Design & Test

Third, Fourth Galileo FOC Satellites Confirmed Fit for Soyuz Launch

February 17, 2015By
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The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed “fit” for their Arianespace Soyuz launch March 27, having made initial contact with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana, according to Arianespace. The fit check was completed over a two-day period inside the Spaceport’s S1A payload preparation building. The two satellites were installed separately, with the... read more

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DoT Hosts Third Workshop on GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility

February 13, 2015By

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host a third workshop to continue discussions of the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment on March 12. The workshop will focus on the following topics: Identification of GPS and GNSS receivers to be considered for testing that are representative of the current categories of user applications Discussion of a GPS/GNSS receiver test plan. Anyone... read more

GATE Facility Recertified as Galileo Test Bed

February 11, 2015By

The German Galileo test and development infrastructure GATE has been recertified to serve as a Galileo open‐air test laboratory, for receiver integrity testing (RAIM) for safety‐of‐life (SoL) applications, and for Galileo SIS ICD conformance of signal characteristics and signal quality. The GATE facility, in Berchtesgaden, is operated by IFEN GmbH. Certification was conducted by TÜV SÜD, an international service corporation... read more

Russia, China Sign Satellite Navigation Agreement

February 10, 2015By

Russia and China have signed a cooperation agreement on satellite navigation, a Russian Space Agency spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov met with Xu Dazhe, the leader of China’s National Space Administration, on an official visit in Beijing. “The first provision to set up a committee and a protocol were signed during the first working session. Igor Komarov and Xu Dazhe discussed... read more

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Raytheon GPS Ground Program Passes Review

February 9, 2015By

The ground control system (OCX) that Raytheon is developing for the next-generation GPS program has passed a Pentagon review, reports Reuters. The program will be monitored to ensure it stays on track, a senior Air Force official said on Feb. 6 as reported by the news service. Major General Roger Teague, director of space programs for the Air Force acquisition chief, said a review... read more

Delta Rocket Moves to Launchpad for March GPS Launch

February 9, 2015By

The Delta 4 rocket that will launch the next GPS satellite has been rolled out to the launch pad, reports Spaceflight Now. The satellite itself, GPS IIF-9, will be attached to the rocket in March. The United Launch Alliance vehicle is scheduled for launch March 25. The launch will be the 371st Delta rocket since 1960 and the 29th Delta 4 since 2002.... read more

BeiDou Precision Nav Will Receive GPS, GLONASS, Galileo Signals

February 9, 2015By

A senior Chinese government space official on Feb. 5 said precision-navigation user receivers in China will be fitted with chipsets receiving satellite signals from BeiDou, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, according to Space News. The move could accelerate the trend among navigation chipset and receiver makers to build gear for multi-constellation reception, and at the same time undermine regional measures to promote one system over... read more

Judge Rules Against LightSquared in Claims Against GPS Firms

February 9, 2015By

A U.S. judge dismissed the bulk of two lawsuits by LightSquared and equity owner Harbinger Capital Partners, reports Reuters. The suits accused Trimble, Garmin and Deere & Co. of misleading them about interference concerns and hastening the company’s fall into bankruptcy. In an opinion issued Feb. 5 in Manhattan federal court, Judge Richard Berman threw out Harbinger’s lawsuit, and denied nine of... read more