GNSS

Galileo provides healthy signals 97.33 percent of the time

June 5, 2017By

Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has undergone its first performance report since it started work at the end of last year, and it passed with flying colors, said the European Space Agency. The European GNSS Agency, GSA, through its GNSS Service Centre, has published the first of its regular quarterly performance reports on Galileo. This European GNSS (Galileo) Initial Services... read more

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eLoran and Loran testing underway in late June

June 5, 2017By

The Loran sites at Havre, Montana; George, Washington; and Fallon, Nevada, will continuously broadcast from 0900 (MST) June 20  through 1200 (MST) on June 30. The sites will operate on the 5990 rate but occasionally may operate at other rates. Only the site at Fallon will operate as an eLoran site. The sites at Havre and George will operate as... read more

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Galileo signal team nominated for invention award

June 2, 2017By

The engineering team behind the signal technology underpinning Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has reached the final of this year’s European Inventor Award, run by the European Patent Office, reported the European Space Agency. The team is led by Spanish engineer José Ángel Ávila Rodríguez — now part of ESA’s Galileo team — and his French colleague Laurent Lestarquit from France’s... read more

Japan launches second Michibiki QZSS satellite

June 2, 2017By

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) successfully launched a second navigation satellite on June 1. The H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 34 (H-IIA F34) delivered into orbit Michibiki No. 2 of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) at 9:17:46 a.m. (JST) from JAXA’s Tanegashima Space Center. The launch and flight of the rocket proceeded as planned, and the separation of... read more

Upgrades to monitoring stations support EGNOS

May 29, 2017By

Upgrades to the monitoring stations underpinning Europe’s EGNOS satnav augmentation system will support its evolution, said the European Space Agency. The current 40 Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Stations (RIMS) sites across Europe and beyond are the bedrock of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), supplying highly accurate and robust satnav information that can be relied on for safety-critical purposes.... read more

First Galileo open service performance report published

May 25, 2017By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has published its first Galileo Open Service quarterly performance report. The report, which covers the first three months of 2017, is available online in the GSC Electronic Library, or directly here. Following the Declaration of Initial Services in December 2016, the GSA will publish a new Galileo Initial Services Open Service report after each quarter.... read more

Google updates progress on Android GNSS measurements

May 24, 2017By

Nearly a year ago, Google debuted GPS measurements in Android. “Since then, we’ve made a lot of progress,” Steve Malkos, Google technical program manager, told GPS World. Frank van Diggelen and Mohammed Khider joined Malkos in hosting a half-day tutorial at ION GNSS+ 2016 in September that detailed how to access and use GPS measurements from Android devices. “We (Google) launched... read more

ESA: Space debris enters ‘more feared exponential trend’

May 23, 2017By

In April, the European Space Agency (ESA) hosted the 7th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA’s Satellite Control Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. There, international experts discussed ways to head off the threat of space junk. ESA estimates there are roughly 5,000 objects larger than 1 meter, 20,000 objects over 10 centimeters and 750,000 “flying bullets” of around one centimeter.... read more

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