The System

Locata Warns: Lessons to Be Learned from GLONASS Spasm

April 15, 2014By
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Calling it an “unprecedented and deeply worrying total disruption . . . [that] shook the industry,” Locata Corporation reiterated its call for redundant terrestrial systems to back up GNSS in the wake of the April 1 11-hour GLONASS system outage. Nunzio Gambale, Locata CEO, said “We have been telling the industry for years that you cannot have a critically important... 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

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

The System: Galileo Countdown, PNT Advisory Board

April 1, 2014By

Galileo Countdown to 10 by Year’s End Signs Point Toward Early Services in December, If ESA Delivers A February conference on the European Union’s space policy in Brussels sought to set a course for 2020 and close official ranks behind the prospect of early Galileo services at the end of this year. Much in the business community’s perception of the... read more

GNSS Future Glimpsed at Summit in Munich

March 31, 2014By

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit annually gathers people involved with GNSS from around the world to report on current status and progress of the multiple systems. It is a high-level briefing of significant global importance. Of course Europe, Germany, Bavaria, and the European GNSS industry, now recognized around the world, all take the opportunity to present their capabilities and successes.... read more

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Downstream Dialog, Tests in Europe

March 26, 2014By

With Galileo services set to take effect in December, the two European entities charged with the program are engaging manufacturers — the European Space Agency (ESA) in consumer markets, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in the government security sector, respectively. “We put out an open call to satnav manufacturers offering testing with our laboratory facilities,” said the head of... read more

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The System: Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation

March 1, 2014By

Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation Nucleus of Four Now Operational: It “Works, and Works Well” The European Space Agency (ESA) announced fulfillment of the in-orbit validation (IOV) of Galileo on February 10. IOV was achieved with four satellites, the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes. “IOV was required to demonstrate that the future performance that we want to meet when... read more