GNSS

Galileo deals 4 of a kind

December 2, 2016By
The Kourou launch team.

An Ariane 5 heavy-lift rocket launched four full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites on Nov. 17, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system. The rocket carried Galileo satellites 15–18 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, into space, releasing the first pair 3 hours, 25 minutes after liftoff, while the second separated 20 minutes later. All four are at... read more

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Global and Chinese GPS industry analyzed in new report

December 1, 2016By

The new report, “Global and Chinese GPS Industry — 2016,” is an in-depth study on the current state of the global GPS industry with a focus on the Chinese market, offered by Research and Markets. The report provides key statistics on the market status of the GPS manufacturers and is a valuable source of guidance and direction for companies and individuals interested... read more

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Airbus Safran Launchers acquires stake in Arianespace held by CNES

December 1, 2016By

Airbus Safran Launchers and the CNES French space agency have announced that Airbus Safran Launchers is acquiring the stake in Arianespace held by CNES. Airbus Safran Launchers, a joint venture between Airbus Defence and Space and Safran, becomes the majority shareholder in Arianespace, with 74 percent of its share capital. The stakes held by the other shareholders, from the European... read more

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Lockheed completes COTS upgrade of ground control system

December 1, 2016By
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Lockheed Martin has completed a major upgrade to modernize the current ground control system of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS constellation. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project is the latest step in the Air Force’s multi-year plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy Operational Control Segment — known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) — into a modern, high-performance... read more

Which application will take off when Galileo does? You tell us.

December 1, 2016By

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Europe EGNOS technology sold to South Korea

November 30, 2016By
EGNOS is Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation. EGNOS broadcasts augmented information through a trio of geostationary satellites linked to a network of monitoring ground stations, to sharpen the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals across the continent.

News from the European Space Agency Technology developed as part of Europe’s satellite navigation-augmenting EGNOS system has been sold to South Korea to serve its national equivalent system. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with South Korea’s space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, to supply ground infrastructure for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) on behalf of the... read more

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The launch of 4 and declaration of Galileo operations

November 30, 2016By
Already above Earth’s atmosphere, Ariane’s aerodynamic fairing is jettisoned and the four Galileo satellites enter space for the first time. (Image: ESA)

“Now that we can rely on the powerful Ariane 5, we can anticipate the quicker completion of Galileo deployment, permitting the system to enter full operation,” said Paul Verhoef, ESA’s Director for the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, following the successful launch Nov. 17 of four satellites at once. Verhoef made the following further remarks to GPS World regarding Galileo’s future. The... read more

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New GNSS weather datasets available from TechDemoSat-1

November 29, 2016By
GNSS-R Data collections. The measured reflection tracks are shown in yellow over the Globe. A sequence of Delay Doppler Maps from one track is shown below — the spread of each is related to the sea surface roughness and surface wind speed.

New weather datasets, which could prove highly valuable for weather forecasting and for longer term climate monitoring, have just been made available from the Space GNSS Receiver-Remote Sensing Instrument (SGR-ReSI) instrument on board TechDemoSat-1, a small technology demonstration satellite launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in 2014. With support from the European Space Agency, SSTL and the National Oceanography... read more