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CGSIC Meeting Report Provided by NAVCEN

September 30, 2015By

Rick Hamilton, CGSIC Executive Secretariat of the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) provided the following report on the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) conference, which took place Sept. 14-15 in Tampa, Fla., before the Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS+ conference. All CGSIC: On the 14th and 15th of September, the 55th meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface... read more

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China Launches 20th BeiDou Satellite with Hydrogen Clock

September 30, 2015By
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China launched a new-generation BeiDou satellite into orbit at 7:13 a.m. China Standard Time on Wednesday, Sept. 30, according to the Xinhua News Agency, the 20th satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. The satellite was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket. In a first for BeiDou, the new BeiDou... read more

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The System: Galileo Turning Ten

September 30, 2015By
Galileo 9 and 10 lift off. (Credit: ESA)

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are functioning perfectly, and the initial series of flight operations is continuing as part of the critical launch and early orbit phase, according to a European Space Agency Rocket Science blog by Daniel Scuka, senior editor for Spacecraft Operations at ESOC, ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany. Galileo 9 and 10 lifted off together... read more

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Galileo: Are We There Yet?

September 28, 2015By
Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites being fueled by technicians in protective SCAPE suits within the Guiana Space Centre’s 3SB preparation building on Aug. 24. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

It has been a good late summer for the European Galileo programme. The latest launch on the night of 10 and 11 September has got the number of orbiting satellites in the EU’s GNSS constellation into double figures at last, and one-third of the way towards the ultimate target of 30. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) press releases around the... read more

Galileo Satellites Handed over to Operator

September 28, 2015By

News courtesy of the European Space Agency   Europe’s latest pair of Galileo satellites has passed its initial check out in space, allowing control to be handed over to the main control centre and join the growing fleet. “This was a beautifully smooth start to the mission,” said ESA mission director, Richard Lumb. “From liftoff through to handover to the constellation operator... read more

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Galileo 9 and 10 Functioning ‘Perfectly’

September 17, 2015By

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are functioning perfectly, and the initial series of flight operations is continuing as part of the critical launch and early orbit phase, according to a European Space Agency Rocket Science blog by Daniel Scuka. Galileo 9 and 10 lifted off together at 02:08 GMT on Sept. 11 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a... read more

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UNAVCO Names Septentrio Preferred Vendor for GNSS Reference Stations

September 16, 2015By
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UNAVCO has selected Septentrio to be the preferred vendor of next-generation GNSS reference stations for the Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope (GAGE) Facility. The Preferred Vendor status is valid through the duration of the GAGE Facility Cooperative Agreement with the National Science Foundation (NSF). The selection of Septentrio was made following a rigorous competitive selection process. Under the agreement, Septentrio... read more

ION GNSS+ Plenary Navigates to Space, and Beyond

September 16, 2015By
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Tuesday night’s Plenary Session at ION GNSS+ took attendees to space with a high-flying presentation on NASA’s planetary exploration endeavors by keynote speaker James L. Green, director of Planetary Science for NASA. He touched on most of the planets, with the July fly-by of Pluto by the New Horizons probe the climax of his talk. Following the keynote, the ION GNSS+... read more