GNSS

GLONASS-K1 to Replace an Existing GLONASS-M in Six Months

December 15, 2014By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to the December 10 issue of Sibirskii Sputnik (Siberian Satellite), the internal newspaper of ISS Reshetnev, the GLONASS-K1 No. 12 satellite (GLONASS 702K) will be brought into service after a six-month test period and replace an existing GLONASS-M satellite, which will subsequently become a reserve satellite. In news reported by the Russian magazine Vestnik GLONASS, Information... read more

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GSA Kicks Off EGNOS GEO Transponder Service Contracts

December 15, 2014By

On November 25, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off the contracts for two new EGNOS GEO transponder services provided by SES. The kick-off was done with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EGNOS service provider ESSP. Initially awarded and signed by the European Commission, in line with a new delegation agreement  between the commission and... read more

Roscosmos, Transport Ministry Sign GLONASS Agreement

December 8, 2014By

An interagency agreement for the maintenance, development and use of GLONASS was signed Dec. 5 between Russia’s Ministry of Transport and the Russian Space Agency, according to Roscosmos. The agreement seeks to increase the efficiency of the use of civilian infrastructure for the development of GLONASS coordinate-time and navigation for the Russian Federation, as well as international cooperation in the field of satellite navigation. Priority areas of... read more

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Galileo Satellite Recovered, Transmitting Navigation Signals

December 3, 2014By
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Europe’s fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into a wrong orbit by VS09 Soyuz-Fregat launcher in August, transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday, November 29. It has reached its new target orbit and its navigation payload has been successfully switched on. read more

Euromed Conference on Satnav Services Set for Dec. 17 in Tunis

December 3, 2014By

As part of European project MEDUSA coordinated by Telespazio (Finmeccanica/Thales), a workshop will be held in Tunis on Dec. 17 with stakeholders in civil aviation to promote the use of European satellite navigation systems in Libya, specifically EGNOS. MEDUSA (Mediterranean follow-up for EGNOS Adoption) is a project funded by the European Commission as part of Euromed program GNSS with the... read more

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The System: eLoran Operational on Eastern UK Coast

December 1, 2014By
Bridge of the Galatea, a GLA vessel that carries a eLoran receiver and conducted tests of the new system.

Back-up to Vulnerable GPS Signals Required for Busy Shipping Lanes The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland announced October 31 the initial operational capability of UK maritime eLoran. Seven differential reference stations now provide additional position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information via low-frequency pulses to ships fitted with eLoran receivers. The service will help ensure they can... read more

Directions 2015: Galileo Looks Ahead to Early Services

December 1, 2014By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted the ninth meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) in November at its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic. The event is an opportunity for GNSS providers to present the status and future plans for their systems, and an opportunity for ICG members, associate members, and observers to provide updates on... read more

Directions 2015: What It Takes to Make a Gold Standard

December 1, 2014By
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Last year in my “Directions” article, I emphasized the commitment made by the U.S. government to ensure GPS signals are available to all users, and I shared some of our excitement in the GPS Directorate regarding the modernized capabilities we are developing and fielding. This year I’d like to share with you progress we’ve made in the past 12 months, provide an update on the modernization initiatives, and challenge civil users and receiver companies to innovate and accelerate these modernized capabilities for users worldwide. read more