Aviation & Space

Update: GPS IIF-4 Successfully Launched from Cape Canaveral

May 24, 2013By
Centaur upper stage with the payload still attached. Photo credit: Andy Smith

UPDATE, May 24, by Richard Langley: The Centaur upper stage with the payload still attached was photographed from Tavistock, Devon, in the U.K. by Andy Smith. As can be seen from the ground trace figure in an earlier GPS World news item, the Centaur passed over the U.K. following MECO1, the first main engine cutoff. From Europe, the Centaur could... read more

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Beidou to Ensure Information Security

May 24, 2013By

The chief designer of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System said China will advocate the use of the system, which will be compatible with new devices, “so that Beidou can function properly and independently even if something goes wrong with the GPS.” Sun Jiadong, chief designer of BDS and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, made his comments in... read more

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Accord’s NexNav GPS Receiver Supports Freeflight with FAA’s Capstone Retrofit Project

May 22, 2013By

Accord Technology’s NexNav GPS receiver will be supporting FreeFlight Systems with its recently awarded FAA Capstone Retrofit Project. In March 2013, FreeFlight and Accord announced their collaboration to develop practical and cost-effective ARINC 429 WAAS GPS solutions that enable aircraft operators to meet ADS-B, RNP (0.3) and other performance-based navigation mandates, worldwide. The NexNav Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) will integrate... read more

Test Results from Real-Time CORS Streaming, Space Weather and NDGPS

May 16, 2013By
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Being a person who enjoys spending time in the field using RTK and DGPS, I followed up on my column last month, “Sources of Public, Real-time, High-Precision Corrections,” with a trip to the field to test the NGS CORS Streaming service. About a month ago, I made a trip to Colorado to attend the Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, stop... read more

Maiden EGNOS Flight Trials Prove Successful in Eastern Europe

May 13, 2013By
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Maiden flight trials have been successfully conducted in Moldova using GMV’s magicSBAS solution. These trials form part of a GMV-led European Commission FP7 collaboration project. In 2011 the European GNSS Agency (GSA) awarded GMV the EEGS2 project (EGNOS Extension to Eastern Europe). The main objective of the project is to demonstrate through flight trials the benefits of the European Geostationary Navigation... read more

GPS Block IIF-4 Launch Set for Today

May 7, 2013By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listerv. Update: The launch window for the liftoff has been adjusted slightly to  21:38-21:56 UTC. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas 5 rocket’s rollout to the pad  took place Tuesday. Weather forecasters have predicted an 80 percent chance of favorable conditions for launch. Updates on the mission and live video coverage of the launch is available.... read more

Galileo Now Tells UTC Time

April 25, 2013By
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Europe’s four Galileo satellites are now working as clocks accurate to a few billionths of a second, disseminating the exact time through their signals expressed as the UTC Universal Coordinated Time global standard, reports the European Space Agency. “A billionth of a second equals a nanosecond, a time interval far beyond our own human capacity of appreciation,” explains Marco Falcone,... read more

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Riegl and Applanix Take Flight on UAV

April 18, 2013By
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Riegl Laser Measurement Systems and Applanix Corporation announced today that the Applanix AP50 GNSS-inertial sensor system was successfully integrated with Riegl’s VQ-820-GU topo-bathymetric airborne laser scanner on board the Schiebel Camcopter S-100 UAV. The Riegl VQ-820-GU is specifically designed to survey sea beds and the grounds of rivers or lakes, and is well suited for combined land and hydrographic airborne... read more