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Next Galileo Satellites Arrive in French Guiana

May 12, 2014By
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The first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites arrived safely at a clean room in Kourou, French Guiana, at 20:00 on Wednesday, May 7, in preparation for launch this summer. Named “Doresa” and “Milena,” the two Galileo FOC satellites arrived at the Félix Éboué international airport in French Guiana at 02:00 local time. They spent the day in an... read more

Innovation: Reducing the Jitters

May 1, 2014By
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How a Chip-Scale Atomic Clock Can Help Mitigate Broadband Interference
Small low-power atomic clocks can enhance the performance of GPS receivers in a number of ways, including enhanced code-acquisition capability that precise long-term timing allows. And, it turns out, such clocks can effectively mitigate wideband radio frequency interference coming from GPS jammers. We learn how in this month’s column. read more

The System: GLONASS Fumbles Forward

May 1, 2014By
GLONASS PLOT from the Roscosmos GLONASS Information-Analytical Centre, showing the 12-hour outage, with full service eventually restored on April 2.

Two April Disruptions Furnish Fodder for Multi-GNSS Receivers and Alternative PNT In an unprecedented total disruption of a fully operational GNSS constellation, all satellites in the Russian GLONASS broadcast corrupt information for 11 hours, from just past midnight until noon Russian time (UTC+4) on April 2 (or 5 p.m. on April 1 to 4  a.m. April 2, U.S. Eastern time).... read more

GNSS Backup Delivers 5-Meter Accuracy

April 30, 2014By

The North Sea fairly boils with GNSS activity recently. Trials of the eLoran back-up for GNSS, Galileo maritime trials, Brad Parkinson’s Protect, Toughen, and Augment sermon at the European Navigation Conference in Rotterdam, and also at that conference, the dramatic release of news concerning an even newer Loran system, enhanced differential Loran, that not only backs up GNSS in the... read more

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ESA International Summer School Set for July

April 29, 2014By

The ESA Summer School is scheduled for July 21-31, at the Campus of the Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic. The school provides attendees with a comprehensive overview of satellite navigation, starting from the various GNSS, the signals, the processing of the observations in a receiver, and finally determining the position-navigation-time (PNT) solution. Lab work will be carried out to... read more

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DOD Announces Start of Civil Navigation Message Broadcasting

April 29, 2014By

The Department of Defense announced that U.S. Air Force Space Command will begin broadcasting Civil Navigation (CNAV) messages on all operational GPS satellites capable of transmitting the L2C and L5 signals. L2C and L5 are the first of several new civil capabilities being added to GPS as part of the GPS modernization program announced in 1999. The L2C signal is... read more

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Faulty Software Determined Cause of GLONASS Failures

April 25, 2014By

The two April failures in Russia’s GLONASS were caused by mathematical mistakes in software, according to Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Russian newspaper Ria Novosti reported on a press conference where Ostapenko said that programmers who had designed the satellites’ new software had made several mathematical mistakes, but the problem was not major and has practically... read more

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Galileo Maritime Tests Followed Route of Viking Ships

April 24, 2014By
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Results are being processed from the first Galileo maritime trials outside of mainland Europe. The long-range, high-latitude testing spanned the North Sea, following the same historical sailing route that Viking dragon-ships used 1200 years ago. Ancient manuscripts record Viking navigators relied on “sunstones” to find their way — archaeologists believe these may have been polarizing crystals to pinpoint the Sun... read more