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SSTL delivers 22nd — and final — Galileo FOC payload

May 16, 2016By
SSTL's Galileo FOC payload under production. (Photo: SSTL)

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has delivered the 22nd Galileo navigation payload to prime contractor OHB System in Bremen, Germany. This is SSTL’s final payload under Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Works Orders 1 and 2. SSTL’s FOC payload is based on European-sourced atomic clocks, navigation signal generators, and high-power traveling wave-tube amplifiers and antennas. It will provide Galileo’s navigation, positioning... read more

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Is reliance on GPS making us lose our mapping minds?

May 16, 2016By

By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor I love maps. As a child, I was my family’s designated navigator on car trips (or my parents indulged me!). I studied our roadmaps, searching out each legend icon on the map and finding icons to look up on the legend. I would use the map’s indicators to determine the distance between points and interesting... read more

Galileo 13 satellite fueled for May 24 lift-off

May 10, 2016By
Galileo 10 is fueled at the Spaceport for Arianespace’s May 24 mission with Soyuz.

Preparations for Arianespace’s upcoming mission have moved into the fueling phase for the next two Galileo navigation satellites, Galileo 13 and 14. The satellites will be sent into orbit by a medium-lift Soyuz on May 24 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. As part of the process, the 13th in the series of Full Operational Capability (FOC) Galileo platforms (Galileo-FOC FM10) has been... read more

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GSA: 40 percent of GNSS receivers are Galileo-ready

May 9, 2016By
Figure 2. Supported constellation by receivers, all segments.

60 percent support two or more constellations Chipset and receiver manufacturers are already equipping their devices with multi-constellation capabilities, including Galileo, and taking advantage of available services, according to a new analysis by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The study examines the global top 31 companies and reviews publicly available technical documentation on their product portfolios, for more than 300... read more

Papers sought for IGNSS conference in Sydney

May 4, 2016By

The call for papers is now open for IGNSS 2016, set for Dec. 6-8 in Sydney, Australia. Closing date for abstract submission is July 4; and the final date for the submission of papers requiring peer review is Sept. 26. The International GNSS Society (IGNSS) runs the Southeast Asian region’s premier conference on GNSS and related position, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies. It will bring together... read more

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South Korea to build eLoran system after jamming incident

May 3, 2016By
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South Korea will award a contract this month to secure technology required to build an eLoran system as an alternative to GPS, reports the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC). The announcement follows South Korea pointing the finger at North Korea for jamming its GPS signal reception in late March. The South Korean eLoran plan envisions setting up coastal transmitters by the end... read more

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System of Systems: OCX passes first qualification

May 1, 2016By
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OCX Passes First Qualification Raytheon, US Air Force Complete Test Milestone On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and... read more

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SpaceX awarded GPS III satellite launch contract

April 29, 2016By
A SpaceX Falcon 9 stands ready for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Air Force awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services to SpaceX.

The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space ExplorationTechnologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a total value of $82,700,000. SpaceX will provide the government with a total launch solution for the GPS-III... read more

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