GNSS

New Expectations Accompany Galileo Viability

May 28, 2015By
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It is heartening to see a burgeoning constellation and its operators move on from doubt to certainty, as Galileo prepares for fuller operational capability and the expectations that scope elicits. To pick up the thread from last month’s column covering keynote speeches at the European Navigation Conference: plenaries subsequent to the opening session focused respectively on “GNSS for Aeronautical Applications:... read more

Airbus Defence and Space Joins ESA BIC Bavaria as New Partner

May 27, 2015By

ESA BIC Bavaria, part of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (BIC) program, is poised to expand its presence in the aerospace hotbed Bavaria with the opening of another branch office in Ottobrunn near Munich. The Bavarian state government — itself a longstanding ESA BIC partner and supporter — also hailed the program’s new partnership with Airbus Defence and Space... read more

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Federal Radionavigation Plan Touches on NDGPS, eLoran

May 27, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv The 2014 Federal Radionavigation Plan, just released from the U.S. Department of Transportation, touches on funding for the Nationwide Differential GPS and the use of eLoran as a precision timing alternative. The plan is signed by the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security, and released by the DOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for... read more

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GLONASS Satellites Will Be ‘Made in Russia’ Only

May 26, 2015By

JSC “Russian Space Systems” (RCC), together with ISS Reshetnev, plan to remove imported components in construction of GLONASS satellites, according to an Izvestia article. Production of the advanced GLONASS satellite “GLONASS-K” is scheduled to begin later this year. According JSC CEO Andrew Tyulina, the company intends to stop the use of foreign electronic components as soon as possible. The plan is to have... read more

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UN Seminar on SatNav Explored Sharing, Education

May 22, 2015By
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A United Nations workshop held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, May 18-22 focused on sharing GNSS in various countries, as well as training in GNSS technologies. The five-day workshop, organized jointly by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), sought to address the use of GNSS for various applications that can provide sustainable social and economic benefits, in... read more

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Both New Galileo Satellites Now Transmitting

May 21, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv   Signals from both Galileo satellites launched March 27 are now transmitting signals. Researchers at Université de Liège and at the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, or DLR) reported on May 21 that the first of the full-operational-capability (FOC) satellites had begun transmitting standard L-band signals. The satellite, designated Galileo 8, is using... read more

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June 30 Leap Second Worries Markets, Internet

May 19, 2015By
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The coming leap second on June 30 sounds as scary as the (turns out not-so-scary) Y2K bug. But the world has experienced leap second issues before, and most affected industries are taking steps to prepare. The world’s clocks will be adjusted by one second on June 30, when a leap second will be inserted into Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the standard international time scale. In... read more

Satnav Augmentation Systems Settle on Common Channels Post-2020

May 7, 2015By
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The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group endorsed the "message definition" for a new secondary SBAS channel — to be known as L5, along with the current L1 — for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilize dual-frequency multi-constellation signals. read more

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