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First Signals of BeiDou Phase 3 Acquired at Ispra, Italy

August 21, 2015By
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Editor’s Note: The article below has been greatly revised and expanded from the original version published Aug. 10. By Michele Bavaro, James Curran and Joaquim Fortuny On July 25, 2015, China launched two modernized BeiDou satellites. Although the nomenclature is still uncertain, the Joint Space Operations Centre / North American Aerospace Defense Command identifiers for the satellites are BEIDOU-3 M1 and... read more

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Nationwide Differential GPS Shutdown Proposed, Comments Sought

August 18, 2015By
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An Aug. 18 Federal Register notice proposes shutting down the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) in January 2016 because of a decline in its use, except for sites in coastal areas. The notice, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Transportation Department (DOT) and Corps of Engineers (USACE), reads: The Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) service augments GPS... read more

UAV Interference with Aircraft Much Higher in 2015

August 13, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants to send out a clear message that operating drones around airplanes and helicopters is dangerous and illegal. Pilot reports of unmanned aircraft have increased dramatically over the past year, from a total of 238 sightings in all of 2014, to more than 650 by Aug. 9 of this year. Unauthorized operators may be subject... read more

Rohde & Schwarz Offers Fast Production Testing for GNSS Receivers

August 11, 2015By
The R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator equipped with the SMBV-P101 package.

Rohde & Schwarz now offers a new, speed-optimized production tester — the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator equipped with the R&S SMBV-P101 package. During production testing of modules and receivers for satellite-based communications, the basic GNSS signal reception and the connection between the antenna and GNSS chipset need to be checked. The GNSS production tester simulates separate satellites for the GPS, GLONASS,... read more

Locata Positioning Will Underpin NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System Research


August 6, 2015By
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NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., according to an announcement by Locata. NASA Langley is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new 
UAS safety and technology concepts under development. The LocataNet will provide high-precision non-GPS-based... read more

Shark Search

August 6, 2015By
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Global Tracking Project Demystifies the Ocean’s Top Predators
Where are sharks? What are their migratory patterns? And how close do they come to shore? Until recently, the life cycle of sharks has been a mystery. The nonprofit OCEARCH is tagging and tracking a variety of sharks, and sharing the data with scientists around the world. read more

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Final GLONASS-M Satellite Passes Tests

August 3, 2015By
Artist's rendering of the GLONASS-M satellite.

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.   The last of the GLONASS-M satellites (serial number 61) has been built and has passed all acceptance tests, reports the July 20 issue of Sibirskii Sputnik (Siberian Satellite), the internal newspaper of ISS Reshetnev. It will join eight other GLONASS-M satellites in storage on the ground awaiting launch between now and 2017. Following the launch... read more

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Possible Piece of Galileo Rocket Found on Florida Beach

August 3, 2015By
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A metal object that may be a large piece of a Galileo rocket has been found on a Florida beach. The object appeared to bear the markings of the European Union’s Galileo satellite program, reports the SunSentinel. It was discovered Sunday behind the oceanfront Sun Tower Hotel & Suites in Fort Lauderdale. The mattress-sized fragment  attracted onlookers until late Sunday morning when it was... read more

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