GPS Modernization

GIOVE-A Uses GPS Side Lobe Signals for Far-Out Space Navigation

April 12, 2013By
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The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) retired GIOVE-A navigation mission has become the first civilian satellite to perform GPS position fixes from high orbit. Its results demonstrate that current satnav signals could guide missions much further away in space, up to geostationary orbit or even as far as the Moon. GIOVE-A has been able to fix its position, velocity and time... read more

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Lockheed Martin Team Completes Delta Preliminary Design for Next GPS III Satellite Capabilities

April 11, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review (dPDR) for the next Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times... read more

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ESA Telecom and Navigation Vehicle Ready for Test Driving

April 11, 2013By
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The radio spectrum is about to get even busier, as Europe’s Galileo satnav system starts services, at the same time the European Space Agency (ESA) tests novel satellite-based telecommunication services. Supporting these developments from the ground, ESA’s new custom-built Telecommunications and Navigation Testbed Vehicle will measure the resulting signals from all over Europe. Adapted from a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van,... read more

IGS Launches Real-Time Service

April 2, 2013By

The International GNSS Service (IGS), a worldwide federation of agencies involved in high-­precision Global Navigation Satellite System applications, has announced the launch of its Real-­Time Service (RTS). The RTS is a global-scale GNSS orbit and clock correction service that enables real‐time precise point positioning (PPP) and related applications requiring access to IGS low latency products. The RTS is offered in... read more

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U.S. Air Force to Test CNAV on GPS L2C and L5 Signals

March 21, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. U.S. Air Force Space Command has issued a notice that CNAV capabilities on the GPS L2C and L5 signals will be tested in June. No GPS satellite outages are planned. Below is the official notice. Notice of Test A Notice by the Air Force Department on 03/20/2013 Action: GPS Test Notice. Summary: The purpose of... read more

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Brad Parkinson to Discuss GPS at Smithsonian Event

March 19, 2013By
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Dr. Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University will discuss “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21. The 8 p.m. ET lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,  follows a 7:15 p.m. viewing of the Imax film Space Junk 3D and commentary on the... read more

Upcoming GNSS Satellite Launches Scheduled

March 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Satellites expected to be launched in support of various Global Navigation Satellite Systems are the following: GPS May 15: Block IIF-4, SVN66, launch window: 17:39-17:58 UTC November: Block IIF-5 GLONASS April 26: Single GLONASS-M or -K satellite from Plesetsk June 28: Three GLONASS-M satellites from Baikonur Galileo October: FOC-1 launch (two satellites) Indian Regional Navigation... read more

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SNV49 Off the Air?

March 16, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. It appears that GPS SVN49, the Block IIR-M satellite with the problematic L5 test transmitter and operating most recently as PRN27, stopped transmitting standard L-band signals on March 13. No International GNSS Service tracking station has observed the satellite since that date. The satellite was being used for tests, was set unhealthy, and had not... read more

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