TAG: NASA

GPS aboard the world’s highest, fastest manned gliders

January 13, 2016By
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly floats aboard the International Space Station after the hatch opening of the Soyuz spacecraft Mar. 28, 2015. (Photo: NASA)

Featuring an exclusive interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly from aboard the International Space Station This month, we discuss sailplanes of all sorts and conduct a brief on-orbit interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly concerning his time piloting the space shuttle — actually a supersonic glider. We touch on the role GPS played in making it a safer rocket glider. Kelly also gives us... read more

ION GNSS+ 2015: Plenary speech with NASA’s Jim Green

November 20, 2015By

NASA’s Jim Green presents the plenary speech at ION GNSS+ 2015, where he covers exploration on Mars and other topics. read more

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Locata Positioning Will Underpin NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System Research


August 6, 2015By
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NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., according to an announcement by Locata. NASA Langley is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new 
UAS safety and technology concepts under development. The LocataNet will provide high-precision non-GPS-based... read more

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Receivers Reach New Heights

August 6, 2015By
The four MMS spacecraft host the highest ever operational GPS receivers in space. (artist’s rendition, credit: NASA)

September Marks Start of Magnetosphere Mission, but Navigators Already Perform
A NASA mission to explore magnetic reconnection also made GPS history this spring. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is flying four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation to take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission. read more

NASA Goddard Team Sets High-Flying Record with Use of GPS

July 8, 2015By
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Results are now in for NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale mission, which launched on March 12. Not only has the MMS Navigator system exceeded all of the team’s expectations, it has set the record for the highest GPS use in space. read more

Drone Delivery Test Event to Focus on Medical Service

June 19, 2015By

Drone experts will join with those from the medical field in a demonstration July 17 in Wise, Va. The event, “Let’s Fly Wisely,” aims to show how unmanned aerial systems (UAS) can alleviate the problem of health care access while creating economic opportunity for communities. Many people in Virginia and across rural America are beyond reach of essential health services... read more

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ESA Aims to Map Sea Surfaces with GNSS Radio Occultation

May 8, 2015By
The International Space Station. (Photo: ESA)

A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting. read more

NASA’s James L. Green to Headline ION GNSS+ 2015

April 22, 2015By
James L. Green, director of Planetary Science for NASA.

James L. Green, director of Planetary Science for NASA, will take the audience on a journey navigating through the solar system at The Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS+ 2015 Conference. Green’s keynote address will show new worlds and new discoveries through the eyes of NASA’s planetary spacecraft. The conference takes place Sept. 14-18 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. At NASA, Green is responsible for solar system exploration... read more