GNSS

GPS ground control making progress, but needs more money

July 12, 2016By

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $39.2 million from Congress to help develop the United States Air Force’s next-generation GPS ground control system (OCX), reports Inside Defense. Without the additional funding, the OCX would be delayed an additional four months and cost $90 million more to complete, the Pentagon said. The embattled OCX showed progress in its July 7 quarterly review,... read more

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Air Force jam-proof test range ready; Galileo teendom

July 7, 2016By
Locatalite transceiver installation in the White Sands Missile Range Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System, provided by the U.S. Air Force for testing equipment under conditions of GPS jamming.

Provides high-accuracy PNT even when GNSS jammed A critical capability to predict for GNSS chips and receivers —and for devices using alternative or back-up PNT technologies — is how they will actually perform without GPS. Filling this need, the U.S. Air Force 746th Test Squadron has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its new truth reference, the Ultra High-Accuracy Reference... read more

NDGPS to remain operational, fewer sites face decommissioning

July 5, 2016By
Graphic depicting NDGPS after site reductions. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The United States Coast Guard, Department of Transportation and Army Corps of Engineers have issued a notice that reduces the number of Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) sites that will be decommissioned. The agencies published a notice on Aug. 18, 2015, seeking public comments on the proposed shutdown and decommissioning of 62 the then-existing 84 NDGPS sites. “After a review... read more

SatNav expert Terry Moore decorated by RIN

July 5, 2016By
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Terry Moore, satellite navigation professor at The University of Nottingham, has been honored with the J E D Williams Medal for his contributions to the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN), in particular his leading role in staging its major conferences. Moore is a longtime member of GPS World’s Editorial Advisory Board.   His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is patron... read more

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Russia issues stamp to honor GLONASS

July 5, 2016By
A Russian stamp honoring GLONASS was issued July 5.

A new Russian Federation postage stamp features the GLONASS-­K satellite and graphic icons representing the main application areas of the satellite navigation system’s services. The stamp and first-day cover were officially issued on July 5. First-day postmarks honoring GLONASS are also available for Moscow and the city of Zheleznogorsk, Krasnodar Krai. The full orbital constellation of GLONASS consists of 24 satellites, operating... read more

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Chinese BeiDou plans outlined in new white paper

July 5, 2016By

A new white paper outlines plans for the Chinese BeiDou constellation, including its plans for international cooperation and exchanges. The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China published the white paper, which is titled “China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System,” in June. “Navigation satellite systems are the commonwealth of the development of mankind, and also a space infrastructure which... read more

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What the ‘Brexit’ vote means for EU space programmes, Galileo

June 29, 2016By
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A Kingdom Divided: Whither EU Space Programmes? Good grief, it has been a wild week or two. I was hoping that I wouldn’t need to talk about the incredible, excruciating UK referendum on European Union membership, but as the result has gone to the “leave” campaign, I feel obliged to pick over the wreckage. What does a UK exit from... read more

Galileo program governance: New chair of GSA Administrative Board named

June 29, 2016By
Jean-Yves Le Gall (Photo: Liberation)

Meeting on Thursday, June 23, at its headquarters in Prague, the Administrative Board of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) elected its new chair: Jean-Yves Le Gall, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES, the French space agency) president and France’s interministerial coordinator for European satellite navigation programmes. Le Gall succeeds Sabine Dannelke, German federal minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructures.... read more

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