Augmentation & Assistance

India Launches Third Navigation Satellite, IRNSS-1C

October 16, 2014By
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India has successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), early on October 16. The satellite was launched aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C26 at 2002 GMT (4:02 p.m. EDT) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.After the lift-off of PSLV-C26 with the ignition of the first stage, the important flight events — namely, stage and strap-on ignitions, heat-shield separation,... read more

JAVAD GNSS Tracks IRNSS Signal

October 2, 2014By

JAVAD GNSS has published a chart showing that it has tracked the IRNSS (Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System) L5 signal. Shortly after the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) released its IRNSS Signal in Space Interface Control Document (ICD), JAVAD GNSS was able to track the L5 BPSK signal from both 1A and 1B satellites. Ability to track IRNSS L5 will be added to all... read more

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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

Canadian Science Minister Announces Grant to Langley’s UNB Lab

August 26, 2014By
Professor Langley (center) discusses the UNB geodesy program with Canadian Science Minister Ed Holder (second from left.)

The Canadian Minister of State for science and technology, Ed Holder, visited the University of New Brunswick on July 28 to announce the awarding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of $2.4 million to 28 UNB researchers. He was joined by Keith Ashfield, member of Parliament for Fredericton, where UNB is based, and Craig Leonard, the New Brunswick Minister... read more

QZSS May Expand to Meet Japan’s Surveillance Needs

August 22, 2014By

The Japan News is reporting that the Japanese Committee on the National Space Policy has compiled a draft proposal that includes increasing the number of quasi-zenith satellites (QZSS), Japan’s satellite navigation system, from the current single satellite to a total of four. Currently, Japan is operating only one quasi-zenith satellite, named Michibiki. The increase would be made to strengthen Japan’s overall... read more

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Testing of Luch-5V Begins Using PRN 140

August 4, 2014By

The L-band SBAS transponder on the third Luch Multifunctional Space Relay System geostationary satellite, Luch-5V (“v” is the third letter of the Russian alphabet), launched on April 28, has started test transmissions using PRN code 140. The satellite is positioned at 95° east longitude and completes the Russian three-satellite SBAS constelltion for the System for Differential Corrections and Monitoring. Stations... read more

The System: GLONASS Fumbles Forward

May 1, 2014By
GLONASS PLOT from the Roscosmos GLONASS Information-Analytical Centre, showing the 12-hour outage, with full service eventually restored on April 2.

Two April Disruptions Furnish Fodder for Multi-GNSS Receivers and Alternative PNT In an unprecedented total disruption of a fully operational GNSS constellation, all satellites in the Russian GLONASS broadcast corrupt information for 11 hours, from just past midnight until noon Russian time (UTC+4) on April 2 (or 5 p.m. on April 1 to 4  a.m. April 2, U.S. Eastern time).... read more

GLONASS Blackout Coincides with Loran Authorization-in-Progress

April 8, 2014By

Russia’s April 1 GLONASS blackout occurred, ironically, only hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to preserve infrastructure that could support a back-up system for GPS that could be used for critical infrastructure and applications in the event of a similar disaster occurring in the United States. The 2014 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the Department of Homeland... read more

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