The System

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

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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

The System: Competition for the Gold Standard

February 1, 2014By
The main antenna of the second Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite being inspected with a flashlight in advance of mass property testing at the European Space Agency’s  ESTEC Test Centre in the Netherlands. Thermal-vacuum testing on the second model began in early 2014. The two FOC satellites will be launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s French Guiana Spaceport in mid-2014. Whether four more can rise and begin providing initial Galileo services by the end of the year is the question of the hour.

BeiDou Releases Public Service Performance Document In late December, director Ran Chengqi of China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office announced the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Public Service Performance Standard. The document details the public service performance parameters of the BeiDou system, including service area, accuracy, integrity, continuity, and availability. It is a basic commitment to customers from BDS providers,... read more

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The System: Two More Threes for Space

January 1, 2014By

A December 12 contract modification provided Air Force funding to Lockheed Martin to complete the fifth and sixth GPS III space vehicles (SV 05-06). Lockheeed originally received funding to procure long-lead parts for satellites five through eight (SV 05-08) in February 2013. read more

The System: Autumn Falls Back

November 1, 2013By
Delta IV, the current GPS launch vehicle, awaits a date with space at Cape Canaveral.

Launch Delays Ground GPS IIF and Galileo FOC The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A loss of thrust by a Delta IV rocket upper stage during a GPS launch last... read more

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