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Seventh GPS IIF Satellite Lauch Planned for Friday

July 29, 2014By
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The Air Force is set to launch the seventh GPS IIF satellite this Friday. An Atlas V 401 will launch the GPS IIF-7 mission for the U.S. Air Force on Friday, August 1, from Space Launch Complex (SLC)-41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. The 18-minute launch window opens at 11:23 p.m. EDT. A live webcast of the launch will begin at 11:03 p.m. EDT. To... read more

First Galileo Commercial Service Demonstration with Encrypted Signals

July 29, 2014By

Galileo’s Early Proof of Concept (EPOC) team has successfully tracked the encrypted Galileo E6-B and E6-C signals broadcast by Galileo satellites. As a result, the Commercial Service loop has been closed using both encrypted and non-encrypted signals, GSA said. During a 10-day testing period, receivers in Tres Cantos, Spain and Poing, Germany, showed the successful tracking and data demodulation of... read more

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General Dynamics Awarded $25M by Lockheed for GPS III Program

July 29, 2014By

At least some of the work on GPS III continues along prepared tracks, with the award of a Lockheed Martin contract to General Dynamics for two more satellites’ worth of communications hardware. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a $25.4 million full-production contract from Lockheed Martin to support the GPS III Network Communications Element (NCE)... read more

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Power Loss Created Trouble Aboard Galileo Satellite

July 8, 2014By and
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In an update to our July 2 story (recapped below), correspondent Peter de Selding wrote in Space News on July 3 that the trouble aboard the fourth in-orbit (IOV) Galileo satellite arose from a sudden, unexpected loss of power. The power outage flashed on May 27, shutting down the satellite’s E1 signal. The signal “re-established itself almost immediately. But as... read more

Galileo Masters Deadline Extended to July 7

July 1, 2014By
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The Galileo Masters competition deadline has been extended a week, until July 7. The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. “The ESNC submission database was originally scheduled to close this Monday at midnight (CET). As the ESNC has met with considerable interest and plenty of new registrations... read more

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CGSIC Releases GPS Interface Documents, Opens Registration

June 30, 2014By

Three new GPS Interface Specification documents have been issued by the Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee: Navstar GPS Space Segment/Navigation User Interfaces (IS-GPS-200H, 24 Sep 2013) Navstar GPS Space Segment/User Segment L5 Interfaces (IS-GPS-705D, 24 Sep 2013) Navstar GPS Space Segment/User Segment L1C Interface (IS-GPS-800D, 24 Sp 2013) The new documents are posted on the NAVCEN GPS References... read more

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ESA Recognizes First Galileo Navigation Fixes

June 23, 2014By
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Billions of satnav position fixes are performed daily, but determining your place in the world using Europe’s Galileo system is quite new. Because of this, in March the European Space Agency (ESA) offered to issue certificates for the first 50 Galileo fixes. Responses to the offer came from around the world. While half the applications came from Galileo’s home continent,... read more

M3 Systems Announces Simulator Based on Vector Signal Transceiver

June 20, 2014By
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M3 Systems is now offering the StellaNGC multi-constellation GNSS simulator based on the National Instruments (NI) vector signal transceiver. The simulator is designed for the testing of satellite navigation receivers for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and EGNOS/WAAS. It is designed to improve performance, scalability, and versatility, and reduce cost over existing navigation test solutions. GNSS is the predominant technology today for... read more