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Canada to Supply MEOSAR Search and Rescue Repeaters to GPS III

August 13, 2015By
The MEOSAR satellite payload is being developed for GPS III satellites.

The Canadian government will begin providing search-and-rescue repeaters for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III satellites, reports Space News. The repeaters provided by Canada’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project will significantly reduce the time it takes to locate a distress signal. Canada’s Department of National Defence will begin negotiations with the U.S. Air Force to install 24 repeaters on GPS... read more

Satel Joins with Antenna Maker Welotec at INTERGEO

August 12, 2015By
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Finnish radio data communication specialist Satel will present innovative new products for mission-critical radio data networks at INTERGEO, being held in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 15-17. In Germany, radio data communication solutions from Satel are distributed by the full-range and systems provider Welotec. At the trade fair in Stuttgart, the partners will present their products at adjacent stands. Both Satel as a radio... read more

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Receivers Reach New Heights

August 6, 2015By
The four MMS spacecraft host the highest ever operational GPS receivers in space. (artist’s rendition, credit: NASA)

September Marks Start of Magnetosphere Mission, but Navigators Already Perform
A NASA mission to explore magnetic reconnection also made GPS history this spring. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is flying four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation to take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission. read more

Final GLONASS-M Satellite Passes Tests

August 3, 2015By
Artist's rendering of the GLONASS-M satellite.

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.   The last of the GLONASS-M satellites (serial number 61) has been built and has passed all acceptance tests, reports the July 20 issue of Sibirskii Sputnik (Siberian Satellite), the internal newspaper of ISS Reshetnev. It will join eight other GLONASS-M satellites in storage on the ground awaiting launch between now and 2017. Following the launch... read more

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Possible Piece of Galileo Rocket Found on Florida Beach

August 3, 2015By
Screenshot from video by WPLG-TV, Miami, Fla.

A metal object that may be a large piece of a Galileo rocket has been found on a Florida beach. The object appeared to bear the markings of the European Union’s Galileo satellite program, reports the SunSentinel. It was discovered Sunday behind the oceanfront Sun Tower Hotel & Suites in Fort Lauderdale. The mattress-sized fragment  attracted onlookers until late Sunday morning when it was... read more

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The System: New LightSquared, Same Agenda, Billions at Stake

August 1, 2015By
This one’s in orbit now. Photo shows the nose cone containing GPS IIF-10 being lowered into position atop the launch vehicle, inside the rocket gantry at Cape Canaveral.

New LightSquared, Same Agenda, Billions at Stake In a late June filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Lightsquared asked the agency to reassign its spectrum licenses — which were at the root of a prolonged dispute in 2010 and 2011, and have never been fully utilized —  to a new licensee that would be wholly owned by a new... read more

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Raytheon Installs First GPS OCX Hardware

July 30, 2015By

Raytheon has installed the first operational hardware for the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. The new ground command and control system will significantly modernize U.S. GPS capabilities and manage the next generation of GPS satellites. Installation of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS) hardware was completed in early July at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado,... read more

China Launches Two More BeiDou Satellites

July 27, 2015By
From the Xinhua News Agency

Two BeiDou navigation satellites were launched into medium Earth orbit on Saturday, July 25, at 12:29:04.411 UTC. The satellites are drifting to their designated orbits. read more

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