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Out in Front: If We Only Know Then What We Don’t Know Now

December 1, 2012By

Some of you have been asking questions, and while it is generally our business to provide answers, in this case I simply show these questions back to you, for instructive purposes. They come from the 2012 State of the Industry Survey, reported in the September issue. In that survey, we posed one question whose results were not reflected in that... read more

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Retired GIOVE-A Helps SSTL Demo High-Altitude GPS Fix

November 30, 2012By
Galileo's GIOVE-A retired in June 2012

An experimental GPS receiver, built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), has successfully achieved a GPS position fix at 23,300 kilometers altitude – the first position fix above the GPS constellation on a civilian satellite. The SGR-GEO receiver is collecting data that could help SSTL to develop a receiver to navigate spacecraft in geostationary orbit (GEO) or even in deep... read more

BeiDou-2/Compass G3 Satellite Moved

November 28, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listerv. The BeiDou-2/Compass geostationary satellite, G3, was moved between about November 7 and 22 from an orbital longitude of  84 degrees east to 110.5 degrees east. The 110.5 degree east longitude slot had been previously used by BeiDou 1C, one of the demonstration or BeiDou-1 satellites, which was initially shifted to about 85 degrees east between... read more

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Getting to Z: Indoor Positioning with GPS

November 28, 2012By

By Alan Cameron In this column, I normally write about satellites, signals, and space (as in outer), and the policies or controversies pertaining to those entities. This week we are headed indoors. Inner space, where GNSS has difficulties going, but must go, somehow, to prove itself commercially and governmentally. To do so, it needs powerful friends. The most rigorous indoor... read more

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Latest Galileo IOV Satellites on Orbit

November 19, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv The Galileo In-orbit Validation (IOV) satellites launched on October 12 (Flight Model 3 and 4), have now been positioned in their designated orbits, according to tracking data from the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center. A plot of the IOV constellation is now available. The four IOV satellites are in two orbital planes separated by about... read more

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Lockheed Martin Completes Environmental Test on GPS III Pathfinder

November 19, 2012By
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The Lockheed Martin team developing the U.S. Air Force’s next generation Global Positioning System III  satellites has completed thermal vacuum testing for the Navigation Payload Element (NPE) of the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST). The milestone is one of several environmental tests verifying the navigation payload’s quality of workmanship and increased performance compared to the current generation of satellites,... read more

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Designer of GLONASS Dismissed in Embezzlement Scandal

November 12, 2012By

General Designer of Russia’s GLONASS satellite navigation system Yuri Urlichich has been dismissed from his post in the wake of an embezzlement scandal, a spokesperson for RF Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of the military-industrial complex, told Itar-Tass. Urlichich still holds the position of Director General of Russian Space Systems (RSS), but is no longer the... read more

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European Navigation Conference Set for April in Vienna

November 5, 2012By
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The European Navigation Conference 2013 will be the 17th conference within the ENC series held under the auspices of the European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN). The conference will be hosted  by the Austrian Institute of Navigation (AIN) and will take place April 23-25, 2013, in Vienna, Austria. The conference venue is located at  the Austria Center Vienna next... read more

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