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Update on EGNOS and GAGAN SBAS Satellites

August 2, 2012By

The EGNOS SES-5 geostationary satellite launched July 9 has arrived at its orbital sot. Meanwhile, India's GAGAN satellite GSAT-10 arrives at its spaceport for launch. read more

Out in Front: Live Free or Die Hard

August 1, 2012By

The 2007 action film of that name concerns a domestic criminal plot, disguised as a terrorist attack upon U.S. infrastructure: an Internet-based hack into Federal Bureau of Investigation computers, the transportation infrastructure, the stock market, national video broadcast channels, the utility power grid, the National Security Agency, and the Department of Defense nerve center. One of the film’s two heroes recognizes this as a fire sale, an attack upon the nation’s computer controls, an attack in which “everything must go.” read more

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Second Russian SBAS Satellite Prepared for Launch

August 1, 2012By

Luch-5B, the second of a set of three geostationary satellites being launched to reactivate Roscosmos's Luch Multifunctional Space Relay System, has been delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It arrived together with the Yamal-300K satellite in a single shipping container aboard an Antanov An-124-100 Ruslan flight from Krasnoyarsk. read more

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Second Russian SBAS Satellite Prepared for Launch

August 1, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Luch-5B, the second of a set of three geostationary satellites being launched to reactivate Roscosmos’s Luch Multifunctional Space Relay System, has been delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It arrived together with the Yamal-300K satellite in a single shipping container aboard an Antanov An-124-100 Ruslan flight from Krasnoyarsk. This marked the first time that Information Satellite... read more

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The System: Fly the Pilotless Skies: UAS and UAV

August 1, 2012By
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   Unmanned aerial vehicles and civil aircraft may co-habit the airspace after September 2015.  As the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moves ahead with plans for unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (UAS/UAV) to have regular access to U.S. airspace by 2015, it has encountered several barriers. For UAVs to be treated like manned aircraft, their systems likley need to be qualified... read more

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First Positioning Results Using Galileo Announced

July 17, 2012By

A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. The two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites launched in October 2011 joined the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element (GIOVE) satellites launched in 2005 and 2008, forming a mini-constellation. For a few hours on certain days, signals from all... read more

Mission Accomplished for Galileo’s Pathfinder GIOVE-A

July 3, 2012By

Artist’s impression of GIOVE-A in orbit. (Photo by ESA – P. Carril) With the initial satellites of the Galileo constellation working well in orbit, it has been decided to end the mission of ESA’s pioneering GIOVE-A navigation satellite, reports the European Space Agency. Launched on December 28, 2005, this first experimental satellite performed the vital task of securing the radio... read more

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The System: British Patent Filings Threaten GPS III and Galileo Progress

July 1, 2012By

Two British technologists backed by the U.K. Ministry of Defense have filed patents on the future interoperable GPS and Galileo signal designs that severely disrupt modernization plans for both systems and suddenly, unexpectedly place receiver manufacturers in a highly uncertain and unfavorable situation. Some of the patents have been granted in the U.K. and in Europe, and applications are pending... read more

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