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European Secured Navigation Arrives with Galileo PRS-only Positioning

June 28, 2013By

QinetiQ and Septentrio jointly announced today that a milestone in the Galileo European Navigation Satellite System’s development and deployment program has been achieved. On March 12, staff at the European Space Agency at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, achieved the first navigation solution using only the encrypted Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) signals broadcast by the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV)... read more

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Launch of Three GLONASS-M Satellites Set for July 2

June 28, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The launch of the next three GLONASS-M satellites is scheduled for July 2, according to an announcement by Roscosmos, the Russian Federal Space Agency. A Proton-M launch vehicle with the upper stage DM-03 and three satellites was rolled out from Baikonur Cosmodrome’s assembly and test facility site 92A-50 on June 28  to launch pad 81. The... read more

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ESA Selects Averna for Signal Analysis, Monitoring of Galileo

June 27, 2013By
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Averna, developer of test solutions and services for communications and electronics device makers worldwide, announced today that the European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Averna’s Record & Playback solution for signal analysis and monitoring of Galileo satellites. The R&P platform selected by ESA features the RP-5300, a compact 2-channel wideband RF recorder designed to record live RF signals in the... read more

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ESA Unveils ‘New Breed’ of Galileo Satellite

June 24, 2013By
Galileo FOC: These pictures give the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions. Credit: OHB

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a series of photos providing the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions. Scroll down to see the photos. The first Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite was delivered to ESA’s ESTEC technical... read more

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GPS CNAV Civil Capabilities Now Being Tested

June 17, 2013By

U.S. Air Force Space Command is now testing CNAV capabilities on the GPS L2 and L5 signals. The initial CNAV Live-Sky Broadcast began June 15 and will take place until June 29. Civil users and manufacturers are invited to participate. The GPS Directorate (SMC/GP) is implementing the CNAV (Civil Navigation) Test Program, conducting Live-Sky CNAV testing before deployment of the... read more

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Air Force Video Explains GPS Role in Daily Life

June 5, 2013By
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All of us in the GPS industry know someone who only thinks of GPS as a feature of their smartphone. You might direct them to a new YouTube video presented by the U.S. Air Force, which summarizes the worldwide role of GPS. It also touches on the GPS modernization program and new signals. The seven-minute video explains in simple terms... read more

Lockheed Martin Completes Functional Testing of GPS III Electronic Systems

June 5, 2013By
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A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has completed successful functional integration tests of the spacecraft bus and network communications equipment on the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. The recent testing of GPS III space vehicle 1 (SV 1) bus — the portion of the space vehicle that carries mission payloads and hosts them... read more

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Navtech Offers Condensed GNSS Signals and Systems Course

June 4, 2013By

Navtech is offering a four-day version of Course 551, “Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems,” customized for those attending the ION GNSS+ 2013 conference. This course will help attendees develop proficiency with advanced receiver processing of current, modernized, and new signals from GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS. It teaches systems engineering skills, along with techniques for receiver processing and... read more

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