Galileo

Orbit of One Wayward Galileo Satellite Raised

December 1, 2014By
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The orbit of one of the two Galileo satellites launched into incorrect orbits on August 22 is being adjusted. Tracking data supplied by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has confirmed the change. Also, the first navigation signal from Galileo 5 has been received. The satellites were supposed to go into... read more

GNSS System Mandates Would Violate International Trade Agreements

November 26, 2014By
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A U.S. government representative stated at an international satnav forum that mandating use of specific GNSS services for applications such as air-traffic control, freight shipments, emergency calling, and road tolling could violate the terms of World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements that many nations, including all six GNSS providers, have signed. Regional mandates already exist for Glonass in Russia and Beidou... read more

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U.S. Alerts EU Against Giving Galileo Preferential Treatment

November 24, 2014By

Space News is reporting that the U.S. government has alerted the European Union that any preferential treatment the EU gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network will likely violate World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements signed by the United States and the 28-nation EU. According to a report by Peter B. de Selding, U.S. government officials voiced concerns that the EU... read more

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ESNC University Challenge Recognizes Hail Suppression Project

November 10, 2014By

A hail suppression project dubbed RO-BERTA by the University of Applied Sciences, Rosenheim (Germany), has been selected the winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition’s (ESNC) University Challenge. Judged by an international expert jury, the University Challenge is a special prize to reward innovative ideas emerging from Europe’s universities. The Hail Navigator system is designed to reduce damage caused by hail. Based on the premise of... read more

Misplaced Galileo Satellite Moving to New Orbit

November 10, 2014By
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The fifth Galileo navigation satellite, one of two left in the wrong orbit this summer, will make a series of maneuvers this month as a prelude to its health being confirmed. The aim is to raise the lowest point of its orbit — its perigee — to reduce the radiation exposure from the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth, as well as to put... read more

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Airbus Defence & Space Wins ESNC Competition

November 3, 2014By
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The winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 is Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of experts from around the world with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). The award winners were announced October 23 at an awards ceremony held at the Berlin headquarters of Deutsche Telekom. The awards recognize innovations in the... read more

The System: Fregat Design Ambiguity Steered Galileo Wrong

November 1, 2014By

Cross-Installed Hydrazine, Helium Lines Froze Thrusters The root cause of the anomaly that sent two Galileo satellites into the wrong orbit on August 22 was a shortcoming in the system thermal analysis performed during stage design, and not an operator error during stage assembly, according to findings by an independent inquiry board. The independent inquiry board was created by Arianespace,... read more

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Galileo Team Raced to Respond Following FOC Launch

October 17, 2014By
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On September 27, the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites were handed over from the European Space Agency’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use. The satellites, launched on August 22, are in excellent health and working normally. However, a launcher problem left... read more