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Working Papers • November/December 2008

GNSS in Space: Part 1

Formation flying (FF) creates large spaceborne instruments by using several smaller satellites in close formation. The concept requires very accurate relative positioning and orientation of the spacecrafts, the complexity of which is largely outweighed by the enormous benefit of the extended instrument size compared to traditional one-satellite configurations.

Ventures • November 12, 2008

Blaupunkt Chooses u-blox to Supply GNSS Receivers

Blaupunkt, a leading supplier of automotive systems, has signed a “frame” agreement with u-blox to supply GPS and Galileo receiver technology for navigation, driver-assistance, and related in-vehicle systems.

New Builds • October 16, 2008

u-blox Launches New GPS Modules, Wins Frost & Sullivan Award

Two new GPS modules based on the award-winning u-blox 5 engine and the NEO form factor — the NEO5D and NEO5G — have been announced by the Thalwil, Switzerland–based company.

Inside GNSS • Fall 2008

Galileo’s New Era

A paraphrase of Julius Caesar may be in order here: “Galileo est omnis divisa in partes tres.” Because, as with any global navigation satellite system, Galileo as a whole is divided into three main parts: the political, the infrastructural, and the user application marketplace.

October 25, 2008

U.S.-European Meeting Reaffirms GPS/Galileo Cooperation

Representatives of the United States and the European Community (EC) meeting October 23 in Washington, D.C., reaffirmed their commitment to the 2004 cooperation agreement on Galileo and GPS in the first plenary session convened under the agreement.

Events • October 25, 2008

UK Firm Snags Galileo Masters Awards

A UK start-up company, Sci-Tech Systems Ltd., gathered three prizes in the 2008 European Satellite Navigation Competition — including the overall Galileo Master Award — with a tracking system designed to help rescue persons who have fallen overboard from ships at sea.

October 15, 2008

Surrey Satellite Receives ESA GIOVE Award

British small satellite manufacturer, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), has received an award from the European Space Agency (ESA) acknowledging the successful GIOVE A mission and the company’s contribution to the success of the Galileo program.

New Builds • October 2, 2008

u-blox Chooses NavX-NCS for Galileo Testing

u-blox AG has selected the NavX-NCS, a multi-constellation and multi-frequency GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator from IFEN GmbH, as the Galileo reference for its receiver development and testing.

September 29, 2008

The EU's Galileo Satellite Navigation System: ‘Step-by-Step’ Progress

One is tempted to paraphrase Julius Caesar, “Galileo est omnis divisa in partes tres,” because, as with any global navigation satellite system, Galileo as a whole is divided into three main parts: the political, the infrastructural, and the user application marketplace.

September 22, 2008

Galileo FOC Procurement 'Short List' Announced

Eleven contenders have been selected to build elements of the Galileo system — the so-called fully operational capability (FOC) infrastructure.
In a September 19 announcement, the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA) said they had chosen the candidates out of 21 applicants in the initial phase of the procurement procedure.

Following an invitation issued July 1, interested parties submitted a “Request to participate.” Candidates were short-listed on the basis of pre-defined selection and exclusion criteria.

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