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Air Force to Award Additional GPS III Satellite Contracts

April 15, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force plans to award multiple contracts for companies to demonstrate their ability to build GPS III satellites, according to a report by Mike Gruss of Space News. The Air Force expects to award the contracts — worth up to $6 million — during this calendar year. Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Denver is the current GPS III satellite contractor, building the first eight GPS III satellites. The... read more

Fifth Galileo Colloquium Planned for October

April 15, 2015By
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The fifth International Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme will be held in Braunschweig, Germany, Oct. 27–29. Since 2007, the worldwide scientific community has met every two years to discuss the scientific possibilities of Galileo and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). This colloquium will bring together members of the European scientific community and their international... read more

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GPS III Update: First Satellite Ready for Testing

April 14, 2015By

Report from the 31st Space Symposium COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I had the pleasure of having an early breakfast on this beautiful Colorado morning with Mark Stewart, VP and program manager at Lockheed Martin in Denver for the GPS III program. Mark was very upbeat, a normal state for him actually, and stated that GPS III SV1 was fully integrated — payload, bus... read more

New Galileo Pair Head to Working Orbit

April 10, 2015By
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Europe’s two newest Galileo satellites — launched March 27 — have carried out maneuvers to take them down to their working positions in orbit. Both satellites are performing well. Galileo 7 and 8 were launched into a circular 23,522 km altitude orbit about 300 km above their final orbit. Using their onboard thrusters, the two Galileo satellites have performed all their Launch and... read more

IRNSS-1D Reaches Orbital Slot

April 9, 2015By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The fourth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, launched on March 28, has arrived at its designated orbital slot. Based on data supplied by the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center, IRNSS-1D is in an inclined geosynchronous orbit with an inclination of 30.5 degrees and a nodal longitude of 111.7 degrees east, within the... read more

ComNav, CGEOS Build First BeiDou CORS Station in Europe

April 9, 2015By

Europe's first BeiDou CORS station — Qiao CORS Station — has been built in Wallonia, Belgium. ComNav partnered with local company CGEOS – Creative Geosensing on the project read more

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Galileo NAGU Announces Completion of Ground Upgrade

April 9, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The European GNSS Service Centre has issued Notice Advisories to Galileo Users announcing the completion of a ground segment upgrade and system testing as of 1 April 2015. The three fully operational Galileo satellites (GSAT0101, GSAT0102, and GSAT0103) have been declared available from 1 April 2015 at 00:00 UTC. GSAT0101 (ID:11) payload on PHM clock... read more

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Galileo Ground Segment Back Online

April 9, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency The worldwide Ground Mission Segment providing all Galileo navigation messages has completed a full-scale hardware and software migration to version V2.0, and is now fully operational again. The Ground Mission Segment was turned off Jan. 26, allowing the migration to take place over the month of February. The following month was taken up with... read more