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Contract signed with OHB, SSTL for eight more Galileo satellites

June 24, 2017By

UK’s SSTL to build third batch of Galileo navigation payloads News from the European Space Agency Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation will gain an additional eight satellites, bringing it to completion, thanks to a contract signed Thursday at the Paris Air and Space Show. The contract to build and test another eight Galileo satellites was awarded to a consortium led by prime... read more

Handbook on GNSS published by Springer

June 22, 2017By

The Springer Handbook of Global Navigation Satellite Systems is now available. Described as “A state-of-the-art description of GNSS as a key technology for science and society at large,” the 1,327-page tome is edited by Peter J.G. Teunissen and Oliver Montenbruck. Teunissen is a professor of Geodesy and Satellite Navigation at Curtin University, Australia, and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft),... read more

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New reports confirm near-perfect performance record for civil GPS service

June 21, 2017By

The U.S. Air Force released two technical reports demonstrating that the Global Positioning System (GPS) continues to deliver exceptional performance to civilian users around the world, reported the Los Angeles Air Force Base. Operated by the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, the GPS constellation provides precise PNT services worldwide 24-hours a day, seven days a week.... read more

Galileo satellite team wins European Inventor Award

June 16, 2017By

The invisible signals that Europe’s Galileo satellites are beaming down to the world are officially award-winning: the team behind their design has won the European Inventor Award, run by the European Patent Office, reports the European Space Agency. The 12th European Inventor Award (Research) was given at a special ceremony on 15 June at the Arsenale di Venezia in Venice,... read more

Project to advance multi-GNSS development uses Spirent test systems

June 15, 2017By

Spirent Communications’ testing systems are being used by the European Union TREASURE project (Training, REsearch and Applications network to Support the Ultimate Real-time high-accuracy EGNSS). The aim of the four-year project is to provide instantaneous and high-accuracy positioning anywhere in the world, exploiting different satellite systems operating together to provide users with positional accuracy of a few centimeters. By 2020... read more

Thales signs contract to upgrade Europe’s EGNOS

June 9, 2017By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for an upgrade to Europe’s EGNOS satellite navigation augmentation system, which underpins the safety-critical use of satnav across Europe, according to ESA. Designed by ESA and being exploited by Europe’s GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) improves the precision of GPS signals over... read more

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Navigation from LEO: Current capability and future promise

June 8, 2017By

Editor’s Note: This online preview presents brief highlights from the upcoming July cover story in GPS World, “Navigation from LEO: Current Capability and Future Promise.” The article is by David Lawrence, H. Stewart Cobb, Greg Gutt, and Michael O’Connor of Satelles, Tyler G. R. Reid and Todd F. Walter of Stanford University, and David Whelan. Webinar on Thursday. The Satellite... read more

Two more satellites join Galileo constellation

June 8, 2017By

Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe’s Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet, reported the European Space Agency. These are the 15th and 16th satellites to join the network, two of the four Galileos that were launched together by Ariane 5 on Nov. 17, 2016, and... read more