TAG: BeiDou

The System: BeiDou Adds Two, Plans Auto Sat Nav

September 1, 2015By
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China launched two BeiDou navigation satellites into medium Earth orbit on July 25. The two new satellites, BeiDou-3 M1 and BeiDou-3 M2, are in orbital slots 1 and 6 of Plane 1 (or A Plane), respectively. The satellites are designated BDS M1-S and M2-S — the “S” may stand for “Test” (in Chinese: 试验 = Shiyan). On Aug. 14, China stated... read more

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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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Newest BeiDou Satellites Begin Operating

August 14, 2015By

The two BeiDou satellites launched July 25 are now operating autonomously, according to the news site English.news.cn. The satellites were launched by a Long March III-B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province, southwest China. The twin satellites, dubbed BEIDOU-3 M1 and BEIDOU-3 M2, surpass their predecessors in speed, accuracy and weight, according to the news agency. China... read more

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Expert Advice: The Tigers Claim Their Territory

July 1, 2015By
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Report from the 2015 China Satellite Navigation Conference By Greg Turetzky This May, the sixth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) was held in Xian, site of China’s famous buried warrior tombs. This was the fourth time I have attended, and every year the event has grown in both attendance numbers and global importance. The conference opened with the usual provider updates... read more

Singapore Joins with China to Develop Apps, Protect BeiDou Signals

June 22, 2015By

Singapore and China are jointly opening a center to develop applications for the BeiDou GNSS, according to a report in Space News. The nations also have signed a commercial agreement to create anti-jamming systems to protect BeiDou signals. At a briefing during the CommunicAsia show held in Singapore May 31-June 2, SpaceTime Technology Pte Ltd. and ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd.... read more

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LabSat’s SatGen v3 Adds BeiDou to Simulator Scenarios

June 22, 2015By
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SatGen v3 software is now available for the LabSat GNSS simulator by Racelogic. Version 3 includes BeiDou (BDS) in addition to GPS and GLONASS. SatGen is billed as a powerful and intuitive software package that gives users the ability to create scenarios for replay through any LabSat simulator. The software creates either user-generated or imported trajectory files for use with a LabSat... read more

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The System: All Systems Go, with a Spring into Space

May 1, 2015By

Planet Earth gained five new navigation satellites in late March, for four satellite systems. GPS. The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) launched on March 25 from Cape Canaveral, Fla. The IIF-9 rode aboard a Delta IV rocket, the workhorse of the GPS fleet for successful launches. The satellite was declared operational on April 21. “Many... read more

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ComNav, CGEOS Build First BeiDou CORS Station in Europe

April 9, 2015By

Europe's first BeiDou CORS station — Qiao CORS Station — has been built in Wallonia, Belgium. ComNav partnered with local company CGEOS – Creative Geosensing on the project read more

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