GNSS

Squeeze at the Launchpad for Galileo

March 31, 2014By

With the first two full-operational-capability (FOC) Galileo satellites successfully through their thermal-vacuum tests, the program’s next hurdle is securing a firm launch date in June aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket, operated from Europe’s spaceport on the northeast coast of South America. It will not be a walk in the park. Competing with the two Galileo FOC satellites for the... read more

More Airports Across Europe Add EGNOS Approaches

March 28, 2014By

Flight operators can now use EGNOS approach procedures at airports in the Czech Republic, Austria, Finland, and Tunisia, all part of a growing list of airports across Europe that have implemented localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) procedures. The European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), a Toulouse-based company which has the contract for EGNOS system operation and service provision, made this... read more

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Synergies between Europe’s Rail and SatNav Programs Can Make Rail Travel Affordable

March 28, 2014By

Cost-effective synergies between the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and satellite technologies such as Galileo can make rail transport more efficient and reliable, agreed European authorities in February at a Rail Forum Europe dinner in Brussels. But while the technology is now available, its implementation pace is still too slow due to the long term return on investment. Francesco... read more

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GPS CNAV Debate, and GNSS Interoperability Moves Forward

March 27, 2014By

The most modernized GPS satellites on orbit will broadcast a new civil navigation message (CNAV) on the L2C and L5 signals in April. That's the plan, at least. An update on the CNAV debate in the United States. Also, summaries of key presentations from the international committee charged with inter-GNSS compatibility and interoperability. read more

Downstream Dialog, Tests in Europe

March 26, 2014By

With Galileo services set to take effect in December, the two European entities charged with the program are engaging manufacturers — the European Space Agency (ESA) in consumer markets, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in the government security sector, respectively. “We put out an open call to satnav manufacturers offering testing with our laboratory facilities,” said the head of... read more

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Galileo Product Showcase

March 26, 2014By

System Design & Test Galileo Testbed Over the past few years, GATE has become well known for being a top-level Galileo test and development range worldwide. It is operated by IFEN GmbH under contract of the owner DLR (German Aerospace Center). The GATE testbed offers a wide range of possibilities for navigation test scenarios with realistic Galileo signals on three... read more

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General Dynamics Awarded $26M for GPS III Communications

March 25, 2014By
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General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded a $26 million contract from Lockheed Martin to support the U.S. Air Force GPS III  Network Communications Element (NCE). General Dynamics is already under contract with Lockheed Martin to produce the NCE for the first four GPS III space vehicles (SV01-SV04), as well as for the... read more

EGNOS Satellite Launched Successfully

March 25, 2014By

The satellite ASTRA 5B, which will become part of the European Commission’s European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), launched successfully after a one-day delay. It lifted off on March 22 aboard an Ariane 5 ECA rocket at 2204 GMT (6:04 p.m. EDT) from the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana. Officials from Arianespace, the French launch services company, declared the... read more