TAG: Galileo

Galileo Commercial Service Implementing Decision enters into force

February 15, 2017By
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The European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) confirm that the first generation of Galileo will already provide users with high accuracy and authentication services. Both the commission and GSA have adopted the Galileo Commercial Service Implementing Decision. The Commercial Service will complement the Galileo Open Service by providing an additional navigation signal and added-value services in a different frequency band.... read more

Emergency 112 calls in Europe saving lives with GNSS

February 14, 2017By
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On Feb. 11, the European Union (EU) celebrated 112 Day in honor of the single European emergency phone number. The 112 system uses Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to receive location information from mobile phones. Every year, about 300,000 people who call the emergency services cannot describe their location because they may not know where they are, because they are too... read more

Galileo clock anomalies under investigation

January 19, 2017By
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The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a press release addressing the Galileo clock failures reported Jan. 18. 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... read more

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NSL CEO Vidal Ashkenazi honored with Queen’s OBE

January 11, 2017By
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Vidal Ashkenazi, founder and CEO of Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL), has been awarded an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Science. An OBE is a Queen’s honor given to an individual for a major role in any activity such as business, charity or the public sector. OBE stands for Officer of the Most Excellent Order... read more

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Galileo declares: Open for business!

January 11, 2017By
Galileo Goes Live! ceremony in Brussels: European Commission Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič, responsible for the Energy Union, and Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, count down to hit the “Go” button.

At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. Plus: Ground control upgrade for GPS III approved; GPS funded at $847 million for FY 2017. 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

New defense signals offered, new defense editor sought

December 20, 2016By
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Two important new signals — or rather, one signal and one group of signals — became available for military users worldwide last week. Satelles made an exciting announcement of what amounts to a new dimension in satnav: a whole new constellation in low-Earth orbit, bringing global coverage and most critically, a signal strength hitherto unknown to GNSS users. The satellite... read more

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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