Two Galileo Satellites Launched for Europe’s Navigation Constellation

March 27, 2015By
Galileo 7 and 8 were launched into orbit on time today. (Screenshot of  ESA/Arianespace livestream feed.)

UPDATE: The two Galileo satellites are confirmed separated from their Soyuz Fregat upper stage into 22,522 altitude orbit right on schedule, according to ESA. Both are in their planned orbits. Two more Galileo satellites were successfully launched today from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites were lifted aloft on time at 21:46:18 GMT (22:46:18 CET) atop a Soyuz ST-B rocket. The first three... read more

Five Charged in GLONASS Embezzlement

March 26, 2015By

Five people stand accused of embezzling 250 million rubles (more than $4 million) in federal funds earmarked for Russia’s GLONASS program, according to information shared by the Russian Legal Information Agency and reported in the Izvestia newspaper. The investigation began in 2013. Charges have been brought against George Kovkov, deputy general director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building, or TsNIImash; Alexander Chernov,... read more

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BeiDou Launch Expected Monday

March 26, 2015By

News courtesy of the CANSPACE Listserv. The launch of the next BeiDou satellite is predicted to occur at about 13:45 UTC on Monday, March 30. The new BeiDou satellite would be the fifth GNSS satellite planned for launch by the end of the month, joining GPS Block IIF-9 (launched Wednesday), Galileo 7 and 8 (planned for launch Friday) and IRNSS-D (planned for launch Saturday, March... read more

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Watch Friday’s Launch of Galileo 7 and 8

March 26, 2015By

The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites are scheduled for launch Friday, and will be live streamed from the European Space Agency website. read more

GPS IIF-9 Successfully Lifts Off from Cape Canaveral

March 25, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) launched on time Wednesday at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT)  from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GPS satellite has been deployed by the Delta IV rocket. read more

IAIN World Congress Abstract Deadline Extended to March 31

March 25, 2015By

World Congress 2015, sponsored by the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN), has extended its deadline for abstract submissions to March 31. The event will be held October 23-25 at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. After abstracts are reviewed, authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 15. Speakers include Satoshi Kogure of the Japan... read more

Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Friday’s Launch

March 25, 2015By

Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years, but last Friday marked the very last time the spacecraft were glimpsed by human eyes. read more

Javad Ashjaee Urges Diplomacy, Cooperation to End Crimean Stand-Off

March 25, 2015By

By Javad Ashjaee 25 years ago, while the Soviet Union still existed, I began efforts that led me to become the first to combine United States’ GPS and Russia’s GLONASS satellites. Later I hosted many GPS and GLONASS authorities, fostered friendships among them, and promoted concepts such as “compatibility” and “interoperability” of satellite systems. See the details in the GPS... read more

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