EGNOS Services Ensured Long Term, Thanks to SES-5 GEO Satellite

September 2, 2015By

After extensive ground and space testing, the SES-5 GEO satellite has entered into the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) operational platform, broadcasting EGNOS Signal-In-Space (SIS), according to the European GNSS Agency (GSA). SES-5 — which replaces Inmarsat-4F2 — will ensure reliable EGNOS services until 2026. It has been introduced through EGNOS System Release V241M, which will enable a range of performance improvements.... read more

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Galileo E1, E5a Performance for Multi-Frequency, Multi-Constellation GBAS

April 1, 2015By

Analysis of new Galileo signals at an GBAS compares noise and multipath in their performance to GPS L1 and L5. Even after smoothing, Galileo signals perform somewhat better than GPS and are less sensitive to the smoothing time constant. read more

Activation of Pre-Operational CNAV Message Set for April 28

April 24, 2014By

U.S. Air Force Space Command will be implementing CNAV messages on the GPS L2C and L5 signals beginning April 28 at 14:30 UTC, to facilitate user familiarization and development of compatible user equipment. No GPS satellite outages or degradations are planned. The L2C and L5 CNAV messages should be transparent to users. A 30-day public comment period on the pre-operational CNAV... read more

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PNT Advisory Board Hears Air Force CNAV Plan

March 12, 2014By

The U.S. National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board has published the minutes of its December 4–5, 2013, meeting, opening with a quote from Albert Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them,” courtesy of Board Chair Dr. James Schlesinger. Among many other topics addressed, the Board heard a report... read more

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Comment Period on Pre-Operational CNAV Message Opens

March 5, 2014By
Carrier-to-noise ratio of L5 signals, measured on June 19, 2013, by  Zheng Yao and colleagues at Tsinghua University, China. Signals were analyzed from three GPS satellites whose PRN numbers are 1, 24, 25, and one QZSS satellites with the PRN of 193 at time of acquisition.

A Federal Register Notice has been published allowing for a 30-day comment period on the proposed CNAV message on L2C and L5. The notice seeks comment from the public and industry regarding plans by the U.S. Air Force to broadcast pre-operational L2C and L5 civil  navigation (CNAV) messages from certain GPS satellites beginning in April. The Department of Transportation is... read more

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Air Force Directs Early Civil Navigation (CNAV) Message-Populated L2C and L5 Signals

December 17, 2013By

The U.S. Air Force is directing transmission of continuous CNAV message-populated L2C and L5 signals starting in April 2014. The move is designed to help development of user equipment compatible with the civil signals. Full text of the CNAV memo appears below. MEMORANDUM FOR THE NATIONAL COORDINATION OFFICE FOR SPACE BASED POSITIONING, NAVIGATION AND TIMING ATTENTION: DR. JAN BRECHT-CLARK FROM:... read more

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2C or Not 2C: The First Live Broadcast of GPS CNAV Messages

July 8, 2013By

By Oliver Montenbruck, Richard B. Langley, and Peter Steigenberger Over the past several years, some users of the GPS navigation system have already benefitted from the addition of various new signals in addition to the legacy C/A- and P(Y)-code. With the introduction of the Block IIR-M satellites in 2005, a new civil signal (L2C) was transmitted on the L2 frequency,... read more

GPS CNAV Civil Capabilities Now Being Tested

June 17, 2013By

U.S. Air Force Space Command is now testing CNAV capabilities on the GPS L2 and L5 signals. The initial CNAV Live-Sky Broadcast began June 15 and will take place until June 29. Civil users and manufacturers are invited to participate. The GPS Directorate (SMC/GP) is implementing the CNAV (Civil Navigation) Test Program, conducting Live-Sky CNAV testing before deployment of the... read more

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