GNSS has bad days, too

April 27, 2016By
(courtesy Ursanav)

“Even the best technology has a bad day,” Charles Schue told the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which relies very heavily on the best technology to keep the world’s financial edifice afloat. Vulnerabilities in the stock market were pointed up during a demonstration on April 19, showcasing how one positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system can cover the chinks in... read more

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European Navigation Conference to focus on innovation

April 25, 2016By
Helsinki Cathedral.

The 24th edition of the European Navigation Conference (ENC 2016) will be held May 30 to June 2 at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland. ENC 2016 is co-sponsored by EUGIN, Nordic Institute of Navigation, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. The conference focus will be on innovations in positioning, navigation and timing technologies and applications for land, sea and air. Topic areas include... read more

GLONASS-M satellite delivered for launch

April 25, 2016By

Another GLONASS-M satellite, designed and built by a team of Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company, has been delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Accompanied by the company’s technical team and housed in a dedicated high-technology container, it was shipped to the Yemelyanovo Airport of Krasnoyarsk and then flew to the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a cargo aircraft IL-76. At the cosmodrome, ISS-Reshetnev... read more

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New name, new version for GAPS software

April 21, 2016By
GAPS-derived position fixes for a test drive in Fredericton. (Image: UNB)

GAPS v6.0.0 is now rebranded as the GNSS Analysis and Positioning Software. GAPS software — hosted by the University of New Brunswick, Canada — provides users with accurate satellite positioning using a single GNSS receiver both in static and kinematic mode. Through the use of precise orbit and clock products provided by sources such as the International GNSS Service (IGS) and Natural Resources... read more

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IRNSS constellation nears completion

April 20, 2016By
IRNSS-1G being prepared for a pre-launch test. (Photo: ISRO)

India is expected to launch into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite on April 28, thus completing the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1G is expected to launch aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from India’s spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 12:50 local time. To date, India has launched six regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C,... read more

Words from Gen. Hyten: Leader, prophet and warfighter

April 18, 2016By
Commander AFSPC – Gen. John Hyten (Courtesy of the USAF)

There were well over 100 presentations and speeches given at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. However, I only want to speak about one of them briefly. While there were many presentations that were absolutely newsworthy, one presenter had something special and significant to say about the future of space and warfare. Gen. John Hyten is... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete first GPS OCX qualification test

April 13, 2016By
The Block 0/Launch and Checkout System infrastructure before being shipped to Schriever Air Force BAse and installed. (Photo: Raytheon)

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. The event was the Configuration Item Qualification Test (CIQT) milestone for the Launch... read more

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Next two Galileo satellites begin launch prep

April 7, 2016By
The 13th and 14th Galileo satellites touched down at Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport in French Guiana. (Photo: ESA)

The latest pair of navigation satellites has reached Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). This starts a new Galileo launch campaign that will culminate in a May 24 launch of  the 13th and 14th satellites in the constellation. A second launch is planned for this fall, with four satellites carried aloft on a customized Ariane 5 for... read more

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