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Words from Gen. Hyten: Leader, prophet and warfighter

April 18, 2016By
Commander AFSPC – Gen. John Hyten (Courtesy of the USAF)

There were well over 100 presentations and speeches given at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. However, I only want to speak about one of them briefly. While there were many presentations that were absolutely newsworthy, one presenter had something special and significant to say about the future of space and warfare. Gen. John Hyten is... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete first GPS OCX qualification test

April 13, 2016By
The Block 0/Launch and Checkout System infrastructure before being shipped to Schriever Air Force BAse and installed. (Photo: Raytheon)

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. The event was the Configuration Item Qualification Test (CIQT) milestone for the Launch... read more

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Next two Galileo satellites begin launch prep

April 7, 2016By
The 13th and 14th Galileo satellites touched down at Cayenne – Félix Eboué Airport in French Guiana. (Photo: ESA)

The latest pair of navigation satellites has reached Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). This starts a new Galileo launch campaign that will culminate in a May 24 launch of  the 13th and 14th satellites in the constellation. A second launch is planned for this fall, with four satellites carried aloft on a customized Ariane 5 for... read more

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ESNC 2016 opens submissions for Galileo-enabled applications

April 4, 2016By
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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) — the largest international competition for the commercial use of satellite navigation — is once again looking for outstanding ideas and business models. Renowned institutions and regional partners are set to award prizes worth a total of €1 million in more than 25 categories. The deadline for submissions is June 30. “In our modern, data-driven economy, satellite navigation... read more

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System of Systems: OCX to Cost More, Come Later

April 1, 2016By
The next-generation GPS ground-control system, known as OCX.

GPS III program slowed by funds diversion. The White House budget request for the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX) comes to $393.3 million for fiscal year (FY) 2017. read more

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South Korea issues warning over suspected North Korean GPS disruption

March 31, 2016By
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South Korea issued a warning Thursday after detecting satellite signal disruptions that appeared to be coming from North Korea, according to the Korea Herald. The capital city of Seoul appeared to be the target. Officials said North Korea discharged a large amount of radio waves to jam GPS signals in the region. “We’ve detected signs that North Korea has been... read more

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SatNav engineering by the book

March 30, 2016By
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Engineering Satellite-Based Navigation and Timing: Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Signals, and Receivers John W. Betz ISBN: 978-1-118-61597-3; 672 pages December 2015, Wiley-IEEE Press Hardcover print or ebook available A new book by a recognized authority in signal design and processing, structured as a textbook for an upper-level undergraduate course or a graduate course in satnav engineering, will also admirably serve... read more

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China launches 22nd BeiDou satellite

March 30, 2016By
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China launched the 22nd BeiDou satellite into orbit on Tuesday. BeiDou-22 (or BeiDou-2 I6) was launched at 20:11 UTC (4:11 local time) by a Long March-3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. China launched the 21st BeiDou satellite on Feb. 1, the second in a series of BeiDou launches schedule for 2016. The BeiDou constellation is planned to be completed in... read more

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