Augmentation & Assistance

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

Out in Front: The System, Simulated

May 1, 2013By

Wealth, breadth, and depth. That’s what this issue brings you, in signal simulation- and testing-related content. Unfortunately, the wealth on offer has to large extent elbowed out our two news sections, The Business and The System. The former is given short shrift in this issue and the latter even shorter herewith, in pithy precis with website shortcuts. And our apologies.... read more

New EGNOS Open Service Definition Released

April 29, 2013By

The European Commission has released version 2.0 of the EGNOS Open Service Definition Document (SDD), according to the European GNSS Agency. The revised document reflects recent improvements in EGNOS geographic coverage and other enhancements. The new version 2.0 of the European Commission’s EGNOS SDD (Open Service Definition Document) reflects recent improvements implemented for the EGNOS service. The document shows significant... read more