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GLONASS Failure Inconsequential to Users, Says Russian Press

April 8, 2014By

Reports in the semi-official Russian news daily Izvestia indicate that finger-pointing has gotten underway regarding the April 1 GLONASS systemic blackout, which followed two other high-profile disasters, the destruction-upon-launch of three new GLONASS satellites in July 2013, and the Pacific drowning of three other satellites in December 2010. While we have neither full nor fluent translations from the Russian, we... read more

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GLONASS Blackout Coincides with Loran Authorization-in-Progress

April 8, 2014By

Russia’s April 1 GLONASS blackout occurred, ironically, only hours after the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to preserve infrastructure that could support a back-up system for GPS that could be used for critical infrastructure and applications in the event of a similar disaster occurring in the United States. The 2014 Coast Guard Authorization Act requires the Department of Homeland... read more

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Second of Seven Satellites for IRNSS Launched

April 4, 2014By
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India’s Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its second navigation satellite today, April 4, at 11:44 UTC. A Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket launched the IRNSS-1B spacecraft in a mission originating from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre. Liftoff was on schedule. IRNSS-1B is the second of seven satellites that comprise the first-generation Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1B... read more

Altus Positioning Systems Pinpoints Cause for GLONASS Default

April 4, 2014By

Regarding the April 1–2 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, president and CEO Neil Vancans of Altus Positioning Systems provides this additional information: “From the reports on GLONASS problems, we have an explanation that may be used in our technical support replies: “Our analysis reveals the GLONASS integration algorithms skipped an interval of around 1.5 minutes at the control... read more

Broadcom Enables Pinpoint Indoor Location Technology with 5G Wi-Fi SoC

April 3, 2014By
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Broadcom Corporation has announced the industry’s first 5G Wi-Fi (802.11ac) system-on-chip (SoC) to deliver pinpoint indoor positioning technology. The BCM43462 SoC, featuring Broadcom’s new AccuLocate technology, provides sub-meter accuracy on physical locations enabling retailers and public venue operators to deliver more personalized experiences to consumers. Broadcom will demonstrate its AccuLocate technology at Interop, Las Vegas, April 1 – 3, 2014,... read more

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How to Survive a Total Constellation Outage

April 3, 2014By
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Yesterday we posted news of an 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, due to an upload of bad ephemerides. Coincidentally, during that 11-hour period, the mass-market chip company Broadcom was conducting multi-constellation receiver tests in Asia. Frank van Diggelen, Broadcom’s chief GNSS scientist and vice president says, “We have definitive data to show how a multi-constellation receiver survives such... read more

GLONASS Gone . . . Then Back

April 2, 2014By
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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). This rendered the system completely unusable to all worldwide GLONASS receivers.... read more

New Galileo Station Opens in Azores

April 1, 2014By
ESA's Santa Maria ground station is located on the ‘Montes das Flores’ (Hill of Flowers) on Santa Maria island in Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores. It includes a Galileo Sensor Station.

The latest addition to Galileo’s worldwide ground infrastructure has been made in the mid-Atlantic, on Portugal’s Santa Maria island in the Azores. This new Galileo Sensor Station joins a far-flung network of stations monitoring signal quality, clock timings and positioning of the Galileo satellites orbiting Earth. Its formal opening ceremony on March 26 was presided over by the Azores’ Regional... read more

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