Galileo 11 and 12 mission to launch Dec. 17

December 8, 2015By

Galileo satellites 11 and 12 will be launched atop of the legendary Soyuz rocket on Dec. 17 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Ten years after the launch of GIOVE A, on Dec. 28, 2005, Galileo is now a reality. read more

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GLONASS system passes tests for Russian Defense Ministry

December 7, 2015By

Russian Space Systems (RCC) has completed work on the GLONASS navigation system, passing its final tests for the customer, the Russian Ministry of Defense, reports the TASS news agency. The system has not yet been formally adopted by the Ministry of Defense, and remains in the research and development phase, RCC CEO Andrew PKC Tyulin the told the Izvestia newspaper. “We presented... read more

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ESA declares Galileo 7 and 8 fully operational

December 4, 2015By

News from the European Space Agency Having completed their rigorous checks in space, two more of Europe’s Galileo satellites are now fully operational, broadcasting navigation signals and relaying search and rescue messages from across the globe. Galileo 7 and 8 were launched on March 27 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Once the satellites were nursed to life in orbit,... read more

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BeiDou’s Newest Trio of Satellites Pass Tests

November 30, 2015By

The three BeiDou satellites launched this year are sending twice as many signals as their predecessors, reports the Economic Times, following tests of the orbits and key technology. The 18th and 19th satellites for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) were launched on July 26, and the 20th satellite was launched on Sept. 30. The 18th and 19th satellites are the... read more

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Experienced leader returns to Galileo helm, now within ESA

November 24, 2015By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has unexpectedly announced a new leadership team. The naming of eight senior leaders to the heads of various departments brings back one figure very well-versed in Galileo matters to head the Galileo program and navigation-related activities: Paul Verhoef. Verhoef was the European Commission coordinator for Galileo activities from 2005 to 2011. In a rare weekend... read more

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Verhoef named Galileo director by ESA Council

November 23, 2015By
Paul Verhoef

The European Space Agency (ESA) has named Paul Verhoef its new Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities. Verhoef, former coordinator for Galileo activities with the European Commission, was named as one member of a new senior leadership team after a special meeting of the ESA Council in Paris on Nov. 21. At the weekend meeting, the agency selected several new managers for... read more

Innovation: Enhanced Loran

November 23, 2015By

A Wide-Area Multi-Application PNT Resiliency Solution
Enhanced Loran could furnish the wide-area complementary solution to GPS that is urgently needed for critical infrastructure components. This article highlights the state of current eLoran technology and discusses future potential. read more

UTC to retain leap second at least until 2023

November 23, 2015By

The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), in session in Geneva Nov. 2-27, has decided that further studies are required on the impact and application of a future reference time-scale, including the modification of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and suppressing the so-called “leap second.” Leap seconds are added periodically to adjust to irregularities in the earth’s rotation in relation to UTC, the... read more