GLONASS

Rohde & Schwarz GNSS Simulator Creates Real-World Scenarios

July 15, 2013By
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Rohde & Schwarz provides developers of satellite-based navigation instruments with a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) simulator, which runs on the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator. The new R&S SMBV-K101 option allows developers in the automotive and wireless communications industries, for example, to test GNSS receivers for specific effects such as obscuration and multipath propagation. Buildings, tunnels and bridges as... read more

Russian Rocket Crashes, Three GLONASS Satellites Lost

July 2, 2013By
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A Russian Proton-M rocket carrying three GLONASS navigation satellites crashed soon after liftoff today from Kazakhstan’s Baikonur cosmodrome, reports rt.com (Russia Today). About 10 seconds after takeoff at 02:38 UTC, the rocket swerved, began to correct, but then veered in the opposite direction. It then flew horizontally and started to come apart with its engines in full thrust. Making an... read more

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Innovation: Getting a Grip on Multi-GNSS

July 1, 2013By
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GPS is almost 40 years old. While mass consumer use of GPS began only within the past decade or so, GPS was "born" during the Labor Day weekend of 1973, when about a dozen military officers and industry analysts under the leadership of Brad Parkinson met to consolidate the concept for a single satellite-based navigation system for the U.S. Department of Defense. Their proposal for NAVSTAR GPS was approved on December 22, 1973. The first satellite to be launched under the GPS program, on July 14, 1974, was the Naval Research Laboratory’s Navigation Technology Satellite (NTS) 1. read more

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The System: ESA Reveals New Breed of FOC Satellite

July 1, 2013By
Galileo FOC: These pictures give the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions. Credit: OHB

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which cuurently performs under simulated space conditions at the ESTEC technical center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The first Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite is functionally identical to the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites already in orbit, but has been built... read more

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Three GLONASS Satellites to Be Launched July 2

July 1, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv GLONASS  satellites 48, 49, and 50 are expected to launch at 02:38 UTC on July 2. Live launch coverage will be provided by TsENKI, the Center (for Operation) of Ground-based Space Infrastructure, starting at 01:00 UTC. Also, launch updates are available here. Read more about the launch here. Here is a video of launch vehicle... read more

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Launch of Three GLONASS-M Satellites Set for July 2

June 28, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The launch of the next three GLONASS-M satellites is scheduled for July 2, according to an announcement by Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency. A Proton-M launch vehicle with the upper stage DM-03 and three satellites was rolled out from Baikonur Cosmodrome’s assembly and test facility site 92A-50 on June 28  to launch pad 81. The... read more

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Embezzlement of GLONASS Funds Investigated

June 3, 2013By

The Russian Federal Security Service is investigation the embezzlement of billions of rubles from the construction of the GLONASS center in Korolyov, a town outside Moscow, Izvestia daily reports. According to information shared by the Russian Legal Information Agency, the Investigative Committee’s department for the Moscow Region has launched a preliminary probe into the case. Construction of the GLONASS satellite... read more

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The System: Galileo Leaves the Building

June 1, 2013By
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In the early hours of May 15, Galileo’s first full operational capability (FOC) satellite left manufacturer OHB System AG’s integration hall in Bremen, Germany, after successfully completing integration and system testing. Later that same day, it arrived by road at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) technical center at Noordwijk in the Netherlands for a rigorous set of tests to check... read more

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