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Europe enters ‘The Year of Galileo’

March 28, 2016By

2016 has already been dubbed as “The Year of Galileo.” That was the clear message from the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in early March. The Munich summit covers all GNSS systems, but the focus this year was squarely on Galileo. I think it is fair to say that come hell or high water we will see Galileo Initial Services debuting... read more

The need to clarify Galileo’s legal basis of time

March 28, 2016By
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One new potential wrinkle for Galileo was hinted at during the Munich Satellive Navigation Summit session in March on legal issues around GNSS timing. A recent GPS timing issue caused numerous problems for digital broadcasters and financial networks around the world on Jan. 26, when a data upload went slightly awry. This introduced a 13.7 millisecond error in one of... read more

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The year of UAVs for Europe

March 28, 2016By
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The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) sector is a dynamic GNSS-enabled sector globally and Europe is no exception. In January I attended a UAV event at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. The focus of the two-day meeting was on small commercial and recreational remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) that are rapidly populating Europe’s airspace. Currently, there is no European legislation... read more

New Galileo Interface Control Document released

January 4, 2016By
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The European Commission has published a new release 1.2 of the Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD v1.2). The document provides the information needed by receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and service providers to process and make use of the open signals generated by the Galileo satellites. The OS SIS ICD contains the... read more

Verhoef named Galileo director by ESA Council

November 23, 2015By
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has named Paul Verhoef its new Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities. Verhoef, former coordinator for Galileo activities with the European Commission, was named as one member of a new senior leadership team after a special meeting of the ESA Council in Paris on Nov. 21. At the weekend meeting, the agency selected several new managers for... read more

Galileo: Are We There Yet?

September 28, 2015By
Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites being fueled by technicians in protective SCAPE suits within the Guiana Space Centre’s 3SB preparation building on Aug. 24. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

It has been a good late summer for the European Galileo programme. The latest launch on the night of 10 and 11 September has got the number of orbiting satellites in the EU’s GNSS constellation into double figures at last, and one-third of the way towards the ultimate target of 30. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) press releases around the... read more

The Economic Benefits of GPS

September 1, 2015By
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This article is based on a presentation to the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board in June 2015. The study reported on at the meeting was requested by the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing. It demonstrates the widespread use and importance of GPS to the U.S., with estimated benefits in 2013 of about $56... read more

GSA Flight Event Celebrated, Demonstrated EGNOS

June 11, 2015By
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Since its certification for civil aviation in 2011, EGNOS has been making flights in Europe safer, greener and more efficient. The European GNSS Agency recently invited the media and European aviation stakeholders for a unique EGNOS Flight Event in Toulouse. Watch the video. read more