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GLONASS Transitions to New Geocentric Coordinate System

April 11, 2014By

The transition to using the terrestrial geocentric coordinate system “Parametry Zemli 1990” (PZ-90.11) in operating GLONASS has been implemented, according to an April 4 announcement by the Russian Federal Space Agency’s Information-Anayltical Center. The implementation fulfills Russian Government Resolution № 1463 of December 28, 2012, “On the Common National Geodetic Coordinate Systems,” outlining the transition starting at 3 p.m. on... read more

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Second of Seven Satellites for IRNSS Launched

April 4, 2014By
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India’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its second navigation satellite today, April 4, at 11:44 UTC. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket launched the IRNSS-1B spacecraft in a mission originating from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Liftoff was on schedule. IRNSS-1B is the second of seven satellites that comprise the first-generation Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1B... read more

Altus Positioning Systems Pinpoints Cause for GLONASS Default

April 4, 2014By

Regarding the April 1–2 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, president and CEO Neil Vancans of Altus Positioning Systems provides this additional information: “From the reports on GLONASS problems, we have an explanation that may be used in our technical support replies: “Our analysis reveals the GLONASS integration algorithms skipped an interval of around 1.5 minutes at the control... read more

GLONASS Gone . . . Then Back

April 2, 2014By
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In an unprecedented total disruption of a fully operational GNSS constellation, all satellites in the Russian GLONASS broadcast corrupt information for 11 hours, from just past midnight until noon Russian time (UTC+4), on April 2 (or 5 p.m. on April 1 to 4 a.m. April 2, U.S. Eastern time). This rendered the system completely unusable to all worldwide GLONASS receivers.... read more

GPS III Alternative Payloads Canvassed

April 1, 2014By

GPS III prime contractor Lockheed Martin has heard from six companies concerning alternate designs for the GPS III satellite payload, according to reports. A company spokesperson said “constantly canvassing the industrial base to see what’s out there” is merely part of Lockheed’s standard business practice. Lockheed Martin partner Exelis Geospatial Systems currently supplies the payload, as it has for all... read more

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New Galileo Station Opens in Azores

April 1, 2014By
ESA's Santa Maria ground station is located on the ‘Montes das Flores’ (Hill of Flowers) on Santa Maria island in Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores. It includes a Galileo Sensor Station.

The latest addition to Galileo’s worldwide ground infrastructure has been made in the mid-Atlantic, on Portugal’s Santa Maria island in the Azores. This new Galileo Sensor Station joins a far-flung network of stations monitoring signal quality, clock timings and positioning of the Galileo satellites orbiting Earth. Its formal opening ceremony on March 26 was presided over by the Azores’ Regional... read more

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Squeeze at the Launchpad for Galileo

March 31, 2014By

With the first two full-operational-capability (FOC) Galileo satellites successfully through their thermal-vacuum tests, the program’s next hurdle is securing a firm launch date in June aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket, operated from Europe’s spaceport on the northeast coast of South America. It will not be a walk in the park. Competing with the two Galileo FOC satellites for the... read more

General Dynamics Awarded $26M for GPS III Communications

March 25, 2014By
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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $26 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force GPS III  Network Communications Element (NCE). General Dynamics is already under contract with Lockheed Martin to produce the NCE for the first four GPS III space vehicles (SV01-SV04), as well as for the... read more