TAG: ESA

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

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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Galileo Ground Segment Back Online

April 9, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency The worldwide Ground Mission Segment providing all Galileo navigation messages has completed a full-scale hardware and software migration to version V2.0, and is now fully operational again. The Ground Mission Segment was turned off Jan. 26, allowing the migration to take place over the month of February. The following month was taken up with... read more

ESNC 2015 Now Accepting Submissions

April 1, 2015By

The 2015 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), an international innovation competition that recognizes the best ideas in satellite navigation, will run from April 1 to June 30. Winners will be announced in October. There are more than 20 regions participating, and the ESNC will award prizes worth a total of €1 million in 30 categories. “Satellite navigation is an essential element of modern mobility and a... read more

Galileo’s Two Newest Birds Undergoing Initial Checks

March 30, 2015By

The two newest Galileo satellites — dubbed Adam and Anastasia — launched Friday are now being checked out by the European Space Agency (ESA) and France’s CNES space agency from the CNES Toulouse centre. Following these initial checks, the two satellites will be handed over to the Galileo Control Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, and the Galileo in-orbit testing facility in Redu,... read more