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Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

October 13, 2015By
A quality assurance team from the 45th Launch Group off-loads a GPS IIF-12 satellite from a C-17 Globemaster III on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 8. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Rainier)

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 8 via a C-17 Globemaster III. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the... read more

UK Government Releases Space Weather Preparedness Strategy

October 12, 2015By
The different space weather phenomena. (Image: UK Department for Business Innovation & Skills)

A “Space Weather Preparedness Strategy” has been issued by the government of the United Kingdom. The document sets out the nature of the risk to the UK from severe space weather, as well as progress made to prepare for the risk and priorities for future work. Responsibility for managing the risk passed from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Business,... read more

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Newest GNSS Satellites Being Tracked

October 12, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Galileo has added two satellites to its constellation. Shortly after the Galileo satellite using the E24 PRN code started transmitting, its sibling began transmitting using code E30. Several stations participating in the International GNSS Service Multi-GNSS Experiment are tracking the new satellites. Prof. René Warnant from the University of Liege has reported that as of 10 October,... read more

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ISRO: All 7 IRNSS Satellites in Orbit by March

October 8, 2015By

All seven satellites of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) are expected to be in orbit by March 2016, reports New Delhi Television, citing Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman Kiran Kumar. “We expect by March 2016 all the seven constellation of IRNSS to be in orbit,” Kumar said. Four IRNSS satellites are now in orbit, with three remaining to complete... read more

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Innovation: Faster, Higher, Stronger

October 8, 2015By
FIGURE 2. Typical sequence of position fix process in standalone GPS user equipment (Msr=measurements).

Proposed GNSS Navigation Messages for Improved Performance
In this month’s column, we look at proposed changes to the way navigation messages are formulated that could result in a future satellite navigation system providing faster fixes effectively giving receivers higher sensitivity and stronger performance. read more

GPS III Launch Services RFP Released by Air Force

September 30, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force released a final Request for Proposal (RFP) for GPS III Launch Services on Sept. 30. Launch services include launch vehicle production, mission integration and launch operations for a GPS III mission scheduled to launch in 2018. Proposals are due back to the Air Force no later than Nov. 16 in accordance with the solicitation instructions. After evaluating proposals through... read more

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Galileo Space-Borne, Industry Land-Bound

September 30, 2015By
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Galileo’s latest pair of full operational capability (FOC) satellites now orbit proudly in space, “performing beautifully.” The first two FOC birds may soon shift their focus from navigation to gravity experiments instead. Meanwhile, as the European Space Agency tries to fly, European industry seeks firmly grounded support in the form of an industrial policy and economic stimuli, expressing concern that the current situation... read more

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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