Aviation & Space

Galileo Satellites Encapsulated for Launch

August 19, 2014By
The medium-lift workhorse has been raised into a vertical orientation as the mobile gantry – which provides protection during the “upper composite’s” integration – is moved into position.

Europe’s latest Galileo satellites have been sealed within their launch fairing, atop the Fregat upper stage that will carry them into their final orbit on August 21, ushering in the system deployment phase and paving the way for the start of initial services. Galileo SATs 5-6 are scheduled to lift off at 12:31 GMT from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on top... read more

Galileo Towards the Future

August 15, 2014By

The special significance of next Thursday’s launch for the Galileo system as a whole is highlighted in a new video by the European Space Agency, with an interview with Didier Faivre, Galileo Program director. On August 21, ESA will launch two more Galileo satellites on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellites mark the beginning of a new... read more

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Business Aviation Agrees to Promote EGNOS Use at European Airports

July 17, 2014By
Bern-Belp, Switzerland, is one European airport with published LPV procedures. (Photo: Lszb29, via Wikimedia Commons)

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to promote the wide use of EGNOS — precision-based navigation (PBN) — at regional airports in Europe, following discussions at the European Space Solutions Conference in Prague in June. Maintaining all-weather access at secondary and tertiary airports is becoming more and more important for the... read more

Chemring Develops Miniaturized GPS/Galileo Anti-Jamming Technology

July 14, 2014By
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Chemring Technology Solutions has developed miniaturized GPS anti-jamming technology it has dubbed GINCAN. GINCAN is designed to combat illegal GPS jammers and is based on the adaptive antenna concept used by military systems. GINCAN has a chip footprint of six millimeters squared. GINCAN’s reduced size and weight will significantly cut power usage and cost, the company said, making it ideal for combatting the... read more

Boeing, Northrop Grumman Enter GPS III Bid

July 8, 2014By

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have responded to a U.S. Air Force call for contractors interested in building a follow-on set of GPS III satellites, according to a report in Space News. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the first eight GPS III satellites, but the award for up to 22 further IIIs remains open. Difficulties with the payload for... read more

Occupy Media Space Now EGNOS and Galileo Mission

June 29, 2014By

By Peter de Selding The message to the recent European Space Solutions conference in Prague was simple enough: EGNOS is here, so let’s use it; Galileo is almost here, so let’s promote it. Neither task is straightforward. Take the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the European piece of a near-global network of terminals on geostationary satellites linked to networks... read more

ACR Electronics Launches New Locator for Aviation

June 13, 2014By
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A new emergency locator transmitter for aviation has received Cospas-Sarsat and FAA approvals and is now available for sale. The ELT 1000 by ACR Electronics, Inc., is designed with multiple installation configurations to reduce overall installation cost, the company said. The electronics maximize frequency stability and power while incorporating a new, built-in GPS navigational interface, the company said. Including GPS... read more

Raytheon’s VIIRS View App Provides World Weather to Mobile Users

May 21, 2014By
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Available for iPhone, iPad and Android, VIIRS View provides mobile device users a look into the type of data meteorologists and climatologists use every day to track the weather and monitor Earth’s environment. Based on data generated by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite aboard Suomi NPP, VIIRS View combines visible light imagery, low-light nighttime imagery and ocean chlorophyll concentration... read more