TAG: GLONASS

Innovation: Laser ranging to GNSS satellites

May 24, 2017By

In this article, author Urs Hugentobler looks at the history of laser ranging to navigation satellites, how that ranging has improved the accuracy of the orbits of those satellites, and what the future portends for this important contribution to space geodesy. read more

Russia commissions GLONASS station in Nicaragua

April 7, 2017By

On April 6, Russia commissioned a new GLONASS ground station in Managua, Nicaragua — its first in Central America. The station was created under a Jan. 26, 2012, agreement between the two countries to cooperate in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. GLONASS consists of 24 satellites orbiting at a medium height of 19140 km in three planes with inclination of... read more

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Top-level updates from Munich summit on four GNSS

March 22, 2017By

Here’s a panorama in broad strokes across the range of GNSSs, garnered from top system spokespersons at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit. It’s been several years since breaking news was aired at this annual late winter/early spring event, but it’s always good for a wide-ranging update, recalibrating levels, so to speak. GPS. With 31 operational satellites (24 is baseline) and... read more

GLONASS ground station goes live in South Africa

March 6, 2017By

A GLONASS ground station was officially commissioned in South Africa on Feb. 27. “Assembling and pre-commissioning work was completed on Nov. 25 to set up a measuring station on the premises of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) as part of the agreement signed between Russia’s High-Precision Instrument Systems Company and South Africa’s HartRAO on Oct. 29, 2015,” said the... read more

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R&S simulator tests Russia’s emergency call system

January 10, 2017By

New cars for the Russian market must be equipped with the automatic ERA-GLONASS emergency call system. For certification of these in-vehicle systems, both conformance and performance tests are mandatory, in line with the Russian GOST R 55534 specification. For both types of tests, the Russian Certification Center Svyaz-Certificate uses standard-compliant test solutions from Rohde & Schwarz. Manufacturers and component suppliers... read more

GNSS CEOs see bright future, alternative PNT promises well

December 28, 2016By

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

Expert Opinions: Projection of 2017 PNT developments

December 12, 2016By

Q: What significant new developments in positioning, navigation or timing can we anticipate in 2017? A: With increasing focus on robust and resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), the industry must respond with improved access to accurate and trusted position and timing, particularly for the warfighter. For military vehicles, this translates to a requirement for improved navigation systems that will... read more

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Directions 2017: New GLONASS capabilities for users

In October 2017 we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first GLONASS satellite launch. Since 1982, the capabilities provided by GLONASS satellites have multiplied and the system’s ground infrastructure has expanded beyond the Russian Federation. Growing demand for satellite navigation services and increasing user requirements call for continuing modernization, which is only possible if advanced, technically complex solutions are... read more

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