Galileo

Squeeze at the Launchpad for Galileo

March 31, 2014By

With the first two full-operational-capability (FOC) Galileo satellites successfully through their thermal-vacuum tests, the program’s next hurdle is securing a firm launch date in June aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket, operated from Europe’s spaceport on the northeast coast of South America. It will not be a walk in the park. Competing with the two Galileo FOC satellites for the... read more

More Airports Across Europe Add EGNOS Approaches

March 28, 2014By

Flight operators can now use EGNOS approach procedures at airports in the Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, and Tunisia, all part of a growing list of airports across Europe that have implemented localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) procedures. The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), a Toulouse-based company which has the contract for EGNOS system operation and service provision, made this... read more

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Synergies between Europe’s Rail and SatNav Programs Can Make Rail Travel Affordable

March 28, 2014By

Cost-effective synergies between the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and satellite technologies such as Galileo can make rail transport more efficient and reliable, agreed European authorities in February at a Rail Forum Europe dinner in Brussels. But while the technology is now available, its implementation pace is still too slow due to the long term return on investment. Francesco... read more

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Downstream Dialog, Tests in Europe

March 26, 2014By

With Galileo services set to take effect in December, the two European entities charged with the program are engaging manufacturers — the European Space Agency (ESA) in consumer markets, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in the government security sector, respectively. “We put out an open call to satnav manufacturers offering testing with our laboratory facilities,” said the head of... read more

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Galileo Product Showcase

March 26, 2014By

System Design & Test Galileo Testbed Over the past few years, GATE has become well known for being a top-level Galileo test and development range worldwide. It is operated by IFEN GmbH under contract of the owner DLR (German Aerospace Center). The GATE testbed offers a wide range of possibilities for navigation test scenarios with realistic Galileo signals on three... read more

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Dutch Company Powers Galileo Satellites

March 24, 2014By
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By the European Space Agency As they bathe the ground below them in test navigation messages, Europe’s Galileo satellites are kept alive by the Sun. A pair of 5 m-long solar arrays supply 1.9 kilowatts of power – about the same as an average household’s consumption. These arrays are sourced from the Dutch Space company in the Netherlands. Located just outside... read more

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Are You Master of the Galileo Universe?

March 20, 2014By
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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Prizes will be awarded by some of the most relevant institutional GNSS stakeholders, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). In addition, partner regions from all over the world are hosting regional challenges.... read more

ENC GNSS 2014 Program Now Online

March 18, 2014By

The European Navigation Conference (ENC) will be held April 15-17, 2014, in the World Trade Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The conference aims at technology, innovation, and business in the PNT domain (positioning, navigation, and timing). The conference program is now available for review online. Satellite navigation and positioning, using current operational systems like GPS and GLONASS, will be major... read more

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