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ESOC GNSS Station at Awarua (AWAR)

An internal ESOC Navigation Support Office GNSS station.


The station at Awarua in southern New Zealand was established in August of 2014 as a joint collaboration with the Venture Southland authority and ESA/ESOC.

The station provides excellent coverage over much of the south pacific and the Asian region, it is in a remote area with a perfectly clear view down to the horizon in all directions.


The station consists of a Septentrio PolaRx4 Multi-GNSS receiver and an external Rubidium signal generator (clock) to which the receiver connects for more stable operations.

The GNSS antenna is a Septentrio Chokering MC antenna that can track; GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS and SBAS satellites.


Below are some pictures of the equipment as installed at Awarua.


ESOC-GN Awarua GNSS antenna installation


ESOC-GN Awarua GNSS receiver and atomic clock