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The System: Galileo IOV Satellites Now in Orbit

November 1, 2011By

The first two satellites for Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system were lofted into orbit October 21 by the first Russian Soyuz vehicle ever launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana in a milestone mission, reports the European Space Agency (ESA). The launch occurred one day after initially scheduled to resolve a problem with the ground-support fueling system. The Soyuz... read more

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The System: Compass Signal ICD this Month

October 1, 2011By

The long-awaited signal interface control document (ICD) for China’s growing GNSS will appear this month, according to representatives of the system who spoke in a “Compass: Progress, Status, and Future Outlook” workshop as part of ION GNSS and the CGSIC meetings in Portland in September. The ICD has been rumored to be available previously to receiver manufacturers within China, creating... read more

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The System: 2 SOPS Takes Over Second IIF

September 1, 2011By

The U.S. Air Force 50th Space Wing’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron took command and control of the second GPS Block IIF satellite on August 19. SVN-63 (PRN 01) was set healthy on August 23. The total of 12 next-generation GPS IIF satellites built by Boeing will provide improved accuracy through advanced atomic clocks, a longer design life than legacy GPS satellites, and a new signal, L5, that will benefit civil aviation and safety-of-life applications. The Space and Missile Systems Center’s GPS Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base remained in control of the satellite during a 30-day on-orbit check-out period before hand off. read more

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The System: Technical Report on LS/GPS Interference

August 1, 2011By
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Once again, developments in the news outpaced print technology’s ability to keep up in the LightSquared saga. Shortly after the July issue went to press on June 27, the TWG final report appeared on June 30. Thus you readers, who received the magazine circa July 15, held old news in your hands. Likely this will occur again. read more

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The System: LightSquared Interference with GPS

July 1, 2011By

And the Beat Goes on Developments in the LightSquared saga came fast and furious in June; highlights are listed below and briefly recapped in the adjacent news story. It will be dated by the time you receive this issue, as it went to press three weeks prior. For current events, see Top Story and Latest News, and the full versions... read more

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The System: Third Report by LightSquared/GPS Technical Working Group

June 1, 2011By

Plus: Locata as Alternative PNT, Indian SBAS, Galileo Launch Slow but steady progress of the Working Group (WG) convened by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study the GPS overload/desensitization issue is related in the group’s Third [monthly] Pogress Report, filed with the FCC on May 16. For the third consecutive time, the report contains little in terms of actual... read more

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The System: Second Report by LightSquared/GPS Technical Working Group Maps Terrain, Does Not Yet Explore

May 1, 2011By

Plus: GLONASS CDMA Tracked, Third Beidou-2 Launched The second report from non‐governmental members of the LightSquared/GPS Technical Working Group (TWG) was filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 15. For those anxious to see actual results of interference/desensitization of GPS receivers by the proposed LightSquared terrestrial signal — or, conversely, absence of said results — the report does not contain... read more

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The System: First GPS Intereference Report Sent to FCC

April 1, 2011By

First Overload Interference/Desensitization to GPS Receivers, Systems, and Networks Report to FCC; Plus Save Our GPS Coalition Forms; WAAS Official Again; EGNOS SOL Operational; Russian SBAS Satellite Passes Transponder Tests read more

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