Galileo

Summer — and the Living Ain’t Easy

September 29, 2014By

Summer 2014 will be one that the €6.3 billion (US$8.2 billion) Galileo GNSS programme will need to chalk down to experience and hope to move on from. At the time of my last EAGER column, we were starting to get a hint that one of the four in-orbit Galileo IOV satellites was not functioning. We now know that it has... read more

Galileo’s Two Giant Steps Back

September 24, 2014By

Galileo’s first two full-operational capability (FOC) satellites have been in a safe state since August 28, under control from the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) center in Darmstadt, Germany, despite having been released on August 22 into lower and elliptical orbits instead of the expected circular orbits. ESA continues investigating the possible exploitation of the out-of-position satellites to maximum advantage, despite... read more

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China to Join Effort on Aircraft Satnav Standards

September 23, 2014By
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Europe’s EGNOS augmentation system sharpens the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals so they can safely be used for landing approaches across a growing number of European airports. But aviation is a global enterprise — so the aim is to develop a seamless network of augmentation systems in future. That is the task of an international group of experts, the... read more

ESA Releases Diagrams Showing Galileo 5 and 6 Orbit

September 16, 2014By
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The fifth and sixth Galileo satellites have been in a safe state since August 28, under control from ESA’s center in Darmstadt, Germany, despite having been released on August 22 into lower and elliptical orbits instead of the expected circular orbits. The European Space Agency has released two diagrams showing the orbits. ESA said that the potential of exploiting the... read more

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Rockwell Tracks Galileo Signal with Secure Software Receiver

September 15, 2014By

Rockwell Collins has successfully received and tracked a Galileo satellite signal using a prototype GNSS receiver designed for secure military use. In 2013, Rockwell Collins received a $2 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the GPS Directorate to develop and demonstrate a Secure Software Defined Radio (S-SDR) GNSS receiver capability. By using multiple available satellite signals, improved and more... read more

GSA, EuroControl Sign Agreement on GNSS for Aviation

September 15, 2014By

In the presence of the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and EuroControl have signed a new cooperation agreement to jointly contribute to the implementation of European Union GNSS policies as they apply to the field of aviation. As Europe’s skies and major airports become increasingly congested, there is need for Air Traffic Management (ATM) technologies to evolve from ground-based... read more

Galileo Provides Update on FOC Anomaly, GLONASS a No Show

September 10, 2014By

Experts representing the Galileo Program provided a frank and open update on how it is addressing the problem of the first two full operational capability (FOC) satellites being delivered to the wrong orbit. The presentation was part of the panel discussion “Status of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS” at ION GNSS+ Wednesday morning. No one from Rocosmos attended to... read more

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Galileo 5 and 6 Operating Smoothly Despite Wrong Orbit

August 28, 2014By

Galileo satellites 5 and 6 are safely under control, despite having been released on a lower and elliptical orbit instead of the expected circular orbit on August 22. Each satellite’s set of solar arrays is fully deployed and generating power, and operations continue smoothly. The European ground teams deployed at the European Space Agency’s (ESA)  control centre ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, in cooperation with satellite... read more

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