GNSS

Summer — and the Living Ain’t Easy

September 29, 2014By

Summer 2014 will be one that the €6.3 billion (US$8.2 billion) Galileo GNSS programme will need to chalk down to experience and hope to move on from. At the time of my last EAGER column, we were starting to get a hint that one of the four in-orbit Galileo IOV satellites was not functioning. We now know that it has... read more

IRNSS Signal in Space ICD Released

September 25, 2014By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released Version 1 of the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) Signal in Space Interface Control Document for the Standard Positioning Service. The document provides information on the signals and structures of the IRNSS system, including signal modulations, frequency bands, received power levels, the data structures and their... read more

Galileo’s Two Giant Steps Back

September 24, 2014By

Galileo’s first two full-operational capability (FOC) satellites have been in a safe state since August 28, under control from the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) center in Darmstadt, Germany, despite having been released on August 22 into lower and elliptical orbits instead of the expected circular orbits. ESA continues investigating the possible exploitation of the out-of-position satellites to maximum advantage, despite... read more

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First Satellite Masters Conference Features Networking, Awards

September 24, 2014By

The first Satellite Masters Conference, scheduled for October 23-24 in Berlin, is planned as a networking event and a “unique marketplace for sharing innovations based on satellite navigation and Earth observation capabilities and connecting with the world’s leading network for downstream satellite business,” according to conference organizers. The event will feature conference sessions, workshops, and round-table discussions. Speakers will come from research... read more

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China to Join Effort on Aircraft Satnav Standards

September 23, 2014By
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Europe’s EGNOS augmentation system sharpens the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals so they can safely be used for landing approaches across a growing number of European airports. But aviation is a global enterprise — so the aim is to develop a seamless network of augmentation systems in future. That is the task of an international group of experts, the... read more

GPS III Payload Arrives, Platform Acceptance Tests Next

September 22, 2014By

Enter GPS III. The long-awaited navigation payload for the next-generation satellite pulled into its new temporary home over the September 13 weekend, the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Littleton, Colorado. Lockheed is the U.S. Air Force’s  prime contractor for the first batch of eight GPS III satellites. Exelis Geospatial Systems has committed to delivering the payloads for the second,... read more

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Seventh GPS-IIF Satellite Set to Healthy and Usable

September 22, 2014By

The seventh GPS-IIF satellite, SVN-68/PRN-09, launched on August 2, was set to healthy and usable Sunday night, according to Rick Hamilton, CGSIC executive secretariat of the USCG Navigation Center. The change brings the number of satellites transmitting the L2C signal to 13, and those transmitting the L5 signal to seven. The next GPS-IIF satellite, IIF-8/SVN-69, is tentatively scheduled for launch on October  29. Below... read more

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Talks on Placing GLONASS Stations in the U.S. Not Renewed

September 19, 2014By

RIA Novosti is reporting that negotiations regarding the placement of a differential correction and monitoring GLONASS station in the United States have not yet been renewed. The news agency quotes remarks by Grigory Stupak, first deputy general designer of Russian space systems, during the Fourth International School on Satellite Navigation. In all, 40-50 GLONASS stations are planned for placement around the world, Stupak... read more