BeiDou/Compass

New BeiDou-2/Compass Satellites Begin Transmissions

October 1, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.   The two BeiDou-2/Compass satellites launched on 18 September are now  in their circular medium Earth orbits and have started transmitting navigation signals. Several stations participating in the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment as well as some in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation started tracking the satellites on 26 September. From NORAD/JSpOC, we have... read more

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The System: OCX, GPS III Show Launch Readiness

October 1, 2012By
GPS III SATELLITE, artist’s rendering, courtesy Lockheed Martin.

Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites. The exercise is a key milestone demonstrating the team remains on schedule to achieve launch availability in 2014, the companies said. The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellites and the Raytheon-developed next generation GPS operational control system, known as OCX,... read more

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Two Compass Satellites Launched

September 19, 2012By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.   China successfully launched two BeiDou-2/Compass MEO satellites Tuesday at 19:10:04 UTC. The satellites are designated Compass-M5 and Compass-M6. They are also referred to BeiDou-14 and BeiDou-15. UPDATE: More details have emerged on yesterday’s BeiDou-2/Compass satellite launch. According to Web sources, the new satellites will occupy slots 7 and 8 in Plane A of the... read more

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China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC 2013)

September 14, 2012By

The fourth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC 2013) has issued a call for papers for the May 15–17, 2013, event in Wuhan, China. The theme of CSNC 2013 is “BeiDou Application — Opportunities and Challenges.” The event will include an academic exchange and a commercial exhibition and technical forum. The deadline for submitting abstracts is October 31, 2012. Full papers... read more

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Upcoming Navigation Satellite Launches Scheduled

September 11, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv.   Launch dates this fall for GNSS satellites are as follows, according to various sources: Compass M2 and M5: September 18, 18:12 UTC (speculative); Compass G6: No earlier than October 1. GSAT-10 (includes a GAGAN SBAS transponder): September 21. GPS IIF-3: October 4, 2012. Launch window: 12:10-12:29 UTC. Galileo IOV FM3 and FM4: October 10,... read more

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The System: Next GPS IIF in October

September 10, 2012By

Next GPS IIF in October The next GPS satellite, Block IIF-3 (SVN65), scheduled to be launched on October 4, will be positioned in orbital slot 1, which is in plane A. This slot is currently occupied by a Block IIA satellite, SVN39, operating as PRN09. SVN39 is one of the oldest operating satellites in the GPS fleet, dating from June... read more

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China’s Beidou/Compass System Expected to Spur Growth in Nav Industry

August 30, 2012By

China’s Beidou/Compass system will spur the country’s economic development in the satellite-navigation industry, geoinformation, and location-based services, according to an article in China Daily. China’s civil navigation providers are likely to experience rapid growth during the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) period. According to the article, “Earlier this month, Wang Chunfeng, deputy director-general of the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and... read more

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China Begins Work on Beidou Navigation System Test Network

August 11, 2012By

China will build a testing and certification network for its Beidou satellite navigation system over the next three years to sharpen the system's global competitiveness. read more

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