Aerospace and Defense

ESA Trainees Develop Smartphone Apps to View Galileo Satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently ran an internal competition for its trainees to develop an app capable of making positioning fixes using only Galileo satellites. ESA challenged these young graduate and national trainees to develop smartphone apps to perform satellite navigation fixes solely with the use of Galileo satellites. Three teams developed apps in their spare time, presenting their results to a jury of experts from ESA, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and Google.

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By Inside GNSS
July 22, 2018

ESA Initiative Seeks to Boost GNSS Applications in European Rail Network

July 17, 2018

GPS Budget On Track for Near-Full Funding

Senate Seeks Report on OCX Alternative

Both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee have now passed their spending bills, largely agreeing with the White House and their House counterparts on funding levels for the GPS program with the exceptions of nearly tripling the House cut to the GPS IIIF program and taking a shot across the bow of the new GPS ground system.

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By Dee Ann Divis
July 11, 2018

Harris Corp. Awarded $1.5B in IDIQ Contracts to Enhance NGA’s Global Geospatial Databases

Harris Corporation has been awarded three multi-award IDIQ contracts with ceilings totaling $1.5 billion to provide the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) with geospatial data services for up to 10 years.

Harris will create, manage and disseminate high-quality geospatial-intelligence (GEOINT) information for use by the U.S. intelligence community and military worldwide under contracts that cover all three areas of NGA’s JANUS program – geography, imagery and elevation.

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By Inside GNSS
July 9, 2018

Joint Navigation Conference (JNC)

The Military Division of the Institute of Navigation (ION) will host the 2018 Joint Navigation Conference (JNC 2018) for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security this summer in Long Beach, California. The theme of this year’s conference will be: Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technologies: The Foundation for Military Ops and Homeland Security.

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By Inside GNSS
July 5, 2018

Atos Launches Compact, Multifunction Satellite Power Testing System

Atos recently announced the launch of ProUST univerSAS (Protection Unit for Satellite Testing), its lightweight, compact satellite power testing system designed to improve high-volume satellite production by increasing the speed and efficiency of testing, while maintaining the industry’s quality and safety standards.

ProUST univerSAS is the first product following Atos’ recent acquisition of Siemens Convergence Creators (CVC), resulting in reinforced capabilities in the space market. The product is the latest addition toAtos’ integrated suite of electrical satellite testing solutions – EGSE (Electrical Ground Support Equipment) – which ensures that satellites’ systems are in optimum condition in order to work flawlessly during their entire lifespan in-orbit.

The ProUST univerSAS is a compact and power-dense satellite power testing system, said to delivermore than 16kW of power in just 2HU (~10cm). It is unique in that it can test numerous power configurations (Solar Array Simulation, Battery Simulation and Load Simulation) in one single device.

New Space challenges require a new kind of equipment

This system supports manufacturers to meet today’s ambitious high-volume production loads and adapt from traditional, mostly manual assembly, towards a more efficient manufacturing process. Its light weight, compact size, versatility and portability enables manufacturers to save on space and costs and improve on efficiency for faster development and testing cycles, using one single device.

“The introduction of ProUST univerSAS marks a new era in satellite power test system design. We are bringing together unprecedented power handling capability and versatility with assembly-line efficiency for the space industry. The system’s mobility facilitates flexible deployment in state-of-the-art production facilities around the globe, making it a natural building block of today’s and tomorrow’s satellite manufacturing installations,”Hans-Martin Steiner, CTO Space & Avionics at Atos, said in a press release.

Atos is experienced in providing effective solutions to the space industry, including those used in ground mission and control centers. It is also a pioneer in the development of Earth Observation Data exploitation platforms and is fostering innovation with numerous R&D projects.

By Inside GNSS
July 3, 2018

Industry Space Days Returns to European Space Research and Technology Center in Sept.

The Industry Space Days (ISD) is a unique event which provides an excellent opportunity for the European space community to meet and discuss prospective business. Described as the largest space innovation B-to-B meeting event, it will be held on September 11-12, 2018 at the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The ISD guarantees the opportunity to pre-arrange and have a significant number of meetings with potential partners. Companies, in particular SMEs, can present their distinctive competences and products and build new partnerships during B2B meetings. In 2018 the event is also open to international buyers searching for European suppliers.

Register for the European Space Agency’s Industry Space Days to take part in the “most important B2B event dedicated to space technology, products & services in Europe”.

ISD includes a technical exhibition, and conferences & workshops.

Registration closes July 27, 2018. To register, click here.

By Inside GNSS