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Faulty Software Determined Cause of GLONASS Failures

April 25, 2014By

The two April failures in Russia’s GLONASS were caused by mathematical mistakes in software, according to Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Russian newspaper Ria Novosti reported on a press conference where Ostapenko said that programmers who had designed the satellites’ new software had made several mathematical mistakes, but the problem was not major and has practically... read more

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Galileo Maritime Tests Followed Route of Viking Ships

April 24, 2014By
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Results are being processed from the first Galileo maritime trials outside of mainland Europe. The long-range, high-latitude testing spanned the North Sea, following the same historical sailing route that Viking dragon-ships used 1200 years ago. Ancient manuscripts record Viking navigators relied on “sunstones” to find their way — archaeologists believe these may have been polarizing crystals to pinpoint the Sun... read more

Activation of Pre-Operational CNAV Message Set for April 28

April 24, 2014By

U.S. Air Force Space Command will be implementing CNAV messages on the GPS L2C and L5 signals beginning April 28 at 14:30 UTC, to facilitate user familiarization and development of compatible user equipment. No GPS satellite outages or degradations are planned. The L2C and L5 CNAV messages should be transparent to users. A 30-day public comment period on the pre-operational CNAV... read more

Braxton LADO System Supports 10th GPS Satellite Initialization

April 21, 2014By

GPS IIF-5 was launched on February 20 and turned over to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) for operations on March 5. This was the 10th successful launch and initialization using Braxton Technologies‘ Launch, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) system. LADO has performed all the mission planning, commanding and telemetry processing necessary to prepare all GPS satellites for... read more

Delay in Setting Recently Launched Block IIF Satellite Healthy

April 17, 2014By
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 with the Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite. This launch marked the 25th Delta IV flight since the first flight in 2002.

The latest GPS Block IIF satellite, IIF-5 or SVN64 (operating as PRN30), was launched on February 21, 2014. Typically, GPS satellites are checked out and made operational within about a month following launch. SVN64 has yet to be set healthy. The delay is due to an extended navigation test being performed by the GPS master control station. A navigation upload... read more

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GLONASS Loses Control Again

April 16, 2014By
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The GLONASS constellation has suffered a major problem for the second time this month. On Monday, April 14, eight GLONASS satellites were simultaneously set unhealthy for about half an hour, meaning that most GLONASS or multi-constellation receivers would have ignored those satellites in positioning computations. In addition, one other satellite in the fleet was out of commission undergoing maintenance. This... read more

GLONASS Transitions to New Geocentric Coordinate System

April 11, 2014By

The transition to using the terrestrial geocentric coordinate system “Parametry Zemli 1990” (PZ-90.11) in operating GLONASS has been implemented, according to an April 4 announcement by the Russian Federal Space Agency’s Information-Anayltical Center. The implementation fulfills Russian Government Resolution № 1463 of December 28, 2012, “On the Common National Geodetic Coordinate Systems,” outlining the transition starting at 3 p.m. on... read more

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Second of Seven Satellites for IRNSS Launched

April 4, 2014By
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India’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its second navigation satellite today, April 4, at 11:44 UTC. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket launched the IRNSS-1B spacecraft in a mission originating from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Liftoff was on schedule. IRNSS-1B is the second of seven satellites that comprise the first-generation Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1B... read more