September 10, 2008

SpectraTime Awarded 4 M Contract to Supply Rubidium Space

SpectraTime awarded 4 M contract to supply Rubidium Spaceclocks to the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System

SpectraTime, a company of the Orolia group (NYSE Alternext Paris - FR0010501015 - ALORO), today announced the award of a contract valued at approximately 4 million to supply Rubidium Space Clocks to the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS). With this new contract, SpectraTime confirms its position as the world- leading supplier of space atomic clocks and is on the way to having the largest number of atomic clocks in space on-board satellites.

IRNSS : Indian Regional Navigational Satellite SystemThe Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System, developed by the Indian Space Agency ISRO, will consist of seven satellites. Three of the satellites will be placed in geostationary orbit and the four others in geosynchronous orbit. The constellation will also comprise a ground segment consisting of a Center of Principal Control and ground stations in order to follow the satellites and to guarantee the system integrity.The Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System, whose first satellite could be launched in 2009, will be able to provide an absolute position with an accuracy of 20 meters through all India and at a distance of about 2000 km beyond its borders.

SpectraTime atomic clocks: the heart of the system --The principle of navigation by satellite is based on the transmission of signals coming from at least four satellites, to the users. To get very precise location data, these signals must be perfectly synchronized.The extremely precise measurement of time on board each satellite, achieved through embarked atomic clocks, is thus a central condition for the positioning performance of the system. In the framework of the IRNSS program, each satellite will have four SpectraTime Rubidium atomic clocks on board to reach a stability of less than 10 billionths of a second per day. To give a point of comparison, our clocks are 10million times more precise than a watch made of quartz" , says Pascal Rochat, Chief Executive Officer of SpectraTime.

Space Rubidium Clock Crdits Photo: Orolia

SpectraTime: the leading space atomic clocks supplier --With this new contract, awarded just 4 months after Giove-B the second experimental satellite of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Galileo, was successfully launched, SpectraTime strengthens its competitive positions on the fast-growing GNSS market : 'A worldwide satellite navigation constellation consists of 20 to 30 satellites, embarking each 3 to 4 atomic clocks. Within 5 years, we expect to have the largest number of space-borne atomic clocks than any other company." Underlines Pascal Rochat. 2008 Al Bawaba (

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