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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

Real-time PPP with Galileo Demonstrated by Fugro

March 26, 2013By
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Fugro Seastar AS has been looking forward to demonstrating Real-Time Precise Point Positioning (PPP) based solely on Galileo signals since the last two satellites were launched October 12, the company said. Those two satellites brought the constellation to a total of four satellites, the minimum required to permit calculation of a Galileo-only position. Fugro achieved this task on March 18,... read more

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BeiDou Ground System Approved

March 25, 2013By

A ground system aimed at enhancing the navigation precision of China’s homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was approved in central China’s Hubei Province on Friday, according to NZWeek. The BeiDou Ground Base Enhancement System (BGBES) is a network consisting of 30 ground base stations, an operating system and a precision positioning system. It was approved by the evaluation committee... read more

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U.S. Air Force to Test CNAV on GPS L2C and L5 Signals

March 21, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. U.S. Air Force Space Command has issued a notice that CNAV capabilities on the GPS L2C and L5 signals will be tested in June. No GPS satellite outages are planned. Below is the official notice. Notice of Test A Notice by the Air Force Department on 03/20/2013 Action: GPS Test Notice. Summary: The purpose of... read more

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Brad Parkinson to Discuss GPS at Smithsonian Event

March 19, 2013By
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Dr. Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University will discuss “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21. The 8 p.m. ET lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,  follows a 7:15 p.m. viewing of the Imax film Space Junk 3D and commentary on the... read more

Upcoming GNSS Satellite Launches Scheduled

March 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Satellites expected to be launched in support of various Global Navigation Satellite Systems are the following: GPS May 15: Block IIF-4, SVN66, launch window: 17:39-17:58 UTC November: Block IIF-5 GLONASS April 26: Single GLONASS-M or -K satellite from Plesetsk June 28: Three GLONASS-M satellites from Baikonur Galileo October: FOC-1 launch (two satellites) Indian Regional Navigation... read more

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