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Galileo program governance: New chair of GSA Administrative Board named

June 29, 2016By
Jean-Yves Le Gall (Photo: Liberation)

Meeting on Thursday, June 23, at its headquarters in Prague, the Administrative Board of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) elected its new chair: Jean-Yves Le Gall, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French space agency) president and France’s interministerial coordinator for European satellite navigation programmes. Le Gall succeeds Sabine Dannelke, German federal minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructures.... read more

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Demonstration tests positioning in the far north

June 23, 2016By
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A sea-based test is demonstrating the potential of extending satnav augmentation coverage into north polar regions, offering a safety-of-life standard of navigation performance to users including shipping or aircraft in flight. read more

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User location data could support satellite launches

June 23, 2016By
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Let’s look through the other end of the telescope this month. The satellites are nattering along, lining up in orderly fashion at the rocket pad, extending their solar arms smoothly in space once they arrive on orbit. The constellations accrue and new signals inch closer to maturity. The only blips on the horizon come from Ligado’s terrestrial impulse and a... read more

China adds 23rd satellite to BeiDou constellation

June 15, 2016By
The 23rd BeiDou satellite lifts off.

The Chinese Beidou system’s 23rd satellite was launched into orbit Sunday aboard a Long March 3C rocket. The Long March 3C rocket lifted off at 1530 GMT (11:30 a.m. EDT) from the Xichang launch base in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency. This is the third new satellite to join the fleet this year. The... read more

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Four-satellite Galileo Ariane 5 dispenser in place

June 14, 2016By
A four-satellite dispenser for Galileo's Ariane 5 is shown during shaker testing at Airbus Defence and Space near Bordeaux, France. The dispenser has had four Galileo engineering models attached to it for test purposes.
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News from the European Space Agency (ESA) Following rigorous testing in France and Germany, a new type of dispenser designed to carry four navigation satellites into orbit at once is now in French Guiana, in place for Galileo’s first Ariane 5 launch later this year. The dispenser is an essential element of launch success, with a double role to play.... read more

Iridium and GPS revisited: A new PNT solution on the horizon?

June 8, 2016By
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How many times have you heard of a nearly 20-year-old space constellation being modified with a new technology? It almost never happens. Get the details on Iridium's new Satellite Time and Location System. read more

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Congress yanks OCX funding; Galileo grows

June 3, 2016By
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Congress Yanks OCX Funding SecDef Must Demonstrate Its Essential Nature The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in... read more

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GSA establishes Galileo Reference Centre to monitor performance

June 1, 2016By

News from the European GNSS Agency The Galileo Reference Centre (GRC), which will be established in the Netherlands, will play a crucial role in monitoring Galileo’s performance. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) made the announcement during this week’s European Space Solutions conference in The Hague. With Galileo Initial Services set to be declared this year, the GRC will play a pivotal role in... read more