GPS Modernization

Col. Bernard Gruber, GPS Directorate: Farewell Perspective on GPS Program

June 12, 2013By

I first met just-pinned-on, shiny and bright, Captain Bernard Gruber-USAF in 1992. Bernie had just arrived at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California where he would hold several important positions. For those readers not aware of the mission and importance of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), today SMC, which began... read more

Air Force Video Explains GPS Role in Daily Life

June 5, 2013By
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All of us in the GPS industry know someone who only thinks of GPS as a feature of their smartphone. You might direct them to a new YouTube video presented by the U.S. Air Force, which summarizes the worldwide role of GPS. It also touches on the GPS modernization program and new signals. The seven-minute video explains in simple terms... read more

Lockheed Martin Completes Functional Testing of GPS III Electronic Systems

June 5, 2013By
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A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has completed successful functional integration tests of the spacecraft bus and network communications equipment on the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. The recent testing of GPS III space vehicle 1 (SV 1) bus — the portion of the space vehicle that carries mission payloads and hosts them... read more

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The System: Galileo Leaves the Building

June 1, 2013By
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In the early hours of May 15, Galileo’s first full operational capability (FOC) satellite left manufacturer OHB System AG’s integration hall in Bremen, Germany, after successfully completing integration and system testing. Later that same day, it arrived by road at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) technical center at Noordwijk in the Netherlands for a rigorous set of tests to check... read more

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Update: GPS IIF-4 Successfully Launched from Cape Canaveral

May 24, 2013By
Centaur upper stage with the payload still attached. Photo credit: Andy Smith

UPDATE, May 24, by Richard Langley: The Centaur upper stage with the payload still attached was photographed from Tavistock, Devon, in the U.K. by Andy Smith. As can be seen from the ground trace figure in an earlier GPS World news item, the Centaur passed over the U.K. following MECO1, the first main engine cutoff. From Europe, the Centaur could... read more

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GPS Block IIF-4 Launch Set for Today

May 7, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listerv. Update: The launch window for the liftoff has been adjusted slightly to  21:38-21:56 UTC. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket’s rollout to the pad  took place Tuesday. Weather forecasters have predicted an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch. Updates on the mission and live video coverage of the launch is available.... read more

Out in Front: The System, Simulated

May 1, 2013By

Wealth, breadth, and depth. That’s what this issue brings you, in signal simulation- and testing-related content. Unfortunately, the wealth on offer has to large extent elbowed out our two news sections, The Business and The System. The former is given short shrift in this issue and the latter even shorter herewith, in pithy precis with website shortcuts. And our apologies.... read more

Pacific PNT: GNSS, SBAS Updates

April 24, 2013By

The status of world GNSS, and augmentation systems in the Pacific region, highlighted the policy session of the Institute of Navigtion Pacific PNT Conference being held this week in Honolulu, Hawaii. Here are a few highlights: BeiDou. Construction of the second phase of BeiDou has been completed; further launches for the third phase – constellation completion – are on hold... read more

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