracing the space on different satellites. The latest deployment will be via the Russian Soyuz-2 launch vehicle from the spaceport at Baikonur in Kazakhstan. This mission will launch the CAS-500-2 satellite that will be carrying the navigation receiver from the company. Future South Korean missions are devising systems that can integrate the navigation receivers to avoid the hassle of positioning the satellite in its orbit.
South Korea has proved that the navigation receiver technology can help in spacing satellites in the outer expanse while avoiding collision with debris and other satellites in space. The country’s space agency revealed that the CAS500-2 satellite that they would be launching would have the LEORIX receiver, although they are still ascertaining the appropriate launch date. The company developing the satellite, Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI), stated that they have the navigation receiver in their facility. Hopefully, the company will finish the satellite and integrate the receiver into its system.
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