TAG: European Space Agency

Galileo clock anomalies under investigation

January 19, 2017By
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The European Space Agency today issued a press release addressing the Galileo clock failures reported Wednesday. GPS World Innovation editor Richard Langley provided the following summary of the satellites and clocks involved, based on information we have received to date. 5 satellites affected: 3 IOVs, 2 FOCs Total of 10 failures; 1 fixed; so 9 continuing failures 5 masers on... read more

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International GNSS summer school goes to Norway

January 5, 2017By
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The University of the Bundeswehr Muenchen and the Norwegian Space Centre are organizing the International Summer School on Global Satellite Navigation Systems 2017. This year the Summer School will be held at Longyearbyen, Svalbard – Spitsbergen, Norway, Sept. 4-15. Lectures start the morning of Sept. 5 and end Sept. 14 following dinner. The Summer School is open to graduate students, Ph.D.... read more

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GNSS CEOs see bright future, alternative PNT promises well

December 28, 2016By
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It has been a good year for all global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), as the chief executives of each system testify here. Alternative positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) also thrives. In this roundup of the latest highlights from the past year and forecasts for the future, 2017 augurs very well indeed! Let’s look at the newest alternative-PNT offerings first, followed... read more

Galileo declares Initial Services

December 15, 2016By
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At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. The Declaration of Initial Services means that the Galileo satellites and ground infrastructure are now operationally ready. These signals will be highly accurate but not available all the time, since the constellation is not yet complete... read more

Directions 2017: The year of Galileo

December 9, 2016By
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I write at an especially exciting moment for the Galileo satellite navigation system, as two flagship European programmes combine for the very first time. Mid-November will see the very first Galileo launch using an Ariane 5 launcher from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, in place of the Soyuz that has served the constellation up until now. Four instead of two... read more

The launch of 4 and declaration of Galileo operations

November 30, 2016By
Already above Earth’s atmosphere, Ariane’s aerodynamic fairing is jettisoned and the four Galileo satellites enter space for the first time. (Image: ESA)

“Now that we can rely on the powerful Ariane 5, we can anticipate the quicker completion of Galileo deployment, permitting the system to enter full operation,” said Paul Verhoef, ESA’s Director for the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, following the successful launch Nov. 17 of four satellites at once. Verhoef made the following further remarks to GPS World regarding Galileo’s future. The... read more

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Portrait of Galileo: European groups say constellation is ready for service

September 28, 2016By

Spokespersons from the European Commission, the European Space Agency and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) built a portrait of Galileo at the ION GNNS+ conference of a satellite constellation ready to step upon the world stage. Meanwhile, four new satellites are scheduled to launch aboard a single Ariane rocket on Nov. 17, leading to declaration of initial services by the... read more

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Galileo Initial Services looming

September 26, 2016By

With Galileo Initial Services at last on the horizon and a quadruple satellite launch scheduled for November, here’s hoping that Europe’s GNSS constellation will be delivering limited, but reliable, global PNT services before the year is out. The four Galileo satellites for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 mission for the constellation are being prepared at ESA’s launch facility in French Guiana.... read more