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BeiDou Ground System Approved

March 25, 2013By

A ground system aimed at enhancing the navigation precision of China’s homegrown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) was approved in central China’s Hubei Province on Friday, according to NZWeek. The BeiDou Ground Base Enhancement System (BGBES) is a network consisting of 30 ground base stations, an operating system and a precision positioning system. It was approved by the evaluation committee... read more

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U.S. Air Force to Test CNAV on GPS L2C and L5 Signals

March 21, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. U.S. Air Force Space Command has issued a notice that CNAV capabilities on the GPS L2C and L5 signals will be tested in June. No GPS satellite outages are planned. Below is the official notice. Notice of Test A Notice by the Air Force Department on 03/20/2013 Action: GPS Test Notice. Summary: The purpose of... read more

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Brad Parkinson to Discuss GPS at Smithsonian Event

March 19, 2013By
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Dr. Bradford W. Parkinson, professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics Emeritus at Stanford University will discuss “GPS for Humanity — The Stealth Utility” at a special Smithsonian event Thursday, March 21. The 8 p.m. ET lecture at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.,  follows a 7:15 p.m. viewing of the Imax film Space Junk 3D and commentary on the... read more

Upcoming GNSS Satellite Launches Scheduled

March 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Satellites expected to be launched in support of various Global Navigation Satellite Systems are the following: GPS May 15: Block IIF-4, SVN66, launch window: 17:39-17:58 UTC November: Block IIF-5 GLONASS April 26: Single GLONASS-M or -K satellite from Plesetsk June 28: Three GLONASS-M satellites from Baikonur Galileo October: FOC-1 launch (two satellites) Indian Regional Navigation... read more

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SNV49 Off the Air?

March 16, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. It appears that GPS SVN49, the Block IIR-M satellite with the problematic L5 test transmitter and operating most recently as PRN27, stopped transmitting standard L-band signals on March 13. No International GNSS Service tracking station has observed the satellite since that date. The satellite was being used for tests, was set unhealthy, and had not... read more

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PLAN Group Tracks Galileo Satellites for Positioning in Canada

March 15, 2013By

by James T. Curran, Mark Petovello, and Gérard Lachapelle Within a day of their initial activation over central Europe on March 12, Galileo satellites were visible over North America. The PLAN Group of the University of Calgary was successful in capturing and processing the signals from these satellites as they emerged. Galileo PRN 11, 12, and 19 were found and... read more

Septentrio Makes Galileo and Four-Constellation Position Fixes

March 14, 2013By
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Septentrio became the first receiver manufacturer to report an autonomous real-time position calculation using Galileo IOV satellites, with its own standard commercial receiver. The company based in Leuven, Belgium announced on March 12 that it performed a first autonomous real-time Galileo position, velocity, and timing (PVT) calculation, based on live Interface Control Document (ICD)-compliant Galileo messages from the four Galileo... read more

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Star Sensor for GLONASS Satellites to Undergo Testing

March 13, 2013By

RIA Novosti is reporting that German firm Jena-Optronik GmbH has delivered an advanced star sensor to Russia’s Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems company (ISS), which will test and integrate it on a GLONASS navigation satellite, Reshetnev said on Wednesday. The Astro APS sensor is part of the satellite’s altitude and orbit control system. It will help ensure that the GLONASS satellites... read more

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