System and Business News

The System: Test Data Predicts Disastrous GPS Jamming by FCC-Authorized Broadcaster

March 1, 2011By

Representatives of the GPS industry presented to members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) laboratory evidence of interference with the GPS signal by a proposed new broadcaster on January 19 of this year. The meeting and subsequent filing did not dissuade FCC International Bureau Chief Mindel De La Torre from authorizing Lightquared to proceed with ancillary terrestrial component operations, installing... read more

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GLONASS K-1 Launch Delayed Twice, Rescheduled for Tomorrow

February 25, 2011By

  GLONASS-K is moved to the launchpad. News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. According to a Roscosmos report, the state commission governing rocket launches will launch GLONASS-K1 on February 26 at 03:06 UTC. The launch of GLONASS-K1 has been pushed back for “technical reasons.” The original schedule called for a February 24 launch. Quoting the commander of the Russian Space Forces,... read more

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The System: FCC Asked to Authorize Potential Interferer

February 1, 2011By

In November, December, and January, a regulatory drama with high potential impact on the GPS signal and domestic U.S. GPS users began unfolding before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As this magazine goes to press on January 24, the issue remains far from resolved, although hearings and far-reaching decisions may have transpired by mid-February. A company called LightSquared applied to... read more

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The System: GLONASS Blows Itself off Course

January 1, 2011By

Surplus fuel loaded in error onboard the launch rocket caused loss of three new GLONASS satellites on December 5. The mishap burdened the DM-3 booster rocket with an excess of 1.5 to 2 tons of fuel, causing it to deviate from its course after blast-off and dive into the Pacific Ocean instead of reaching orbit altitude — dashing hopes for an imminent,... read more

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The System: QZSS Puts L1C on the Air

December 1, 2010By

QZSS Puts L1C on the Air JAVAD Receivers Track the First Truly Interoperable Signal JAVAD GNSS engineers in Moscow have released plots of the C/A, L2C, L5, SAIF, and the new L1C signals broadcast by Japan’s QZSS Michibiki, the first satellite to transmit L1C. The company stated that all of its current GNSS receivers can track QZSS signals with a... read more

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The System: Galileo PRS Delivery in Question

November 1, 2010By

Once envisioned to orbit 30 satellites, Galileo’s constellation has over time been reduced to a planned, though still not space-borne, four initial satellites plus 14 operational satellites for a total of 18. The European Space Agency (ESA), under direction of the European Commission (EC), confirmed at the October 19–21 European Navigation Conference (ENC) in Germany that it plans to declare... read more

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The System: GLONASS Forecast Bright and Plentiful

October 1, 2010By

At the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee meeting in Portland, Oregon, on September 20, Sergey Revnivykh, Deputy Director General of Roscosmos’s Central Research Institute of Machine Building, reported on the status and future of GLONASS. He provided a number of details on the present constellation and how it will be augmented in the future, stressing that GLONASS is doing well... read more

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The System: Michibiki Takes Up Station and Other GNSS Constellation Updates

September 1, 2010By
QZSS-orbits

As this issue goes to press in late August, the first Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) space vehicle, nicknamed Michibiki, holds steady for a September 11 launch. QZSS will use multiple satellites in inclined orbits, placed so that one satellite always appears near zenith above Japan, well known for its high-rise cities. The design provides high-accuracy satellite... read more