Augmentation & Assistance

Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Starts Signal Transmissions

July 25, 2013By
FIGURE 2. IQ constellation diagram of IRNSS-1A L5 signal.

By Richard B. Langley Update (July 29, 2013): The spectrum recorded by the German Aerospace Center researchers appears to be consistent with a combination of BPSK(1) and BOC(5,2) modulation. This is the signal structure that ISRO announced would be used for IRNSS transmissions in the L-band: “The IRNSS signals consist of two special services namely Standard Positioning Service (SPS) and... read more

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Out in Front: A Star Is Born

July 24, 2013By

Welcome to the club, India, and happy Birth Day. With the July 1 launch of IRNSS-1A, India and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System have officially joined the GNSSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society). With full membership, however, come some society duties and responsibilities. Chief and first among these is to provide all other society members and interested parties with... read more

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IRNSS-1A Reaches Preliminary Destination Orbit

July 11, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. Following the July 1 launch of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System 1A satellite, five orbit maneuvers were to be conducted by the master control facility to position the satellite in its circular inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) with an equator crossing at 55 degrees east longitude. Reports indicate that orbit raising maneuvers have been completed with... read more

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Experts Meet to Standardize Satellite Augmentation Systems

July 3, 2013By
The GPS global satellite navigation system has an accuracy of 5–10 m. Across our continent that accuracy is greatly sharpened to 1-2 m through the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), an operational precursor to Europe’s coming Galileo global satnav system. EGNOS broadcasts augmented information through a trio of geostationary satellites linked to a network of monitoring ground stations.

More than 30 specialists overseeing the world’s five satellite navigation augmentation systems gathered in Russia last week, planning for a high-performance future with many more navigation satellites in orbit, reports the European Space Agency. The Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) Interoperability Working Group was hosted June 25–27 in St. Petersburg by Russia’s Roscosmos space agency and the Russian Academy of Sciences.... read more

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India Launches First Navigation Satellite

July 1, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The first satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was successfully launched today. The launch of IRNSS-1A occurred on schedule at is scheduled for 18:13 UTC from the spaceport of Sriharikota. Liftoff from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre occurred on schedule at 18:11 UTC. The 1,425-kg satellite was launched... read more

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India’s First Navigation Satellite to Lift Off Today

June 28, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Launch of the first satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is scheduled for 18:13 UTC on July 1. Launch rehearsal has been completed successfully. The 64-hour countdown is expected to start at 7:11 (IST) tomorrow, June 29, and the launch will take place from the spaceport of Sriharikota. The 1,425 kg satellite... read more

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Navigation Center for India’s SatNav System Inaugurated

June 3, 2013By

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Navigation Centre, an important element of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), was inaugurated May 28. The INC has been established at the Indian Deep Space Network complex at Byalalu, about 40 kilometers from Bangalore, India. IRNSS, an independent navigation satellite system being developed by India, will have a constellation of seven satellites... read more

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Maiden EGNOS Flight Trials Prove Successful in Eastern Europe

May 13, 2013By
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Maiden flight trials have been successfully conducted in Moldova using GMV’s magicSBAS solution. These trials form part of a GMV-led European Commission FP7 collaboration project. In 2011 the European GNSS Agency (GSA) awarded GMV the EEGS2 project (EGNOS Extension to Eastern Europe). The main objective of the project is to demonstrate through flight trials the benefits of the European Geostationary Navigation... read more