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GPS IIF-9 Launches Wednesday

March 23, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) is set to launch Wednesday at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT)  from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GPS IIF-9 will ride aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket, marking the 29th Delta IV launch and the 57th operational GPS satellite to launch on... read more

Air Force Working on Glitch for GPS IIF Satellites

March 23, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force is working to resolve a technical error that affected some Boeing GPS satellites, according to a report by Reuters. The error does not affect the accuracy of GPS signals. It involves the ground-based software used to index some messages transmitted by GPS IIF satellites built by Boeing, Air Force Space Command said according to Reuters. Still, officials are investigating other possible causes.... read more

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BeiDou Launch May Take Place This Month

March 19, 2015By
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News courtesy of the CANSPACE Listserv.   The first satellite in the BeiDou Phase 3 expansion could be launched by the end of March. Apparently, a BeiDou satellite has been shipped to the Xichang launch site, and tracking ships have left port for the open ocean. Also, a philatelic first-day cover for the launch (a common Chinese practice) has been issued with... read more

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CNAV Performance ‘Matches or Slightly Outperforms’ Legacy Signals

March 19, 2015By

A quarterly meeting of the U.S. GPS Program’s interagency Civil Navigation Signals (CNAV) Tiger Team on March 5 focused on the new L2C and L5 GPS civil signals. “CNAV Message Types 10, 11, 30 and 33 are currently transmitted on seven GPS IIR-M (L2C) and eight GPS IIF satellites (L2C and L5),” wrote Rick Hamilton, CGSIC Executive Secretariat, USCG Navigation Center, in a status email to the Civil Global Positioning System Service... read more

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Galileo at Your Service

March 19, 2015By

On the eve of the Galileo 7 and 8 launch, the European Space Agency has created a short video to explain the value of the satellite constellation to its citizens. With the Galileo System, Europe will provide a full range of services and applications across many different areas for Europe and beyond. read more

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EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office Launched

March 18, 2015By

The SAFIR (Satellite navigation services for AFrIcan Region) project has officially launched the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office, laying the first stone of its future office building in a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal. SAFIR is part of the Africa-EU long-term strategic partnership to enhance safety in air transport. Its global objective is to build capacity within African ACP countries for the future deployment... read more

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GPS IIF-9 Prepped for March 25 Launch

March 18, 2015By
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The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) has been encapsulated in the Delta IV rocket’s four-meter-diameter nose cone at a processing facility, and moved to the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 37 for mating to its booster inside the mobile service tower. Launch is scheduled for March 25 at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT) from Space Launch Complex... read more

Galileo 6 Signals Acquired

March 18, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. On March 17, some stations participating in the International GNSS Service Multi-GNSS Experiment acquired E1 and E5a signals from Galileo 6 (FOC-FM2, GSAT0202). The satellite is using pseudorandom noise code E14. The orbit of Galileo 6 was recently adjusted to make it more circular with a higher perigee after it was launched into an incorrect orbit... read more

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