TAG: In-Orbit Validation

Four Galileo Birds Sighted over Asia

April 2, 2013By
Figure 1. Positions obtained by only Galileo E1 Open Service (the antenna is located at the roof of the Ta Quang Buu library building inside HUST campus)

Scientists in Hanoi, Vietnam, send word that on March 27 the four Galileo in-orbit validation satellites were visible at the same time in the sky over that Southeast Asian country for nearly two hours (from 2:15 to 4:00 GMT) while transmitting a valid navigation message. The research team of the NAVIS Centre at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)... read more

PLAN Group Tracks Galileo Satellites for Positioning in Canada

March 15, 2013By

by James T. Curran, Mark Petovello, and Gérard Lachapelle Within a day of their initial activation over central Europe on March 12, Galileo satellites were visible over North America. The PLAN Group of the University of Calgary was successful in capturing and processing the signals from these satellites as they emerged. Galileo PRN 11, 12, and 19 were found and... read more

Septentrio Makes Galileo and Four-Constellation Position Fixes

March 14, 2013By
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Septentrio became the first receiver manufacturer to report an autonomous real-time position calculation using Galileo IOV satellites, with its own standard commercial receiver. The company based in Leuven, Belgium announced on March 12 that it performed a first autonomous real-time Galileo position, velocity, and timing (PVT) calculation, based on live Interface Control Document (ICD)-compliant Galileo messages from the four Galileo... read more

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Signal Decoding with Conventional Receiver and Antenna

February 1, 2013By
Figure 7  Signal-to-noise-density ratio of E1 (red), E5a (magenta), E5b (blue), and E6 (green) code tracking of Galileo IOV satellite PRN 11 on December 21–22, 2012.

A method of decoding an unknown pseudorandom noise code uses a conventional GNSS antenna and receiver with modified firmware. The method was verified using the signals from the Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites. read more

Transmissions from Galileo Satellite IOV-4 Begin

December 13, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. The Technische Universitaet Muenchen has reported that transmissions of the L1/E1 signal from Galileo satellite IOV-4 (FM-4) started at about 17:15:10 GPS Time December 12. The navigation signals of both of the recently launched in-orbit validation satellites have now been activated. A number of stations in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation as well as... read more

Transmissions from Galileo Satellite IOV-3 Have Begun

December 3, 2012By
Javier Benedicto, ESA's Galileo Project Manager, looks on as Europe's own satellite navigation system performs its historic first position fix of longitude, latitude and altitude. The position fix took place at the Navigation Laboratory at ESA’s technical heart ESTEC, in Noordwijk, the Netherlands on the morning of 12 March, with an accuracy between 10 and 15 metres – expected taking into account the limited infrastructure deployed so far. Horizontal accuracy reached as high as 6 m. The left-side screen shows the position fix while the right side screen shows the position of the four Galileo satellites and their current signal coverage.

According to a report from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, transmissions of the L1/E1 signal from the recently launched Galileo satellite IOV-3 (FM-3) started at about 13:55:20 GPS Time December 1. Transmissions from IOV-3 of the E5 signal began December 2. By December 4, all three Galileo bands, including E6, were being broadcast, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). Several... read more

The System: Patent Attempt on GPS, Galileo Signals Appears Done

December 1, 2012By

One of the GNSS controversies of the past year ended, not with a bang nor with a whimper, but like the fog, silently creeping away on its little cat feet. The UK patent applications against the interoperative GPS/Galileo signal design appear to have been dropped. Vague rumblings emerged throughout spring and summer this year that two British technologists, backed by... read more

First Results: Precise Positioning with Galileo Prototype Satellites

September 10, 2012By
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By Richard B. Langley, Simon Banville, and Peter Steigenberger. For a brief period, and for a few hours on certain days, signals from the first four orbiting Galileo satellites could be received by state-of-the-art multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS receivers. Although not intended for actual positioning tests, the satellites did provide a first opportunity to assess the prototype Galileo signals in the... read more

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