Environment

January 25, 2017

ESA Inside View on the Present and Future of GNSS

Miguel Mantiega Bautista talks about the ECA’s view on GNSS while attending the Navitec conference in Noordwijk.

The first generation of the Galileo Program, at satellite and ground segment level, has been “an enormous success," according to Miguel Manteiga Bautista, who spoke with Inside GNSS last December at his office at the European Space Agency’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk.

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By Inside GNSS
December 21, 2016

u-blox GNSS Module Featured in Tracking Device

NEO-M8P GNSS module. Photo Source: u-blox.

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has announced that two of its products have been used by Cobilsys to create a small, battery-powered asset tracking device.

Cobilsys’ ATPACK tracker measures 53 by 48 by 15 millimeters and can be used to track the location of cars, motorcycles, and pets, the company said. The product uses a u-blox EVA-M8M, the industry’s smallest GNSS module, which works with GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDou, the company said.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
December 13, 2016

Air Force Approves Lockheed Martin’s GPS Ground Control Design

GPS III satellites in production. Image Source: Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Air Force has approved Lockheed Martin’s current GPS satellite ground control system upgrade to enable it to operate with more powerful and accurate GPS III satellites, the company said.

The Air Force’s Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Contingency Operations (COps) contract, completed on November 17, allows Lockheed Martin to proceed with the modification of the existing Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) Operational Control Segment. The AEP, maintained by Lockheed Martin, controls the 31 GPS IIR, IIR-M and IIF satellites in orbit.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
December 9, 2016

What Should GNSS Manufacturers, Application Marketers and End Users Expect from Europe’s Galileo?

Galileo satellites in orbit (OHB artist’s rendering)

Europe’s satellite navigation system, Galileo, is about  to go operational on December 15 when the European Commission makes a Declaration of Initial Services at a special event in Brussels. With that, European satellites will provide users with global positioning, navigation and timing information for the first time.

Find out what’s in store for the international community of GNSS manufacturers, application markets and end users at a free web seminar sponsored by Inside GNSS and NovAtel on Monday, December 19.

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By Inside GNSS
December 8, 2016

Two More Galileo Satellites Transmitting Navigation Signals

After months of testing, the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that Galileo satellites 13 and 14 are transmitting healthy navigation signals and ready to relay distress calls to emergency services.

The satellites, launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on May 24, went through lengthy testing that included receiving and uplinking signals through specialized antennas, ESA said. Some of the tests included navigation and search and rescue payloads methodically switched on, the agency said.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
November 20, 2016

GPS PNT Enhances GOES-R Space Weather Satellite Mission

GOES-R primary capabilities. NOAA image

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-series (GOES-R) for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday (November 19, 2016) headed for geosynchronous orbit.

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By Inside GNSS
November 14, 2016

11th RIN Baška GNSS Conference

Baška, Croatia

The 11th RIN Baška GNSS Conference will take place May 7 – 9, 2017, in Baška, Krk Island, Croatia, organized jointly by The Royal Institute of Navigation (London, UK), Faculty of Maritime Studies (University of Rijeka, Croatia), and the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences (University of Zagreb, Croatia), with technical co-sponsorship from Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Beijing, China).

The abstract deadline is February 6, 2017. Please contact Renato Filjar.

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By Inside GNSS
September 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin Awarded $395 Million GPS III Contract Option

Littleton, Colorado-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems has received a $395 million U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center contract option to build two additional GPS III satellites. The contract option calls for long-lead and production hardware to manufacture GPS III space vehicles (SVs) 9 and 10.

“The GPS III SV 9 and 10 satellites are expected to be ready for launch in 2022, thus sustaining the GPS constellation,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center’s commander.

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By Inside GNSS