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Innovation: Getting a Grip on Multi-GNSS

July 1, 2013By
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GPS is almost 40 years old. While mass consumer use of GPS began only within the past decade or so, GPS was "born" during the Labor Day weekend of 1973, when about a dozen military officers and industry analysts under the leadership of Brad Parkinson met to consolidate the concept for a single satellite-based navigation system for the U.S. Department of Defense. Their proposal for NAVSTAR GPS was approved on December 22, 1973. The first satellite to be launched under the GPS program, on July 14, 1974, was the Naval Research Laboratory’s Navigation Technology Satellite (NTS) 1. read more

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India Launches First Navigation Satellite

July 1, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The first satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) was successfully launched today. The launch of IRNSS-1A occurred on schedule at is scheduled for 18:13 UTC from the spaceport of Sriharikota. Liftoff from the first launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre occurred on schedule at 18:11 UTC. The 1,425-kg satellite was launched... read more

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The System: ESA Reveals New Breed of FOC Satellite

July 1, 2013By
Galileo FOC: These pictures give the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions. Credit: OHB

The European Space Agency (ESA) has released detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which cuurently performs under simulated space conditions at the ESTEC technical center in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The first Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite is functionally identical to the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites already in orbit, but has been built... read more

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Expert Advice: Little Tigers versus Wolves

July 1, 2013By
“B1 ICD was released while Regional System is officially operational, will affect domestic BDS receiver industry? Pros? Cons?”

By Greg Turetzky, Intel I recently attended the Fourth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC, held May 15–17 in Wuhan, China), as an invited speaker and panelist. I had attended the third CSNC last year in Guangzho, and as expected this year’s was a little bigger and a little better. The Chinese GNSS industry is growing quickly, as evidenced by the... read more

Out in Front: Uh-oh for Information

July 1, 2013By

Back around 1992, in the early days of the World Wide Web, a starry-eyed pundit trumpeted “The Internet will do for information what TV did for entertainment!” “Uh-oh for information,” riposted an editorial cartoonist at the time. To be sure, television since the 1950s has brought a few new high points of entertainment into homes around the world, as well... read more

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Three GLONASS Satellites to Be Launched July 2

July 1, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv GLONASS  satellites 48, 49, and 50 are expected to launch at 02:38 UTC on July 2. Live launch coverage will be provided by TsENKI, the Center (for Operation) of Ground-based Space Infrastructure, starting at 01:00 UTC. Also, launch updates are available here. Read more about the launch here. Here is a video of launch vehicle... read more

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India’s First Navigation Satellite to Lift Off Today

June 28, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Launch of the first satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) is scheduled for 18:13 UTC on July 1. Launch rehearsal has been completed successfully. The 64-hour countdown is expected to start at 7:11 (IST) tomorrow, June 29, and the launch will take place from the spaceport of Sriharikota. The 1,425 kg satellite... read more

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European Secured Navigation Arrives with Galileo PRS-only Positioning

June 28, 2013By

QinetiQ and Septentrio jointly announced today that a milestone in the Galileo European Navigation Satellite System’s development and deployment program has been achieved. On March 12, staff at the European Space Agency at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, achieved the first navigation solution using only the encrypted Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) signals broadcast by the four Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV)... read more

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