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Lockheed Martin Team Completes Delta Preliminary Design for Next GPS III Satellite Capabilities

April 11, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review (dPDR) for the next Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times... read more

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ESA Telecom and Navigation Vehicle Ready for Test Driving

April 11, 2013By
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The radio spectrum is about to get even busier, as Europe’s Galileo satnav system starts services, at the same time the European Space Agency (ESA) tests novel satellite-based telecommunication services. Supporting these developments from the ground, ESA’s new custom-built Telecommunications and Navigation Testbed Vehicle will measure the resulting signals from all over Europe. Adapted from a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van,... read more

Smithsonian Time and Navigation Exhibit Opens Friday

April 10, 2013By
Stanley at the Time and Navigation exhibit.

A major exhibition opening April 12, “Time and Navigation: the untold story of getting from here to there,” explores how revolutions in timekeeping over three centuries have influenced how people find their way. This project is a unique collaboration between two of the Smithsonian’s largest and most popular museums: the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of... read more

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Japan to Expand QZSS with Three Birds, Ground Control

April 5, 2013By

The Japanese government has ordered three navigation satellites from Mitsubishi Electric Corp. to expand the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), reports Spaceflight Now. QZSS augments GPS navigation signals for users in the Asia-Pacific region. NEC Corporation has also been awarded a contract, for the Ground Control Segment. Japan’s Cabinet Office announced the QZSS expansion on March 29, approving a $526 million... read more

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IGS Launches Real-Time Service

April 2, 2013By

The International GNSS Service (IGS), a worldwide federation of agencies involved in high-­precision Global Navigation Satellite System applications, has announced the launch of its Real-­Time Service (RTS). The RTS is a global-scale GNSS orbit and clock correction service that enables real‐time precise point positioning (PPP) and related applications requiring access to IGS low latency products. The RTS is offered in... read more

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Four Galileo Birds Sighted over Asia

April 2, 2013By
Figure 1. Positions obtained by only Galileo E1 Open Service (the antenna is located at the roof of the Ta Quang Buu library building inside HUST campus)

Scientists in Hanoi, Vietnam, send word that on March 27 the four Galileo in-orbit validation satellites were visible at the same time in the sky over that Southeast Asian country for nearly two hours (from 2:15 to 4:00 GMT) while transmitting a valid navigation message. The research team of the NAVIS Centre at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)... read more

ESA Summer School Will Navigate Students through Satnav World

March 28, 2013By
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ESA International Summer School on GNSS 2013 will take place this year in Davos, Switzerland, July 15-25, 2013, at the Schatzalp Snow & Mountain Resort. Satellite navigation technology is changing all our lives — and here is your chance to gain an expert overview. This summer’s Navigation Summer School, hosted by the Swiss Space Office and the Swiss Space Center... read more

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Parkinson Presentation at Smithsonian Now Online, Exhibit Opens April 12

March 28, 2013By
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Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University, discussed “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21. If you missed his talk, you can view it now on UStream. Parkinson’s lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., was part of the introduction of the new... read more