GNSS

Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin Contracts for Next Set of GPS III Satellites

February 26, 2013By
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The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin two fixed-price contracts totaling $120 million to procure long lead parts for the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth next-generation GPS III satellites. The GPS III program will replace aging GPS satellites while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver better accuracy... read more

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New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry

February 25, 2013By

A new group, the GPS Innovation Alliance, has formed and announced itself as the voice of the U.S. GPS industry and community of users, to “support the ever-increasing importance of GPS” in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.  The organization subsumes and replaces both the U.S. GPS Industry Council, an entity of longstanding, and the Coalition to Save Our GPS, which... read more

Galileo Lives to Fly Another Day; Budget Passed

February 25, 2013By

European Union leaders approved a scaled-down budget in early February, with none of the cuts to the Galileo program that had been widely feared. The project, conducted by the European Space Agency (ESA) under close supervision of the European Commission (EC),  will draw on funding of 6.3 billion euros (about $8.5 billion) from 2014 to 2020. The satellite navigation program... read more

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Build Your Own GPS IIF Satellite — with LEGOs

February 22, 2013By
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So, you thought GPS satellites were only built by government contractors with millions of dollars? Think again. A California company that specializes in LEGO kits of space vehicles is offering a GPS IIF satellite kit. The kit, which sells for $45, includes 142 LEGO Bricks, instructions, and a display stand. Once constructed, the model measures 21 1/4-inches from the tip... read more

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Spectracom Simulator Compatible with China’s Beidou System

February 20, 2013By

Spectracom has announced its upgrade capability to China’s global navigation satellite system, Beidou. The Spectracom GSG Series 5 and Series 6 GNSS signal simulators, released in 2012, are designed to be field upgradeable to simulate current and future GNSS constellations. GSG simulators are capable of outputting the frequencies, modulations and data formats of anticipated GNSS systems. The January release of... read more

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ESA’s Navigation Lab Helps Set Global Time

February 20, 2013By
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The European Space Agency (ESA) is helping to set the world’s time. Ultra-accurate atomic clocks of ESA’s Navigation Laboratory, which will be used to assess performance of the Galileo satnav system, have joined the global effort setting Coordinated Universal Time down to a billionth of a second. The replacement for Greenwich Mean Time, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the timing... read more

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First GLONASS Station Outside Russia Opens in Brazil

February 20, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The Moscow Times is reporting that the first overseas GLONASS ground station for differential correction and monitoring was launched in Brasilia, Brazil, on Tuesday, citing information from the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos). The station will become the first correction point in the Western Hemisphere and will significantly improve the accuracy of GLONASS navigation signals, the agency... read more

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GLONASS 743 Maneuvers toward New Position

February 13, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to tracking data from NORAD/JSpOC, GLONASS 743 experienced a delta-V maneuver on or about February 12 as it approached its new orbital position at Slot 8 in Plane 1. Note that GLONASS 743 is not currently in service but will likely rejoin the active constellation once the move is completed, replacing GLONASS 701K in... read more

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