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GPS III Launch Services RFP Released by Air Force

September 30, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force released a final Request for Proposal (RFP) for GPS III Launch Services on Sept. 30. Launch services include launch vehicle production, mission integration and launch operations for a GPS III mission scheduled to launch in 2018. Proposals are due back to the Air Force no later than Nov. 16 in accordance with the solicitation instructions. After evaluating proposals through... read more

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Galileo Space-Borne, Industry Land-Bound

September 30, 2015By
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Galileo’s latest pair of full operational capability (FOC) satellites now orbit proudly in space, “performing beautifully.” The first two FOC birds may soon shift their focus from navigation to gravity experiments instead. Meanwhile, as the European Space Agency tries to fly, European industry seeks firmly grounded support in the form of an industrial policy and economic stimuli, expressing concern that the current situation... read more

CGSIC Meeting Report Provided by NAVCEN

September 30, 2015By

Rick Hamilton, CGSIC Executive Secretariat of the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) provided the following report on the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) conference, which took place Sept. 14-15 in Tampa, Fla., before the Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS+ conference. All CGSIC: On the 14th and 15th of September, the 55th meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface... read more

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China Launches 20th BeiDou Satellite with Hydrogen Clock

September 30, 2015By
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China launched a new-generation BeiDou satellite into orbit at 7:13 a.m. China Standard Time on Wednesday, Sept. 30, according to the Xinhua News Agency, the 20th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. The satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket. In a first for BeiDou, the new BeiDou... read more

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The System: Galileo Turning Ten

September 30, 2015By
Galileo 9 and 10 lift off. (Credit: ESA)

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are functioning perfectly, and the initial series of flight operations is continuing as part of the critical launch and early orbit phase, according to a European Space Agency Rocket Science blog by Daniel Scuka, senior editor for Spacecraft Operations at ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Galileo 9 and 10 lifted off together... read more

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Galileo: Are We There Yet?

September 28, 2015By
Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites being fueled by technicians in protective SCAPE suits within the Guiana Space Centre’s 3SB preparation building on Aug. 24. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

It has been a good late summer for the European Galileo programme. The latest launch on the night of 10 and 11 September has got the number of orbiting satellites in the EU’s GNSS constellation into double figures at last, and one-third of the way towards the ultimate target of 30. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) press releases around the... read more

Galileo Satellites Handed over to Operator

September 28, 2015By

News courtesy of the European Space Agency   Europe’s latest pair of Galileo satellites has passed its initial check out in space, allowing control to be handed over to the main control centre and join the growing fleet. “This was a beautifully smooth start to the mission,” said ESA mission director, Richard Lumb. “From liftoff through to handover to the constellation operator... read more

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Galileo 9 and 10 Functioning ‘Perfectly’

September 17, 2015By

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are functioning perfectly, and the initial series of flight operations is continuing as part of the critical launch and early orbit phase, according to a European Space Agency Rocket Science blog by Daniel Scuka. Galileo 9 and 10 lifted off together at 02:08 GMT on Sept. 11 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a... read more

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