Latest Galileo Satellites Will Head to Plane A

September 10, 2015By

I had the honour of the first question at today’s Galileo press conference hosted by the European Space Agency (ESA), and it was about the status of the satellites launched last March. The answer to that question and others are below. The satellites being launched this evening are destined for Plane A and will be its first occupants. They will occupy slots... read more

Federal Register Notice Seeks Comments on GPS L1 Band Interference Test Plan

September 9, 2015By

UPDATE (9/10/15): A public workshop will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2 to provide an opportunity to discuss the draft test plan and address questions before the close of the public comment period.  The workshop will be held in the RTCA NBAA/Colson Room, 1150 18th St. NW, Suite 910, Washington, D.C., 20036. Click here to register for the workshop. The U.S. Department of... read more

UNB GAPS for Precise Point Positioning Gets Update

September 9, 2015By

The next version of the UNB GPS Analysis and Positioning Software (GAPS), version 5.9.1, is now available. The new version of the precise point positioning software includes several updates and new features, including creation of GAPS Basic and Advanced user submission pages. The GAPS Basic user submission page allows for quick and easy submission of observation files for users who frequently use... read more

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Averna and Skydel Join for Demonstrations at ION GNSS+

September 9, 2015By
The Averna RP-6100 record-and-playback solution.

Averna and Skydel Solutions will be showcasing their latest GNSS technology simulation products at The Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ conference, giving show-goers the opportunity to see the RP-6100 in action. ION GNSS+, taking place Sept. 14-18 in Tampa, Fla., is the 28th International Technical Meeting of the Institute of Navigation’s Satellite Division and the world’s largest technical meeting and showcase of GNSS and related technology,... read more

Galileo 9 and 10 in the Zone for This Week’s Launch

September 8, 2015By
The logos of the two new satellites in the Galileo constellation are placed on the launcher fairing. (Credit: CNES)

Galileo 9 and 10 are ready for launch atop a Soyuz rocket at 23:08 local time on Sept. 10 (02:08 GMT and 04:08 CEST on Sept. 11) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. After being attached to their carrier last week, the pair of fully fueled satellites was carefully lowered onto the Fregat upper stage on Wednesday, Sept. 2, in the 3SB preparation building of... read more

EGNOS Services Ensured Long Term, Thanks to SES-5 GEO Satellite

September 2, 2015By

After extensive ground and space testing, the SES-5 GEO satellite has entered into the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) operational platform, broadcasting EGNOS Signal-In-Space (SIS), according to the European GNSS Agency (GSA). SES-5 — which replaces Inmarsat-4F2 — will ensure reliable EGNOS services until 2026. It has been introduced through EGNOS System Release V241M, which will enable a range of performance improvements.... read more

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The System: BeiDou Adds Two, Plans Auto Sat Nav

September 1, 2015By

China launched two BeiDou navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit on July 25. The two new satellites, BeiDou-3 M1 and BeiDou-3 M2, are in orbital slots 1 and 6 of Plane 1 (or A Plane), respectively. The satellites are designated BDS M1-S and M2-S — the “S” may stand for “Test” (in Chinese: 试验 = Shiyan). On Aug. 14, China stated... read more

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Galileo Satellites Topped off for Sept. 10 Launch

August 26, 2015By
Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites being fueled by technicians in protective SCAPE suits within the Guiana Space Centre’s 3SB preparation building on Aug. 24. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

UPDATED 08/28/15 with information from the European Space Agency. The two European Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace’s next mission from French Guiana have been fueled at the Spaceport, readying them for integration with their Soyuz launcher. Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellites 9 and 10 were “topped off” during activity this week at the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility, further advancing preparations for the Sept. 10 mission —... read more