Augmentation & Assistance

Japan to Expand QZSS with Three Birds, Ground Control

April 5, 2013By

The Japanese government has ordered three navigation satellites from Mitsubishi Electric Corp. to expand the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), reports Spaceflight Now. QZSS augments GPS navigation signals for users in the Asia-Pacific region. NEC Corporation has also been awarded a contract, for the Ground Control Segment. Japan’s Cabinet Office announced the QZSS expansion on March 29, approving a $526 million... read more

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EGNOS and Galileo Track Dangerous Goods

April 1, 2013By
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EGNOS availability over Europe, as a precursor of Galileo globally, provides a guaranteed level of positioning accuracy in real time, for tracking vehicles transporting hazardous material. The EGNOS Open Service enhances position accuracy compared to GPS-only. The EGNOS Data Access Service further enhances accuracy and indicates the quality of the position data received from GPS. As a result of the SCUTUM project, EGNOS is now used in the operational transport of dangerous goods by road in Europe. read more

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Upcoming GNSS Satellite Launches Scheduled

March 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Satellites expected to be launched in support of various Global Navigation Satellite Systems are the following: GPS May 15: Block IIF-4, SVN66, launch window: 17:39-17:58 UTC November: Block IIF-5 GLONASS April 26: Single GLONASS-M or -K satellite from Plesetsk June 28: Three GLONASS-M satellites from Baikonur Galileo October: FOC-1 launch (two satellites) Indian Regional Navigation... read more

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Test Confirms EGNOS + Galileo = Safer Skies

February 13, 2013By
EGEP testbed combined GPS/GALILEO

Europe’s two satellite navigation systems could combine in the future for heightened performance, an airborne test has confirmed. A helicopter flight took place above an alpine valley in Germany, the one place on Earth where Galileo services are already routinely available. Results of the flight test, conducted in September 2012, show that adding Galileo signals to the European Geostationary Navigation... read more

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Russia, India Join Global Satnav Augmentation Meeting

January 28, 2013By
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Experts ensuring that aircraft can safely rely on satellite navigation across Europe and other parts of the globe met last week to share future plans, welcoming Russian and Indian representatives for the first time, reports the European Space Agency. More and more aircraft around the globe are using satnav augmentation, with special infrastructure sharpening signal accuracy and reliability across given... read more

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Luch-5B Starts SBAS Test Transmissions

January 21, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to tracking data from stations of the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment, the second Russian Luch satellite, Luch-5B, started transmitting GLONASS and GPS differential corrections on January 17, 2013, at around 11:07 UTC. Luch-5B, launched on November 2, 2012, carries a transponder for the System for Differential Correction and Monitoring satellite-based augmentation system. The... read more

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Luch-5B Arrives at Orbital Slot

December 15, 2012By
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The second Russian SBAS satellite, Luch-5B, has now been positioned at its designated orbital slot of 16 degrees west longitude. The satellite had been in a drift orbit since its launch on November 2 at 21:04:00 UTC along with the domestic communications satellite Yamal-300K. Tracking data from NORAD/JSpOC showed Luch-5B arriving at its geostationary position by about December 13. The... read more

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Leadership Awards 2012: Terrestrial-Based Signals

December 1, 2012By
Alan Cameron (left) congratulates Waldemar Kunysz, NextNav LLC, on his GPS World award.

This article reproduces the acceptance speeches given by the winners of GPS World’s 2012 Leadership Awards, at the Leadership Dinner in Nashville in September. The Leadership Dinner was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and Deimos Space. read more