TAG: In-Orbit Validation

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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Next Galileo Satellite Reaches French Guiana Launch Site

August 9, 2012By

The next Galileo navigation satellite has touched down at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, to begin preparations for its launch in October, reports the European Space Agency. Cocooned within a protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite left the Thales Alenia Space Italy plant in Rome on Monday evening for nearby Fiumicino Airport. read more

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First Positioning Results Using Galileo Announced

July 17, 2012By

A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. The two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites launched in October 2011 joined the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element (GIOVE) satellites launched in 2005 and 2008, forming a mini-constellation. For a few hours on certain days, signals from all... read more

The System: Galileo IOV Satellites Now in Orbit

November 1, 2011By

The first two satellites for Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system were lofted into orbit October 21 by the first Russian Soyuz vehicle ever launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana in a milestone mission, reports the European Space Agency (ESA). The launch occurred one day after initially scheduled to resolve a problem with the ground-support fueling system. The Soyuz... read more

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Innovation: One Year in Orbit

September 1, 2009By
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GIOVE-B E1 CBOC Signal Quality Assessment
GIOVE-B has been in orbit for just over one year. How well is it performing? In particular, what can we say about one of GIOVE-B's pioneering features: its E1 CBOC signal? In this month's column, we take a detailed look at a particular monitoring and assessment program set up to examine the GIOVE-B signals and discuss some of its initial CBOC results. The successful operation of this program bodes well for its use in future validation campaigns. read more