GNSS

SpaceX awarded GPS III satellite launch contract

April 29, 2016By
A SpaceX Falcon 9 stands ready for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Air Force awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services to SpaceX.

The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space ExplorationTechnologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a total value of $82,700,000. SpaceX will provide the government with a total launch solution for the GPS-III... read more

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With IRNSS-1G launch, India completes and renames its navigation constellation

April 29, 2016By
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India’s network of satellites providing a regional navigation system is now complete with the successful launch of the IRNSS-1G from Sriharikota on April 28. The satellite was then placed into the correct orbit. The satellite was launched aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from Satish Dhawan Space Centre spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System... read more

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NovAtel launches 40-centimeter correction service, TerraStar-L

April 27, 2016By

TerraStar-L, a new 40-centimeter (cm) precise point positioning (PPP) correction service, is coming next week from NovAtel. TerraStar-L is a subscription-based correction service that delivers GNSS correction data via satellite to users of precision navigation systems. With position accuracy of 40 cm, TerraStar-L is designed for broad accuracy applications such as agriculture, geospatial information systems (GIS) and unmanned vehicle navigation, particularly where tree... read more

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GNSS has bad days, too

April 27, 2016By
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“Even the best technology has a bad day,” Charles Schue told the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which relies very heavily on the best technology to keep the world’s financial edifice afloat. Vulnerabilities in the stock market were pointed up during a demonstration on April 19, showcasing how one positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system can cover the chinks in... read more

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European Navigation Conference to focus on innovation

April 25, 2016By
Helsinki Cathedral.

The 24th edition of the European Navigation Conference (ENC 2016) will be held May 30 to June 2 at the Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland. ENC 2016 is co-sponsored by EUGIN, Nordic Institute of Navigation, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. The conference focus will be on innovations in positioning, navigation and timing technologies and applications for land, sea and air. Topic areas include... read more

GLONASS-M satellite delivered for launch

April 25, 2016By
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Another GLONASS-M satellite, designed and built by a team of Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company, has been delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Accompanied by the company’s technical team and housed in a dedicated high-technology container, it was shipped to the Yemelyanovo Airport of Krasnoyarsk and then flew to the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a cargo aircraft IL-76. At the cosmodrome, ISS-Reshetnev... read more

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New name, new version for GAPS software

April 21, 2016By
GAPS-derived position fixes for a test drive in Fredericton. (Image: UNB)

GAPS v6.0.0 is now rebranded as the GNSS Analysis and Positioning Software. GAPS software — hosted by the University of New Brunswick, Canada — provides users with accurate satellite positioning using a single GNSS receiver both in static and kinematic mode. Through the use of precise orbit and clock products provided by sources such as the International GNSS Service (IGS) and Natural Resources... read more

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IRNSS constellation nears completion

April 20, 2016By
IRNSS-1G being prepared for a pre-launch test. (Photo: ISRO)

India is expected to launch into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite on April 28, thus completing the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1G is expected to launch aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from India’s spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 12:50 local time. To date, India has launched six regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C,... read more