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NovAtel: Proposed Ligado wireless network a concern for high-precision positioning

May 22, 2016By

NovAtel Inc. has submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding Ligado Networks LLC’s (formerly New LightSquared LLC) License Modification Applications. NovAtel raises deep concerns about the testing methodology used and conclusions presented by Ligado regarding the impact of its proposed usage of L-band frequencies for a terrestrial wireless network. In its filing, NovAtel identified serious flaws in the testing... read more

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Galileo satellites 13 and 14 prepare for launch

May 18, 2016By

Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by a Soyuz rocket on May 24 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. This video gives an overview of Galileo and shows Galileo 13 and 14 in preparation in Kourou. It includes an interview with Paul Verhoef, ESA director of... read more

Congress yanks funding for OCX

May 17, 2016By

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in the upcoming funding cycle, to enable Raytheon to continue work... read more

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SSTL delivers 22nd — and final — Galileo FOC payload

May 16, 2016By
SSTL's Galileo FOC payload under production. (Photo: SSTL)

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has delivered the 22nd Galileo navigation payload to prime contractor OHB System in Bremen, Germany. This is SSTL’s final payload under Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Works Orders 1 and 2. SSTL’s FOC payload is based on European-sourced atomic clocks, navigation signal generators, and high-power traveling wave-tube amplifiers and antennas. It will provide Galileo’s navigation, positioning... read more

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Is reliance on GPS making us lose our mapping minds?

May 16, 2016By

By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor I love maps. As a child, I was my family’s designated navigator on car trips (or my parents indulged me!). I studied our roadmaps, searching out each legend icon on the map and finding icons to look up on the legend. I would use the map’s indicators to determine the distance between points and interesting... read more

Galileo 13 satellite fueled for May 24 lift-off

May 10, 2016By
Galileo 10 is fueled at the Spaceport for Arianespace’s May 24 mission with Soyuz.

Preparations for Arianespace’s upcoming mission have moved into the fueling phase for the next two Galileo navigation satellites, Galileo 13 and 14. The satellites will be sent into orbit by a medium-lift Soyuz on May 24 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. As part of the process, the 13th in the series of Full Operational Capability (FOC) Galileo platforms (Galileo-FOC FM10) has been... read more

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GSA: 40 percent of GNSS receivers are Galileo-ready

May 9, 2016By
Figure 2. Supported constellation by receivers, all segments.

60 percent support two or more constellations Chipset and receiver manufacturers are already equipping their devices with multi-constellation capabilities, including Galileo, and taking advantage of available services, according to a new analysis by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The study examines the global top 31 companies and reviews publicly available technical documentation on their product portfolios, for more than 300... read more

Papers sought for IGNSS conference in Sydney

May 4, 2016By

The call for papers is now open for IGNSS 2016, set for Dec. 6-8 in Sydney, Australia. Closing date for abstract submission is July 4; and the final date for the submission of papers requiring peer review is Sept. 26. The International GNSS Society (IGNSS) runs the Southeast Asian region’s premier conference on GNSS and related position, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies. It will bring together... read more

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