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The Halloween Storms: When Solar Events Spooked the Skies

October 30, 2013By
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Ten years ago, scientists watching the skies experienced a Halloween fright of cosmic proportions, when space weather degraded GPS signals, affecting land and ocean surveys, and commercial and military aircraft navigation. The most extreme of what became known as the Halloween Storms hit on October 30, 2003 — ten years ago today. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency,... read more

Real-Time GNSS Activities at ESA

October 28, 2013By
The ESA Navigation Office.

The European Space Operations Centre has taken on the roles of real-time analysis center, data provider, and analysis-center coordinator for the International GNSS Service’s Real-Time Service, providing a number of products combining data streams from multiple sources. read more

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GPS IIF-5 Launch Delayed

October 22, 2013By

The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A fuel leak in that engine of the Delta 4 rocket during a GPS launch in October of last year created some worries... read more

Orolia to Supply Atomic Clocks for Galileo Satellites

October 17, 2013By
Passive hydrogen maser.

Orolia has finalized the contracts to supply Rubidium atomic clocks (Rubidium Atomic Frequency Standard, RAFS) and passive hydrogen masers to equip eight satellites for Galileo’s Full Operational Capability Phase II program. The two new contracts, totaling 14.5 million euros, follows the authorization to proceed received in June 2012 for the manufacture of these two types of high-precision clocks. Oriola brands... read more

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European Ground Stations Enable Galileo Search and Rescue Training

October 8, 2013By
Svalbard station on Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic.

The European Space Agency’s completion of a pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe has enabled Galileo satellites in orbit to participate in global testing of the Cospas–Sarsat search and rescue system.The Maspalomas station, at the southern end of the largest island of the Canary Islands, at the southern fringe of European waters, was activated in June. And... read more

International Colloquium Focuses on Galileo Fundamentals

October 4, 2013By
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The Fourth International Colloquium – Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme will be held December 4-6, 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic. This colloquium intends to bring together leading members of the European scientific community and their international partners. One of its aims is to propose those in charge of Galileo operations and development means of enhancing the scientific... read more

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The System: Ground Control Readied for GPS III

October 1, 2013By
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Raytheon Company reached several milestones recently in its development of the GPS Next -Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) — a full-sized, functional satellite prototype currently residing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station — successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with OCX during pre-flight tests. GNST proved that it could connect with... read more

Innovation: Getting Closer to Everywhere

October 1, 2013By
FIGURE 1. Functional flow diagrams for a strapdown inertial navigation system (top) and a pedestrian dead-reckoning system (bottom).

Accurately Tracking Smartphones Indoors
If we wish to obtain consistently usable positions indoors using a mobile phone, we can augment its GPS or GNSS receiver with other unfettered sensing technologies such as gyroscopes and accelerometers supplemented by radio signals of opportunity. But is all of this actually feasible? The authors have conducted tests of a multi-system approach to positioning indoors with favorable results. read more

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