TAG: European Space Agency

The System: Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation

March 1, 2014By

Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation Nucleus of Four Now Operational: It “Works, and Works Well” The European Space Agency (ESA) announced fulfillment of the in-orbit validation (IOV) of Galileo on February 10. IOV was achieved with four satellites, the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes. “IOV was required to demonstrate that the future performance that we want to meet when... read more

ESA Helps Prepare Satnav Mass Market for Galileo Services

February 18, 2014By
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With the first Galileo services set to begin this year, the European Space Agency (ESA) is working directly with European manufacturers of mass-market satnav chips and receivers to ensure that their products are Galileo-ready. “Our objective is to make sure, ahead of the European Union’s declaration of early Galileo services that mass-market devices are ready and able to make use... read more

Switzerland Joins the EU’s Galileo Program

February 5, 2014By

Switzerland has signed a cooperation agreement to participate in the Galileo and EGNOS programs, the pillars of the EU’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Switzerland will now fully financially participate in the programs, and will retroactively contribute €80 million for the period 2008-2013. The agreement, signed in Brussels December 18, 2013, also covers cooperation in areas such as security, export control,... read more

The System: Two More Threes for Space

January 1, 2014By

A December 12 contract modification provided Air Force funding to Lockheed Martin to complete the fifth and sixth GPS III space vehicles (SV 05-06). Lockheeed originally received funding to procure long-lead parts for satellites five through eight (SV 05-08) in February 2013. read more

Directions 2014: Great Expectations

December 1, 2013By
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By Peter O. Large, Vice President, Trimble November 29, 2013, marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of Christian Doppler. His work laid down the fundamental concepts that enabled researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States to make observations on the signals of Sputnik I during the International Geophysical Year of 1957. From those observations more than 60... read more

Directions 2014: Galileo IOV Passes with Flying Colors

December 1, 2013By

Following the second Galileo launch in October 2012, leading to four operational satellites in orbit, a progressive chain of events has taken place in 2013 encompassing all Galileo Services, starting from the first position fix on March 12 (Figure 1), when navigation message continuous broadcast began. read more

Qinetiq, Rockwell Demonstrate Multi-Constellation Galileo/GPS Secure Positioning for Governmental Applications

November 12, 2013By

On August 30, QinetiQ and Rockwell Collins demonstrated the first joint satellite navigation positioning using live signals from the encrypted governmental services from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) GPS Precise Positioning Service (GPS-PPS) and the new European Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). The signals on GPS L1 and L2, together with Galileo PRS L1A and E6A, were processed and... read more

The System: Autumn Falls Back

November 1, 2013By
Delta IV, the current GPS launch vehicle, awaits a date with space at Cape Canaveral.

Launch Delays Ground GPS IIF and Galileo FOC The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A loss of thrust by a Delta IV rocket upper stage during a GPS launch last... read more