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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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Ground-based Galileo satellite joins post-launch dress rehearsal

March 29, 2016By
Members of the joint Galileo Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) team at work in CNES Toulouse. A joint team from ESA and France’s CNES space agency oversee Galileo LEOPs – the initial switching on and checking and configuration of satellite systems. LEOP is run from either ESOC or CNES Toulouse, on an alternating basis. (Photo: ESA)

News from the European Space Agency The navigation satellite set to become the 16th in the Galileo constellation has been taken through a Europe-wide rehearsal for its launch and early operations in space. Sitting in the cleanroom environment of ESA’s ESTEC technology centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the satellite was last week linked to a trio of sites across the... read more

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Europe enters ‘The Year of Galileo’

March 28, 2016By

2016 has already been dubbed as “The Year of Galileo.” That was the clear message from the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in early March. The Munich summit covers all GNSS systems, but the focus this year was squarely on Galileo. I think it is fair to say that come hell or high water we will see Galileo Initial Services debuting... read more