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EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office Launched

March 18, 2015By

The SAFIR (Satellite navigation services for AFrIcan Region) project has officially launched the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office, laying the first stone of its future office building in a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal. SAFIR is part of the Africa-EU long-term strategic partnership to enhance safety in air transport. Its global objective is to build capacity within African ACP countries for the future deployment... read more

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GPS IIF-9 Prepped for March 25 Launch

March 18, 2015By
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The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) has been encapsulated in the Delta IV rocket’s four-meter-diameter nose cone at a processing facility, and moved to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 37 for mating to its booster inside the mobile service tower. Launch is scheduled for March 25 at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT) from Space Launch Complex... read more

Galileo 6 Signals Acquired

March 18, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. On March 17, some stations participating in the International GNSS Service Multi-GNSS Experiment acquired E1 and E5a signals from Galileo 6 (FOC-FM2, GSAT0202). The satellite is using pseudorandom noise code E14. The orbit of Galileo 6 was recently adjusted to make it more circular with a higher perigee after it was launched into an incorrect orbit... read more

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Galileo 7 and 8 Fitted to Dispenser in Preparation for Launch

March 18, 2015By
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News courtesy of the European Space Agency The seventh and eighth Galileo satellites, set for launch together in nine days’ time, have been fitted together onto the dispenser that will carry them during their flight to orbit. The fueling of the two satellites was completed last week, leaving them ready to be placed into launch configuration. They were carefully lowered... read more

Solar Storm Hits Earth’s Magnetic Field

March 17, 2015By
A G4 (Severe) geomagnetic storm was observed today at 07/1358 UTC (09:58 am EDT). This is the response to a pair of CMEs observed leaving the Sun on 15 March. Shown here is a model depiction of where the aurora is likely visible. Storm conditions are forecast to persist for the next several hours before beginning to wane down towards the end of the UT day. (Courtesy of NOAA)

A G4 (severe) geomagnetic storm is now taking place, the most powerful solar storm of the current solar cycle, reports Discovery.com. Initially triggered by the impact of a coronal mass ejection (CME) hitting our planet’s magnetosphere, a relatively mild geomagnetic storm erupted at around 04:30 UT (12:30 a.m. EDT), but it has since become a severe G4-class geomagnetic storm. Bright auroras were sighted... read more

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Moscow Navigation Forum to Focus on GLONASS Market

March 17, 2015By

The International Navigation Forum is a central event of year in the field of the commercial use of satellite navigation technologies — especially of the Russian navigation system GLONASS. The forum will be held April 22-23 at the Expocentre Fairgrounds in Moscow, in conjunction with the 7th International Exhibition on Navigation Systems, Technologies and Services (Navitech), which takes place April 22-24. The forum is designed... read more

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Sixth Galileo Satellite Reaches Corrected Orbit

March 13, 2015By
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The sixth Galileo satellite of Europe’s navigation system has entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload. read more

Launch Prep on Track for Galileo’s Next FOC Satellites

March 12, 2015By
Soyuz’ Block I third stage is mated to the launcher at the Spaceport’s MIK integration building.

Preparations for Arianespace’s next Soyuz flight, which will lift into orbit two more Galileo satellites, are in full swing at multiple locations across the spaceport in French Guiana. Work includes a key integration step for the medium-lift launcher, plus the start-up of fueling for its Galileo satellite passengers. Soyuz’ Block I third stage was mated to the vehicle’s core during activity today in the... read more