Galileo

Galileo’s Search and Rescue System Passes First Space Test

January 23, 2013By
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The first switch-on of a Galileo search and rescue package shows it to be working well, according to the European Space Agency. Its activation begins a major expansion of the space-based Cospas–Sarsat network, which brings help to air and sea vessels in distress. The second pair of Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites — launched together on October 12 last year —... read more

Galileo IOV Satellites Begin Transmitting Navigation Messages

January 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. Two of the Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites, E11 and E12, began transmitting navigation messages on their Open Service signals on January 17. Several stations in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation and the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment network received the messages. The epheremis data in the messages appears to be updated every 10 minutes. read more

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Galileo E6 Signal Tracking Announced by JAVAD GNSS

January 2, 2013By

An announcement on the JAVAD GNSS website states “On December 21, 2012, we have tracked E6 B/C signal from all launched Galileo satellites, using TRE-G3T-E E6-band capable receiver. “The following graphs shows SNR and ‘code-minus-phase’ combination of svn #11 (sat #81 on graph), svn #12 (sat #82) , svn #19 (sat #89) and svn #20 (sat #90). C/A stands for... read more

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Galileo and Compass: A Tale of Also-Runnings

December 19, 2012By

Beating up the backstretch neck and neck, tied for third in the GNSS race, Galileo and Compass today offer some signals and some satellites to GNSS users — as long as those users are researchers. Galileo has more going for it in the way of signals, while Compass holds an edge in the number of satellites. Without an interface control... read more

Transmissions from Galileo Satellite IOV-4 Begin

December 13, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. The Technische Universitaet Muenchen has reported that transmissions of the L1/E1 signal from Galileo satellite IOV-4 (FM-4) started at about 17:15:10 GPS Time December 12. The navigation signals of both of the recently launched in-orbit validation satellites have now been activated. A number of stations in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation as well as... read more

Transmissions from Galileo Satellite IOV-3 Have Begun

December 3, 2012By
Javier Benedicto, ESA's Galileo Project Manager, looks on as Europe's own satellite navigation system performs its historic first position fix of longitude, latitude and altitude. The position fix took place at the Navigation Laboratory at ESA’s technical heart ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on the morning of 12 March, with an accuracy between 10 and 15 metres – expected taking into account the limited infrastructure deployed so far. Horizontal accuracy reached as high as 6 m. The left-side screen shows the position fix while the right side screen shows the position of the four Galileo satellites and their current signal coverage.

According to a report from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, transmissions of the L1/E1 signal from the recently launched Galileo satellite IOV-3 (FM-3) started at about 13:55:20 GPS Time December 1. Transmissions from IOV-3 of the E5 signal began December 2. By December 4, all three Galileo bands, including E6, were being broadcast, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Several... read more

Directions 2013: Galileo and GNSS to the Fore

December 1, 2012By
Figure 4. Real-time sensor station network.

The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany operates spacecraft on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) and maintains the ground facilities and expertise for ESA and other institutional and commercial customers. ESOC is composed of two departments: the Mission Operations Department and the Ground Systems Engineering Department, of which the Navigation Support Office is an integral part. The main objectives of the Navigation Support Office (NSO)are the provision of expertise for high-accuracy navigation, satellite geodesy, and the generation of related products and services for all ESA missions and for third-party customers, as well as supporting the European GNSS Programmes: Galileo and EGNOS. read more

Leadership Awards 2012: Pairing LEOs with GNSS Birds

December 1, 2012By

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

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