GNSS

Galileo declares: Open for business!

January 11, 2017By
Galileo Goes Live! ceremony in Brussels: European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, responsible for the Energy Union, and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, count down to hit the “Go” button.

At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. Plus: Ground control upgrade for GPS III approved; GPS funded at $847 million for FY 2017. read more

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Research: RTK with tight coupling of 6 low-cost sensors

January 10, 2017By and
Performance of RTK positioning, a fusion of GNSS and inertial sensors, in the city center of Munich.

A tight coupling of GNSS and inertial measurements is needed for both accurate and reliable positioning. The use of multi-GNSS is recommended to obtain a sufficient number of visible satellites in any outdoor environment. read more

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European Geosciences seeks abstracts for high-precision GNSS session

January 9, 2017By

The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union will be held April 23-28 in Vienna, Austria. One session in particular focuses on high-precision GNSS, and abstracts are being sought. G1.4 – High-precision GNSS: methods, open problems and geoscience applications This session is an activity of IAG SC4.4. “Multi-constellation GNSS” and IAG-ICCT JSG 0.10 “High-rate GNSS” Session G1.4 description: In the... read more

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International GNSS summer school goes to Norway

January 5, 2017By
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The University of the Bundeswehr Muenchen and the Norwegian Space Centre are organizing the International Summer School on Global Satellite Navigation Systems 2017. This year the Summer School will be held at Longyearbyen, Svalbard – Spitsbergen, Norway, Sept. 4-15. Lectures start the morning of Sept. 5 and end Sept. 14 following dinner. The Summer School is open to graduate students, Ph.D.... read more

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GPS receives $847 million in NDAA funding for FY 2017

January 3, 2017By

On Dec. 23, 2016, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017. The act includes policy and funding guidance for the GPS program of $847.362 million. This total excludes $13.171 million requested for the GPS IIF program, which requires FY 2017 funding for on-orbit support and contract closeout. Procurement of GPS III satellites is budgeted at $34 million,... read more

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GNSS CEOs see bright future, alternative PNT promises well

December 28, 2016By
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It has been a good year for all global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), as the chief executives of each system testify here. Alternative positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) also thrives. In this roundup of the latest highlights from the past year and forecasts for the future, 2017 augurs very well indeed! Let’s look at the newest alternative-PNT offerings first, followed... read more

New defense signals offered, new defense editor sought

December 20, 2016By
Iridium satellite, courtesy of Iridium.

Two important new signals — or rather, one signal and one group of signals — became available for military users worldwide last week. Satelles made an exciting announcement of what amounts to a new dimension in satnav: a whole new constellation in low-Earth orbit, bringing global coverage and most critically, a signal strength hitherto unknown to GNSS users. The satellite... read more

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Galileo declares Initial Services

December 15, 2016By
Maroš Šefčovič, à gauche, et Elżbieta Bieńkowska

At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. The Declaration of Initial Services means that the Galileo satellites and ground infrastructure are now operationally ready. These signals will be highly accurate but not available all the time, since the constellation is not yet complete... read more