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GPS III Payload Arrives, Platform Acceptance Tests Next

September 22, 2014By

Enter GPS III. The long-awaited navigation payload for the next-generation satellite pulled into its new temporary home over the September 13 weekend, the Lockheed Martin Space Systems facility in Littleton, Colorado. Lockheed is the U.S. Air Force’s  prime contractor for the first batch of eight GPS III satellites. Exelis Geospatial Systems has committed to delivering the payloads for the second,... read more

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Seventh GPS-IIF Satellite Set to Healthy and Usable

September 22, 2014By

The seventh GPS-IIF satellite, SVN-68/PRN-09, launched on August 2, was set to healthy and usable Sunday night, according to Rick Hamilton, CGSIC executive secretariat of the USCG Navigation Center. The change brings the number of satellites transmitting the L2C signal to 13, and those transmitting the L5 signal to seven. The next GPS-IIF satellite, IIF-8/SVN-69, is tentatively scheduled for launch on October  29. Below... read more

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Talks on Placing GLONASS Stations in the U.S. Not Renewed

September 19, 2014By

RIA Novosti is reporting that negotiations regarding the placement of a differential correction and monitoring GLONASS station in the United States have not yet been renewed. The news agency quotes remarks by Grigory Stupak, first deputy general designer of Russian space systems, during the Fourth International School on Satellite Navigation. In all, 40-50 GLONASS stations are planned for placement around the world, Stupak... read more

Langley’s Student Wins ION Parkinson Award

September 18, 2014By
Ph.D. student Simon Banville and Prof. Richard Langley.

Simon Banville, a Ph.D. geodesy and geomatics engineering student at the University of New Brunswick, was awarded this year’s Institute of Navigation Bradford W. Parkinson Award. The $2,500 honorarium and plaque was presented recently during The Institute of Navigation’s GNSS+ meeting in Tampa, Florida. The Parkinson Award recognizes an outstanding graduate student in the field of global navigation satellite systems,... read more

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ESA Releases Diagrams Showing Galileo 5 and 6 Orbit

September 16, 2014By
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The fifth and sixth Galileo satellites have been in a safe state since August 28, under control from ESA’s center in Darmstadt, Germany, despite having been released on August 22 into lower and elliptical orbits instead of the expected circular orbits. The European Space Agency has released two diagrams showing the orbits. ESA said that the potential of exploiting the... read more

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Regional Event in Jordan to Focus on Road, Freight with EGNOS

September 15, 2014By

On October 21, Jordan will host a Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EUROMED) regional event focused on the use of GNSS, particularly European GNSS, for freight and road transport. The Euromed GNSS II/MEDUSA meeting will be held in Amman, Jordan, at the Sheraton Al Nabil Hotel. Organized by the Euromed GNSS II/MEDUSA project, under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport of Jordan, the event will aim to share experiences... read more

Rockwell Tracks Galileo Signal with Secure Software Receiver

September 15, 2014By

Rockwell Collins has successfully received and tracked a Galileo satellite signal using a prototype GNSS receiver designed for secure military use. In 2013, Rockwell Collins received a $2 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the GPS Directorate to develop and demonstrate a Secure Software Defined Radio (S-SDR) GNSS receiver capability. By using multiple available satellite signals, improved and more... read more

InnovateUK Makes Available £1.3M for Space and Satnav Tech

September 15, 2014By

Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) plan to jointly invest up to £1.3 million to establish new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships in or related to the space sector to help United Kingdom companies to grow in the expanding global space market. Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are Europe’s leading program to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity... read more

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