Ten Galileo Satellites Now in Orbit

September 11, 2015By
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Europe’s own satellite navigation system has come a step nearer to completion today with Galileo 9 and 10, which lifted off together at 02:08 GMT on Sept. 11 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana atop a Soyuz launcher. read more

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Four Galileo Satellites Now at ESTEC

June 10, 2015By

News by the European Space Agency Europe’s latest Galileo was unboxed at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands in May, bringing the total number of satellites at the site to four. ESTEC in Noordwijk is the largest satellite test facility in Europe, with all the equipment needed to simulate every aspect of the launch and space environment under a single... read more

Airbus Defence and Space Joins ESA BIC Bavaria as New Partner

May 27, 2015By

ESA BIC Bavaria, part of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (BIC) program, is poised to expand its presence in the aerospace hotbed Bavaria with the opening of another branch office in Ottobrunn near Munich. The Bavarian state government — itself a longstanding ESA BIC partner and supporter — also hailed the program’s new partnership with Airbus Defence and Space... read more

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ESA Aims to Map Sea Surfaces with GNSS Radio Occultation

May 8, 2015By
The International Space Station. (Photo: ESA)

A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting. read more

Satnav Augmentation Systems Settle on Common Channels Post-2020

May 7, 2015By
The ESTEC facility in Noordjvik, The Netherlands.

The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group endorsed the "message definition" for a new secondary SBAS channel — to be known as L5, along with the current L1 — for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilize dual-frequency multi-constellation signals. read more

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GNSS Students Sought for ESA Summer School

April 28, 2015By

Students still have time to join the ESA International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of August. The 10-day course — lasting from the afternoon of Aug. 31 to the morning of Sept. 10 — will cover all aspects of satellite navigation, up to and including the creation of a satnav-based business.... read more

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Honeywell Tracking Passes Test for Galileo Search and Rescue

April 13, 2015By
One of the Honeywell Global Tracking ESA installations.

Honeywell’s Global Tracking solution has passed the final acceptance test for use on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Galileo search and rescue program by demonstrating dramatically reduced emergency response times, Honeywell said. Honeywell Global Tracking, part of Honeywell’s Scanning and Mobility business, is working in partnership with the Aerospace & Defense division of Capgemini, the prime contractor for the Galileo... read more

Galileo NAGU Announces Completion of Ground Upgrade

April 9, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The European GNSS Service Centre has issued Notice Advisories to Galileo Users announcing the completion of a ground segment upgrade and system testing as of 1 April 2015. The three fully operational Galileo satellites (GSAT0101, GSAT0102, and GSAT0103) have been declared available from 1 April 2015 at 00:00 UTC. GSAT0101 (ID:11) payload on PHM clock... read more

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