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EuroGeographics to Create Expert Group in GNSS Positioning

June 20, 2014By

Members of EuroGeographics are creating a European platform for networking, sharing best practices, and exchanging expertise on GNSS positioning. Plans for the new Positioning Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) were revealed at the association’s recent Extraordinary General Assembly following a proposal by the Head Office for Geodesy and Cartography, Poland. Its focus will include: maintaining a network of experts in satellite... read more

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Russia Launches Single GLONASS Satellite

June 16, 2014By
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A single GLONASS-M satellite was launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome on Saturday, June 14, at 17:16 UTC. The satellite, GLONASS-M 55 (with designation 755 once operational and also known as Kosmos 2500), was inserted into the GLONASS constellation’s Plane 3 and will occupy orbital slot 21, according to ISS Reshetnev, the manufacturer of the satellite. Reshetnev also reported that the... read more

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Lockheed Misses GPS III Deadline After Production Delays

June 13, 2014By

The U.S. Air Force is shopping for alternative companies to head  the GPS III program after its current contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, hit production delays, according to the Denver Post. There have been technical problems with the first GPS III satellite navigation system, which is supplied by Lockheed Martin subcontractor Exelis, the newspaper reports. After the current eight-satellite contract... read more

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GLONASS-M Satellite to Launch June 14

June 9, 2014By
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GLONASS-M satellite number 55 is planned for launch on June 14 from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, said the first deputy director Viktor Kosenko as reported by Interfax.ru. Kosenko said that through 2020, 25 more GLONASS satellites are planned: 11 GLONASS-M, 10 Glonass-K1, and four Glonass-K2. At the same time, he said, one GLONASS-K1 spacecraft is in orbit undergoing flight tests. GLONASS-M... read more

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Russia Turns IGS Data Back on — Sort of

June 5, 2014By

On June 2, GPS World reported that GPS tracking stations co-sponsored by U.S. interests but located in Russia had stopped making their data available to scientists and others. Now, “It looks like the tap has been turned back on, at least at slow flow,” reports Richard Langley, GPS World Innovation editor and University of New Brunswick professor. “Hourly and daily... read more

Russia Turns off Data from IGS GPS Tracking Stations

June 2, 2014By
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As announced by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin on May 13, 2014, GPS tracking stations co-sponsored by U.S. interests have stopped making their data available to scientists and others. The tap on the flow of data from 11 stations was turned off starting on May 31. The data flow included hourly and daily data files from the stations as... read more

Test Shows Galileo Increases Accuracy of Location-Based Services

May 27, 2014By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and Rx Networks Inc., a mobile location technology and services company, announced the results of tests conducted by the company measuring the performance of Galileo when used in various combinations with GPS and GLONASS. Tests were conducted in real-world environments, including urban canyons and indoors. These environments pose significant challenges to location accuracy due to multipath... read more

GPS IIF-6 Launch Tracked by GPS, Not Radar

May 19, 2014By

Friday’s launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the latest GPS satellite was tracked via GPS itself instead of by radar, reports Spaceflight Now in an article. United Launch Alliance’s Atlas and Delta rockets are transitioning to GPS metric tracking for range safety functions, which protect the public and property should a launch vehicle veer off course. The move is a... read more