Second Galileo IOV Satellite Transmitting Signals

January 16, 2012 - By

On Monday, 16 January, at about 02:18 UTC, the second of the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites, FM2 (Flight Model 2) also known as GSAT0102, started transmitting navigation signals on the L1/E1 frequency using the E12 ranging code, according to tracking reports from the COoperative Network for GIOVE Observation (CONGO). read more

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Facts, Law, Table, Pound, Hand

January 16, 2012 - By

So it has come to this. LightSquared officers want the FCC to investigate Brad Parkinson. Senator Joe McCarthy is not a good look for them. A young attorney of my acquaintance, who also happens to be a contributing editor to this magazine, wrote me in this regard: “Lawyers have an old saying — when you don’t have the law on... read more

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CES Turning into Big Tech Auto Show

January 13, 2012 - By

Navigating your way through thousands of booths and 140,000 attendees is a challenge in itself at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. While there was a huge amount of location-based services news, the big deal was the presence of just about every automobile manufacturer. Such off-site meetings as the Consumer Telematics Show, Showstoppers and AT&T Developer’s Conference also highlighted the connected car. read more

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Should GPS Users Accept New ‘Fees’?

January 12, 2012 - By

This week, I'm pleased to present to you an essay written by Gavin Schrock, a licensed land surveyor (Washington), technology writer and administrator of the Washington State Reference Network (WSRN), which operates 103 GNSS reference stations that comprise the statewide RTK Network. read more

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Where Am I?

January 12, 2012 - By

I have long advocated that our warfighters and first responders deserve the best equipment available so they can answer the basic question, "Where Am I?" quickly and with complete certainty. Or, "Where am I now and how do I get to someplace of relative safety quickly?" Unfortunately, government-furnished equipment (GFE), in this case the GPS handheld equipment we supply our warfighters, does not do a good or even adequate job of answering that question. read more

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U.S. Air Force Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin for GPS III Launch, Checkout

January 11, 2012 - By

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $21.5 million contract to provide a Launch and Checkout Capability (LCC) to command and control all GPS III satellites from launch through early on-orbit testing. The LCC, which will be integrated into the Raytheon-developed Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), will ensure launch availability for the first GPS III satellite in 2014. The LCC includes trained satellite operators and engineering solutions in partnership with OCX to support launch, early orbit operations and checkout of all GPS III satellites before the spacecraft are turned over to Air Force Space Command for operations. read more

GLONASS Modernization: Maybe Six Planes, Probably More Satellites

January 10, 2012 - By

Proposals made at a December 27 Moscow meeting on the status and future of the satellite constellation included one to expand the GLONASS constellation to 30 satellites using six orbital planes. Five other options for upgrading the constellation were also aired. read more

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First Galileo IOV Satellite Producing Full Spectrum of Signals

January 3, 2012 - By

Europe’s first Galileo satellite appears to be functioning as expected, transmitting test signals received by the European Space Agency’s ground station in Redu, Belgium, across the whole of its assigned radio spectrum, ESA reports. The first two Galileo satellites were launched by Soyuz from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on October 21. They are currently in the midst of a rigorous campaign to check that their highly sophisticated navigation payloads are operating as planned, unaffected by the strains of launch. read more

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