GNSS

New Galileo Station Opens in Azores

April 1, 2014By
ESA's Santa Maria ground station is located on the ‘Montes das Flores’ (Hill of Flowers) on Santa Maria island in Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores. It includes a Galileo Sensor Station.

The latest addition to Galileo’s worldwide ground infrastructure has been made in the mid-Atlantic, on Portugal’s Santa Maria island in the Azores. This new Galileo Sensor Station joins a far-flung network of stations monitoring signal quality, clock timings and positioning of the Galileo satellites orbiting Earth. Its formal opening ceremony on March 26 was presided over by the Azores’ Regional... read more

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GNSS Future Glimpsed at Summit in Munich

March 31, 2014By

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit annually gathers people involved with GNSS from around the world to report on current status and progress of the multiple systems. It is a high-level briefing of significant global importance. Of course Europe, Germany, Bavaria, and the European GNSS industry, now recognized around the world, all take the opportunity to present their capabilities and successes.... read more

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EGNOS, European Superiority, and the Need to Get ‘Very, Very Busy’

March 31, 2014By

The European GNSS scene received an early Easter present with the successful launch of two new-generation transponders for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). The two geostationary transponders, GEO-2, rose on board the SES ASTRA 5B satellite from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana, on March 22 via an Ariane 5 lifter. The... read more

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

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