Augmentation & Assistance

Second of Seven Satellites for IRNSS Launched

April 4, 2014By
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India’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its second navigation satellite today, April 4, at 11:44 UTC. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket launched the IRNSS-1B spacecraft in a mission originating from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Liftoff was on schedule. IRNSS-1B is the second of seven satellites that comprise the first-generation Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1B... read more

The System: Galileo Countdown, PNT Advisory Board

April 1, 2014By

Galileo Countdown to 10 by Year’s End Signs Point Toward Early Services in December, If ESA Delivers A February conference on the European Union’s space policy in Brussels sought to set a course for 2020 and close official ranks behind the prospect of early Galileo services at the end of this year. Much in the business community’s perception of the... read more

EGNOS Satellite Launched Successfully

March 25, 2014By

The satellite ASTRA 5B, which will become part of the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), launched successfully after a one-day delay. It lifted off on March 22 aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket at 2204 GMT (6:04 p.m. EDT) from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana. Officials from Arianespace, the French launch services company, declared the... read more

EGNOS to Gain Satellite with Scheduled Launch

March 20, 2014By
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The launch of the satellite ASTRA 5B, which will become part of the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), is scheduled for Friday, March 21, according to satellite company SES. It will be launched into space from the European Space Centre in French Guiana on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket between 19:05 p.m. and 20:02 p.m. local time... read more

SBAS Working Group Looks to Galileo for Aircraft Guidance, Defines L5

February 28, 2014By
Planned GAGAN service coverage for the two different service levels (RNP0.1 and APV1). GAGAN has been jointly undertaken by the Airport Authority of India and the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, to achieve smooth transition to satellite-based navigation and seamless air traffic management across continents. GAGAN is designed to provide improved accuracy, availability and integrity necessary to enable users to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, from en route through approach for all qualified airports within the GAGAN service volume. More precisely it is aimed to provide Non Precision Approach RNP0.1 service levels to the entire Indian Flight Information Region and Precision Approach APV1 service (equivalent to the current EGNOS Service) within a specified service volume within Indian land mass.

Plans to harness Galileo and other satnav systems for next-generation satellite augmentation systems for aviation and other high-performance uses took a significant step forward at the latest gathering of worldwide operators and experts, reports the European Space Agency. Satellite augmentation systems combine additional ground stations and satellite transponders to sharpen satnav accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions — based... read more

Rx Networks Launches BeiDou Services

February 24, 2014By

Rx Networks, Inc., a mobile location technology and services company, has completed the upgrade of its GPStream Global Reference Network (GRN) to include the BeiDou constellation. A top-tier GNSS semiconductor vendor has already incorporated this new feature so its platform can take advantage of the extra satellites now available in the BeiDou constellation, the company said. Global real-time assistance and... read more

Up to Seven GLONASS Ground Stations Planned outside Russia in 2014

February 14, 2014By

Russia will deploy up to seven ground monitoring and augmentation stations for GLONASS outside of Russia, reports The Voice of Russia radio. GLONASS/GNSS Forum Association Executive Director Vladimir Klimov explained the plans at a conference. “It is planned to deploy about six or seven stations on foreign territories this year,” Klimov said. Negotiations for the stations are now taking place... read more

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