GNSS

Directions 2015: What It Takes to Make a Gold Standard

December 1, 2014By
GPS-directions-Cooley

Last year in my “Directions” article, I emphasized the commitment made by the U.S. government to ensure GPS signals are available to all users, and I shared some of our excitement in the GPS Directorate regarding the modernized capabilities we are developing and fielding. This year I’d like to share with you progress we’ve made in the past 12 months, provide an update on the modernization initiatives, and challenge civil users and receiver companies to innovate and accelerate these modernized capabilities for users worldwide. read more

First Navigation Signal from Galileo 5 Received

December 1, 2014By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The first navigation signal transmission from the fifth Galileo satellite, one of two Full Operational Capability satellites launched into wrong orbits on August 22, was received today. Stations of the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation (CONGO) and the International GNSS Service Multi-GNSS Experiment (MGEX) network tracked an E1 signal with a PRN code of E18... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Galileo, GNSS News, Latest News

GLONASS-K1 Satellite Launched Nov. 30

December 1, 2014By
GLONASS-K1-launch-rocket-O

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The second of two GLONASS-K1 satellites was launched from the snowy Plesetsk Cosmodrome on November 30 at 21:52 UTC. It joins the first GLONASS-K1 satellite launched on February 26, 2011. According to the Roscosmos Information-Analytical Centre, the satellite, with serial number 12, is to be known by its in-orbit name of GLONASS 702. It is... read more

Orbit of One Wayward Galileo Satellite Raised

December 1, 2014By
Galileo-orbit-adjustment-O

The orbit of one of the two Galileo satellites launched into incorrect orbits on August 22 is being adjusted. Tracking data supplied by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has confirmed the change. Also, the first navigation signal from Galileo 5 has been received. The satellites were supposed to go into... read more

GNSS System Mandates Would Violate International Trade Agreements

November 26, 2014By
global-deal

A U.S. government representative stated at an international satnav forum that mandating use of specific GNSS services for applications such as air-traffic control, freight shipments, emergency calling, and road tolling could violate the terms of World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements that many nations, including all six GNSS providers, have signed. Regional mandates already exist for Glonass in Russia and Beidou... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Galileo, GNSS, GNSS Opinions, Newsletter Editorials, Opinions

The Fashion Demands of Always-On

November 25, 2014By
fashion-wearables-O2

As location penetrates smaller and smaller devices that lack memory and computation power, GNSS chips must reacquire the standalone capability that they shed when first going to small form factors such as phones. A new chip with a new architecture demonstrates navigation and tracking and avoids burdening its main processor with heavy software. read more

U.S. Alerts EU Against Giving Galileo Preferential Treatment

November 24, 2014By

Space News is reporting that the U.S. government has alerted the European Union that any preferential treatment the EU gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network will likely violate World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements signed by the United States and the 28-nation EU. According to a report by Peter B. de Selding, U.S. government officials voiced concerns that the EU... read more

This article is tagged with and posted in Galileo, GNSS, GNSS News, Government, Government News, Latest News

How U.S. Air Force 19 SOPS Puts GPS Satellites in Orbit

November 21, 2014By
141029-F-WR604-005

It's been a busy year for members of the 19th Space Operations Squadron. As operators of the GPS launch and early orbit, anomaly-resolution and disposal system, 19 SOPS members executed a historically high number of satellite launches (four), and disposed of a legacy GPS vehicle, all within the past 10 months. read more