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Power Loss Created Trouble Aboard Galileo Satellite

July 8, 2014By and
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In an update to our July 2 story (recapped below), correspondent Peter de Selding wrote in Space News on July 3 that the trouble aboard the fourth in-orbit (IOV) Galileo satellite arose from a sudden, unexpected loss of power. The power outage flashed on May 27, shutting down the satellite’s E1 signal. The signal “re-established itself almost immediately. But as... read more

Galileo Masters Deadline Extended to July 7

July 1, 2014By
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The Galileo Masters competition deadline has been extended a week, until July 7. The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. “The ESNC submission database was originally scheduled to close this Monday at midnight (CET). As the ESNC has met with considerable interest and plenty of new registrations... read more

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‘Flying for GPS': Memoir of a Pioneer Era — Excerpt

July 1, 2014By

Flying for GPS, a chronicle of Len Jacobson’s role in the development and promotion of the Global Positioning System, has just been published. The book spans a 50-year career, during which Jacobson flew 2.5 million miles as a missionary for GPS and as a developer of user equipment. He kept an extensive log of all of his flights, and it... read more

CGSIC Releases GPS Interface Documents, Opens Registration

June 30, 2014By

Three new GPS Interface Specification documents have been issued by the Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee: Navstar GPS Space Segment/Navigation User Interfaces (IS-GPS-200H, 24 Sep 2013) Navstar GPS Space Segment/User Segment L5 Interfaces (IS-GPS-705D, 24 Sep 2013) Navstar GPS Space Segment/User Segment L1C Interface (IS-GPS-800D, 24 Sp 2013) The new documents are posted on the NAVCEN GPS References... read more

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ESA Recognizes First Galileo Navigation Fixes

June 23, 2014By
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Billions of satnav position fixes are performed daily, but determining your place in the world using Europe’s Galileo system is quite new. Because of this, in March the European Space Agency (ESA) offered to issue certificates for the first 50 Galileo fixes. Responses to the offer came from around the world. While half the applications came from Galileo’s home continent,... read more

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M3 Systems Announces Simulator Based on Vector Signal Transceiver

June 20, 2014By
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M3 Systems is now offering the StellaNGC multi-constellation GNSS simulator based on the National Instruments (NI) vector signal transceiver. The simulator is designed for the testing of satellite navigation receivers for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and EGNOS/WAAS. It is designed to improve performance, scalability, and versatility, and reduce cost over existing navigation test solutions. GNSS is the predominant technology today for... read more

EuroGeographics to Create Expert Group in GNSS Positioning

June 20, 2014By

Members of EuroGeographics are creating a European platform for networking, sharing best practices, and exchanging expertise on GNSS positioning. Plans for the new Positioning Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) were revealed at the association’s recent Extraordinary General Assembly following a proposal by the Head Office for Geodesy and Cartography, Poland. Its focus will include: maintaining a network of experts in satellite... read more

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Russia Launches Single GLONASS Satellite

June 16, 2014By
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A single GLONASS-M satellite was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Saturday, June 14, at 17:16 UTC. The satellite, GLONASS-M 55 (with designation 755 once operational and also known as Kosmos 2500), was inserted into the GLONASS constellation’s Plane 3 and will occupy orbital slot 21, according to ISS Reshetnev, the manufacturer of the satellite. Reshetnev also reported that the... read more

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