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Galileo Ground Segment Back Online

April 9, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency The worldwide Ground Mission Segment providing all Galileo navigation messages has completed a full-scale hardware and software migration to version V2.0, and is now fully operational again. The Ground Mission Segment was turned off Jan. 26, allowing the migration to take place over the month of February. The following month was taken up with... read more

ION GNSS+ 2015 Technical Program Available Online

April 8, 2015By

The ION GNSS+ 2015 technical program is now available online, and registration is open.  ION GNSS+ 2015 will be held Sept. 14-18 (tutorials Sept. 14-15) at the Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, Fla. This year, unlike in previous years, the technical program (registration brochure) will only be distributed online. Users can search and sort the program online or download and print a PDF version. A printed on-site... read more

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First Launch of GLONASS-K2 Satellite Planned for 2018

April 2, 2015By

The first GLONASS-K2 spacecraft will be launched into orbit in 2018, said Nicholas Testoyedov, the CEO of Information Satellite Systems Reshetnev, as reported by the Assotsiatsiya GLONASS/GNSS Forum. “In 2018, we are preparing to launch the first satellite of the series GLONASS-K2,” Testoyedov said. “This satellite has advanced features. In the development of the navigation functions, new code division signals... read more

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The System: Celebrating 20 Years of GPS

March 31, 2015By
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April marks the 20th anniversary of GPS FOC. U.S. Air Force Space Command declared Full Operational Capability (FOC) for the GPS constellation April 27, 1995, signifying the system met all requirements with 24 operational Block II/IIA satellites in their assigned orbital slots and providing both the military Precise Positioning Service (PPS) performance standard and the civil Standard Positioning Service (SPS)... read more

China Launches First of Next-Gen BeiDou Satellites

March 30, 2015By
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UPDATE (3/31/15): The BeiDou satellite is being targeted for an IGSO orbit, not a MEO orbit as previously speculated. The two images below make this clear.        Below is a CCTV (China Central Television) news story covering the launch. UPDATE (3/30/15): China’s launch of BeiDou-3 M1 is now being reported in that country’s media. The launch occurred at 21:52 on March 30.... read more

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Galileo’s Two Newest Birds Undergoing Initial Checks

March 30, 2015By

The two newest Galileo satellites — dubbed Adam and Anastasia — launched Friday are now being checked out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and France’s CNES space agency from the CNES Toulouse centre. Following these initial checks, the two satellites will be handed over to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and the Galileo in-orbit testing facility in Redu,... read more

India’s IRNSS-1D Launched into Orbit

March 30, 2015By
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The fourth satellite of IRNSS satellite navigation constellation, IRNSS-1D, was launched onboard PSLV-C27 on Saturday, March 28, according to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle blasted off at 11:49 GMT (7:49 a.m. EST), or 5:19 p.m. local time, at the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast. This is the fourth successful launch of a navigation satellite... read more

All GNSS Attend, But Galileo Gets the Spotlight

March 30, 2015By

First and foremost, let’s give a big hand to Adam and Anastasia, the two Galileo FOC satellites that were successfully launched on March 27. Following the not-so-successful Galileo launch in August, it was imperative that this go smoothly. Although the Double-A launch occurred after the conclusion of this year’s Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, anticipation of the event set the context... read more