Beyond Gravity's Navigation Receiver Helps Deliver Precise Data for NASA's PACE Mission

Beyond Gravity's Navigation Receiver Helps Deliver Precise Data for NASA's PACE Mission

NASA is using a navigation receiver from Beyond Gravity, a leading space supplier, for a new climate protection satellite that is due to be launched into space. NASA’s PACE climate mission uses satellite technology to monitor changes in global marine biology, aerosols (small particles floating in the atmosphere), and clouds. 

PACE will provide important information about aerosols such as dust, pollen, and smoke. These particles can affect air quality and lead to asthma and respiratory diseases in humans. The centimeter-precise position of the satellite in space is determined with the help of technology from Beyond Gravity. The more precise the positioning, the more accurate the data that the satellite delivers. The satellite will be launched from Cape Canaveral Spaceport in the USA (Florida) on board a SpaceX rocket.

25 navigation receivers in space

Beyond Gravity, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, is a leading supplier to both established customers and New Space customers. Currently, the company has 25 navigation receivers that determine the position of satellites in space. The navigation receivers are being developed and built at its site in Vienna, Austria. In addition, thermal insulation from Beyond Gravity, made at its site in Austria, protects an instrument on the NASA satellite from the cold and heat in space. The instrument measures the intensity of the sunlight that is reflected back into space from the Earth's atmosphere, the land surface, and the oceans. 

Satellite observation of marine biology

PACE stands for “Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem”. NASA's PACE climate mission observes global marine biology, aerosols (tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere), and clouds from space. PACE provides a better insight into ocean health by measuring the distribution of phytoplankton. Phytoplankton consists of tiny plants and algae that support the marine food web. 

Aerosols: Small particles in the atmosphere such as volcanic ash

The PACE climate satellite also observes aerosols. These are small particles floating in the atmosphere. Examples include smoke from fires, desert dust, volcanic ash from eruptions, and urban haze from industrial activities. NASA is interested in aerosols because of climate change, health, and air quality, among other things. For example, PACE will provide important information on aerosols such as dust, pollen, smoke, and haze. These particles can significantly affect air quality and lead to asthma and respiratory diseases in people at risk.

Clouds: Observation provides data for weather and climate

Observing clouds from space is important for providing data for weather forecasting and climate monitoring, for example. Clouds reflect the visible light of the sun and can capture the heat radiation emitted by the earth. A change in cloud cover can influence the Earth's temperature balance. In the future, PACE observations of aerosols and clouds will be used by industry, universities, authorities, and scientists to better predict the weather and climate. The PACE climate satellite was built by NASA's development team at the Goddard Space Flight Center (Maryland, near Washington DC).

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013