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Arianespace ready to roll out 4-satellite launcher for Galileo

November 14, 2016By
The protective fairing is lowered onto the four Galileo satellites and their dispenser resting atop an Ariane 5 launcher. The fairing was placed on Nov. 3. (Photo: ESA)

Arianespace has entered the final phase of preparations for its next Ariane 5 launch — the company’s first heavy-lift mission to orbit satellites for Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation. During activity in the Spaceport’s Final Assembly Building, Arianespace “topped off” the Ariane 5 launcher with installation of the payload fairing over the four Galileo spacecraft and their payload dispenser. With Ariane 5... read more

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Roscosmos could launch up to 4 replacement GLONASS in 2017

November 14, 2016By

Russia’s Roscosmos space agency could launch up to four GLONASS navigation satellites in 2017, reports The satellites will be launched only to replace malfunctioning satellites if necessary, according to Deputy Director General for Automatic Space Complexes Mikhail Khailov. “It is planned to carry out up to four launches [of GLONASS satellites] in 2017 … We will carry them out only when... read more

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China launches pulsar navigation satellite

November 14, 2016By
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China has successfully launched a navigation satellite that will conduct in-orbit experiments using pulsar detectors to demonstrate new technologies, reports The Indian Express. The X-ray pulsar navigation satellite XPNAV-1 was launched Nov. 10 atop a Long March 11 solid-fueled rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s northwest. The experimental pulsar navigation mission carries two sensors to pick up... read more

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DJI offers large drone Matrice 600 Pro

November 14, 2016By

DJI has updated the capabilities of its largest drone series by introducing the Matrice 600 Pro, which offers improved flight performance, a more powerful battery charging system and better loading capacity for industrial equipment, cinema cameras and other professional aerial applications. The M600 Pro’s A3 Pro flight controller comes with triple modular redundancy and diagnostic algorithms that compare sensor data from three... read more

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Harxon offers new waterproof helical GNSS antenna

November 11, 2016By

Harxon has released its next-generation triple-frequency Helix Antenna HX-CH7603A, which has excellent performance and high efficiency in a compact form factor, the company said. Harxon’s new-design helical antenna HX-CH7603A is capable of  GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2 and BDS B1/B2/B3. Though compact, it provides high peak gain (more than 3.5 dBi) and wide beam width to ensure the signal receiving performance of... read more

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Four Galileos now atop Ariane 5 launcher

November 11, 2016By

From the European Space Agency Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites are together on their dispenser atop the Ariane 5 launcher due to launch them next Thursday from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Having been attached to their dispenser as a combined upper composite, the four 715-kg satellites were transported to the final assembly building on Oct. 31. The next step... read more

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AT&T and NASA collaborate on drone traffic management system

November 10, 2016By

AT&T and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are researching traffic management solutions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The goal is an Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) solution that supports safe and highly secure operation of drones in the national airspace. AT&T has been working with NASA and other companies to make UAS flight-path monitoring, flight planning, navigation,... read more

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Asteri Navigation launches X-series of wearable GNSS receivers

November 10, 2016By

Asteri Navigation will introduce a new line of rugged, compact and fully integrated GNSS receivers on Nov. 15 at the 2016 Autodesk University in Las Vegas, Nevada. Suitable for geospatial field data collection and inspection applications that require high accuracy positioning, the Asteri X-Series receivers are light enough to be mounted to external sensors or worn on the body or arm.... read more