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Roscosmos Chief Discusses Plans for GLONASS Stations in China

September 5, 2014By

The chief of Russia’s space agency Roscosmos has discussed plans for bilateral cooperation in space with his Chinese counterparts in Beijing, according to the ITAR-TASS news agency. “On Thursday, the chief of Roscosmos held a meeting with the head of China’s Satellite Navigation Office Ran Chengqi. The officials discussed Russian-Chinese cooperation on navigation satellite systems GLONASS and Beidou, in particular,... read more

Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellites Reach 200 Years of Operational Life

September 4, 2014By
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The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of GPS Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. The 20 satellites make up about two thirds of the current GPS constellation. Originally launched between 1997 and 2009 to add capabilities to the GPS constellation and to replace other aging satellites, the 12 GPS IIR and... read more

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SVN-35 to Resume L-Band Transmission

September 4, 2014By

Starting Friday, September 5, GPS satellite SVN-35 will resume transmitting L-band signals using PRN03, according to a Notice Advisory to Navstar Users (NANU) issued today. According to GPS World Almanac editor Richard Langley, the resumption is being done in an effort to determine the exact status of SVN-35′s remaining clock. However, the satellite will remain unusable as the Air Force conducts its tests. Below... read more

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ION Seeks Abstracts for Pacific PNT 2015, PTTI Registration Opens

September 2, 2014By

Abstract submissions are now being accepted for The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Pacific PNT Conference, to be held April 20-23, 2015, at the Waikiki Beach Marriott, Honolulu, Hawaii. Abstracts are due November 14, 2014. Pacific PNT, where “East Meets West in the Global Cooperative Development of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technology,” brings together policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, China, South... read more

IGS Launches New Website

August 28, 2014By

The International GNSS Service (IGS) has launched a new website. Knowledge-base sections have been created for IGS Working Groups to maintain content for public access. The site administrators ask Working Group chairs to provide updated content to their sections. Other sections include IGS Real-Time Service, IGS Presents (videos), IGS Multi-GNSS Experiment, news and events. Because content has been extensively reorganized with this... read more

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Galileo 5 and 6 Operating Smoothly Despite Wrong Orbit

August 28, 2014By

Galileo satellites 5 and 6 are safely under control, despite having been released on a lower and elliptical orbit instead of the expected circular orbit on August 22. Each satellite’s set of solar arrays is fully deployed and generating power, and operations continue smoothly. The European ground teams deployed at the European Space Agency’s (ESA)  control centre ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany, in cooperation with satellite... read more

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Canadian Science Minister Announces Grant to Langley’s UNB Lab

August 26, 2014By
Professor Langley (center) discusses the UNB geodesy program with Canadian Science Minister Ed Holder (second from left.)

The Canadian Minister of State for science and technology, Ed Holder, visited the University of New Brunswick on July 28 to announce the awarding by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of $2.4 million to 28 UNB researchers. He was joined by Keith Ashfield, member of Parliament for Fredericton, where UNB is based, and Craig Leonard, the New Brunswick Minister... read more

Inquiry Commission Appointed Following Galileo Anomaly

August 25, 2014By
The medium-lift workhorse has been raised into a vertical orientation as the mobile gantry  is moved into position.

Following the major anomaly that occurred on August 22 during the Soyuz ST mission carrying two satellites in the Galileo constellation, Arianespace announced today, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the appointment of an independent inquiry commission. The commission is chaired by Peter Dubock, former ESA Inspector General. Its mandate is to establish the circumstances of the anomaly, to... read more