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ION Seeks Abstracts for Pacific PNT 2015, PTTI Registration Opens

September 2, 2014By

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Pacific PNT Conference, to be held April 20-23, 2015, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, Honolulu, Hawaii. Abstracts are due November 14, 2014. Pacific PNT, where “East Meets West in the Global Cooperative Development of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technology,” brings together policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, China, South... read more

The System: One Step Back, Three Steps Forward

September 1, 2014By
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Galileo IOV Bird Mute; New Draft ICD; CS Proved; Late August Launch Orbiting in silence since an onboard power mishap on May 27, troubled E20 emitted cheeps from space on August 6, 7,  and 8, broadcasting on the L1 frequency. Nothing has been heard since.  Meanwhile, the European Commission (EC) published a new draft version of the Galileo Open Service... read more

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IGS Launches New Website

August 28, 2014By

The International GNSS Service (IGS) has launched a new website. Knowledge-base sections have been created for IGS Working Groups to maintain content for public access. The site administrators ask Working Group chairs to provide updated content to their sections. Other sections include IGS Real-Time Service, IGS Presents (videos), IGS Multi-GNSS Experiment, news and events. Because content has been extensively reorganized with this... read more

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Galileo 5 and 6 Operating Smoothly Despite Wrong Orbit

August 28, 2014By

Galileo satellites 5 and 6 are safely under control, despite having been released on a lower and elliptical orbit instead of the expected circular orbit on August 22. Each satellite’s set of solar arrays is fully deployed and generating power, and operations continue smoothly. The European ground teams deployed at the European Space Agency’s (ESA)  control centre ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, in cooperation with satellite... read more

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Inquiry Commission Appointed Following Galileo Anomaly

August 25, 2014By
The medium-lift workhorse has been raised into a vertical orientation as the mobile gantry  is moved into position.

Following the major anomaly that occurred on August 22 during the Soyuz ST mission carrying two satellites in the Galileo constellation, Arianespace announced today, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the appointment of an independent inquiry commission. The commission is chaired by Peter Dubock, former ESA Inspector General. Its mandate is to establish the circumstances of the anomaly, to... read more

Galileo Satellites Not in Expected Orbit

August 25, 2014By
Soyuz Flight VS09, carrying Europe's fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, lifts off from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

After the separation of the two Galileo satellites launched August 22, ongoing analysis of the data provided by the telemetry stations operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES showed that the satellites were not in the expected orbit. According to the initial analyses, an anomaly is thought to have occurred during the flight phase... read more

Arianespace, ESA Sign Contract for New Galileo Launches

August 22, 2014By
The contract for Arianespace’s three Ariane 5 launches to orbit a total of 12 Galileo FOC satellites was signed at the Guiana Space Center by Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël (seated, at left) and Didier Faivre, ESA director of the Galileo Program and Navigation-related Activities. Joining them were ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, have signed a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES to step up deployment of Galileo satellites. With this new launch contract and thanks to the performance of Ariane 5 ES, a total of 12 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites will be launched... read more

QZSS May Expand to Meet Japan’s Surveillance Needs

August 22, 2014By

The Japan News is reporting that the Japanese Committee on the National Space Policy has compiled a draft proposal that includes increasing the number of quasi-zenith satellites (QZSS), Japan’s satellite navigation system, from the current single satellite to a total of four. Currently, Japan is operating only one quasi-zenith satellite, named Michibiki. The increase would be made to strengthen Japan’s overall... read more

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