GNSS

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

Dutch Company Powers Galileo Satellites

March 24, 2014By
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By the European Space Agency As they bathe the ground below them in test navigation messages, Europe’s Galileo satellites are kept alive by the Sun. A pair of 5 m-long solar arrays supply 1.9 kilowatts of power – about the same as an average household’s consumption. These arrays are sourced from the Dutch Space company in the Netherlands. Located just outside... read more

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Russia Launches another GLONASS-M Satellite

March 24, 2014By

Russia has launched another GLONASS-M satellite into space, reports Spaceflight Now. The launch occurred on Sunday. The Soyuz 2-1b rocket lifted off at 22:54 GMT (6:54 p.m. EDT) from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome about 500 miles north of Moscow. The GLONASS-M satellite, designated No. 54, was manufactured by ISS Reshetnev and is designed for a seven-year operational life. A spokesperson with... read more

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Interoperability Working Group Issues November Meeting Report

March 24, 2014By

The report of Working Group A on Compatibility and Interoperability, held November 11-13, 2013, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is now available as a downloadable PDF. It is also available on the ICG Information Portal. read more

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