The System

The System: Galileo Leaves the Building

June 1, 2013By
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In the early hours of May 15, Galileo’s first full operational capability (FOC) satellite left manufacturer OHB System AG’s integration hall in Bremen, Germany, after successfully completing integration and system testing. Later that same day, it arrived by road at the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) technical center at Noordwijk in the Netherlands for a rigorous set of tests to check... read more

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Out in Front: The System, Simulated

May 1, 2013By

Wealth, breadth, and depth. That’s what this issue brings you, in signal simulation- and testing-related content. Unfortunately, the wealth on offer has to large extent elbowed out our two news sections, The Business and The System. The former is given short shrift in this issue and the latter even shorter herewith, in pithy precis with website shortcuts. And our apologies.... read more

The System: Galileo Autonomous Fix, Indoor Nav Standards

April 1, 2013By
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Galileo Logs First Autonomous Fix; Galileo over Canada (By James T. Curran, Mark Petovello, and Gérard Lachapelle); and Indoor Nav: Early Steps towards FCC Standards Galileo Logs First Autonomous Fix Entitling its release “From Orbit with Love,” the European Space Agency (ESA) announced March 12 that the four current satellites of the Galileo constellation achieved their first autonomous position fix.... read more

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The System: GPS Alliance, Galileo Budget, EGNOS Safe Skies

March 1, 2013By

New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry; Galileo Lives to Fly Another Day, Budget Passed; Safer Skies for EGNOS; and GLONASS in Brazil New Organization Advocates for GPS Industry A new group, the GPS Innovation Alliance, has formed and announced itself as the voice of the U.S. GPS industry and community of users, to “support the ever-increasing importance of GPS” in... read more

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The System: BeiDou ICD, Galileo-Only Positioning

February 1, 2013By

BeiDou ICD: Signal Specs Are Free At Last; First Demonstration of Galileo-Only Positioning (By Peter Steigenberger, Urs Hugentobler, and Oliver Montenbruck) BeiDou ICD: Signal Specs Are Free At Last The interface control document (ICD) describing the details of the BeiDou B1I open service signal on 1561.098 MHz was released December 27 at a news conference held in Beijing by the... read more

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The System: Galileo IOV-3, Russian SBAS, Road Tolling

January 1, 2013By
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Galileo IOV-3 Broadcasts E1, E5, E6 Signals; Russian SBAS Luch-5B in Orbital Slot; EGNOS and Galileo in Emergency Call, Road Tolling; Compass ICD Rumored Galileo IOV-3 Broadcasts E1, E5, E6 Signals By Oliver Montenbruck, German Space Operations Center and Richard B. Langley, University of New Brunswick After reaching its final position, the Galileo IOV-3 satellite started transmitting its first ranging... read more

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The System: Patent Attempt on GPS, Galileo Signals Appears Done

December 1, 2012By

One of the GNSS controversies of the past year ended, not with a bang nor with a whimper, but like the fog, silently creeping away on its little cat feet. The UK patent applications against the interoperative GPS/Galileo signal design appear to have been dropped. Vague rumblings emerged throughout spring and summer this year that two British technologists, backed by... read more

The System: OCX, GPS III Show Launch Readiness

October 1, 2012By
GPS III SATELLITE, artist’s rendering, courtesy Lockheed Martin.

Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin successfully completed the first launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites. The exercise is a key milestone demonstrating the team remains on schedule to achieve launch availability in 2014, the companies said. The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellites and the Raytheon-developed next generation GPS operational control system, known as OCX,... read more

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