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Lockheed completes COTS upgrade of ground control system

December 1, 2016By
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Lockheed Martin has completed a major upgrade to modernize the current ground control system of the U.S. Air Force’s GPS constellation. The Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Upgrade #2 (CUP2) project is the latest step in the Air Force’s multi-year plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy Operational Control Segment — known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) — into a modern, high-performance... read more

Europe EGNOS technology sold to South Korea

November 30, 2016By
EGNOS is Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation. EGNOS broadcasts augmented information through a trio of geostationary satellites linked to a network of monitoring ground stations, to sharpen the accuracy and reliability of GPS signals across the continent.

News from the European Space Agency Technology developed as part of Europe’s satellite navigation-augmenting EGNOS system has been sold to South Korea to serve its national equivalent system. Thales Alenia Space has signed a contract with South Korea’s space agency, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute, to supply ground infrastructure for the Korea Augmentation Satellite System (KASS) on behalf of the... read more

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New GNSS weather datasets available from TechDemoSat-1

November 29, 2016By
GNSS-R Data collections. The measured reflection tracks are shown in yellow over the Globe. A sequence of Delay Doppler Maps from one track is shown below — the spread of each is related to the sea surface roughness and surface wind speed.

New weather datasets, which could prove highly valuable for weather forecasting and for longer term climate monitoring, have just been made available from the Space GNSS Receiver-Remote Sensing Instrument (SGR-ReSI) instrument on board TechDemoSat-1, a small technology demonstration satellite launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) in 2014. With support from the European Space Agency, SSTL and the National Oceanography... read more

Lidar, sensors hidden in Hyundai self-driving car

November 21, 2016By
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Hyundai Motor Company introduced the Autonomous Ioniq concept Nov. 16 at the Automobility LA conference. Hyundai said the vehicle is one of the few self-driving cars in development to have a hidden lidar system in its front bumper instead of on the roof, enabling it to look like any other car on the road. The goal in designing the autonomous... read more

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4 Galileos launched at once, speeding constellation completion

November 17, 2016By
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An Ariane 5 rocket has launched four additional Galileo satellites, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system. The Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 13:06 GMT (14:06 CET, 10:06 local time) carrying Galileo satellites 15-18. The first pair was released 3 hours, 25 minutes after liftoff, while the second separated... read more

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4 Galileos a ‘go’ for Thursday launch

November 15, 2016By
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This week’s Arianespace flight with four European Galileo navigation system spacecraft has been approved for a morning liftoff on Nov. 17 following the launch readiness review held Monday at the Spaceport in French Guiana. Designated Flight VA233 in Arianespace’s numbering system, the launch will deploy its quartet of Galileo spacecraft during a nearly four-hour flight, with liftoff set at exactly 10:06:48 a.m.... read more

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Four Galileos now atop Ariane 5 launcher

November 11, 2016By
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From the European Space Agency Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites are together on their dispenser atop the Ariane 5 launcher due to launch them next Thursday from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Having been attached to their dispenser as a combined upper composite, the four 715-kg satellites were transported to the final assembly building on Oct. 31. The next step... read more

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Near Earth Autonomy secures NASA award to advance safe UAS flight

November 10, 2016By
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Near Earth Autonomy, a specialist in autonomy solutions for unmanned aircraft, will support NASA’s mission to introduce unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS). The contract was awarded through the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Under this award, Near Earth will develop and demonstrate technologies that enable safe unmanned aircraft operation in the case of unexpected contingency situations.... read more

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