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May 13, 2011

Galileo Launch Date Set for October

[Updated June 1, 2011] Two Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites will comprise the first launch on a modified Soyuz rocket from the European Union’s spaceport in French Guiana.

Now scheduled for October 20, the launch will mark the beginning of the creation of the operational constellation for Europe’s GNSS system.

May 5, 2011

2012 European Navigation Conference to Take Place in Poland

In 2012, for the first time, the annual European Navigation Conference will take place in Gdańsk, Poland.

It will be held at April 25-27 in the Filharmonia convention hall on Olowianka Island. It is at the center of the one of the oldest Baltic cities, near many of the historical attractions of Gdańsk (Danzig).

The theme is "Navigation for the People." The conference will be held in English.

The event will also feature a technical exhbition for companies, institutes and others to demonstrate their products.

Ventures • April 9, 2011

Hey, Kids! Get Your Names on Europe's Galileo Satellites!

If you are lucky enough to be nine to eleven years old and living in Belgium or Bulgaria, you could get your name on one of the first European navigation satellites.

Two of them will launch from French Guiana in September 2011. Although Europe already has test satellites in the sky, these launches will mark the beginning of Galileo, a global navigation satellite system much like GPS.

June 6, 2011 - June 9, 2011
Orlando, Florida USA
March 17, 2011

Surrey Satellite's Galileo Payload Passes Preliminary Design Review

Navigation payloads being developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for the full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites have passed the preliminary design review (PDR) by panel including the European Space Agency (ESA), demonstrating that they have a sufficient level of design maturity.

 SSTL is teamed with OHB System of Bremen, Germany for the provision of the first 14 FOC satellites. OHB is the prime contractor and builder of the spacecraft platform.

March 18, 2011

Galileo Security, Move to Prague Top List for Des Dorides of Europe's GNSS Agency

House-hunting is turning out to be one of the first tasks facing Carlo des Dorides, new executive director of the European GNSS Agency, also known by the acronym — GSA — of its former name, the GNSS Supervisory Authority. And as with many new homeowners, security will be well up on the list of attributes.

Des Dorides is engaged in an expedited process to find a new home for the GSA in Prague, Czech Republic,

March 17, 2011

TOPCON Launches GR-5 Integrated GNSS Receiver/Antenna

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has launched its new GR-5 GNSS receiver using patented Fence Antenna technology and expanded tracking-channel support.

March 15, 2011

EGNOS Activates Safety of Life Service

On March 2, ESSP (the European Satellite Services Provider) declared the safety-of-life (SoL) signal from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) officially available for use by aviation, following European Commission (EC) authorization to provide the service.

Similar to the U.S. Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), EGNOS transmits real-time corrections to GPS signals over a large expanse of Europe and north Africa.

Events • March 13, 2011

Register Early for European Space Agency's 2011 GNSS Summer School

The 2011 International Summer School on GNSS will take place July 20 to July 30 at the GATE facility in Berchtesgaden, Germany. GATE is the German Galileo Test and Development Environment that opened in February.

September 5, 2011 - September 9, 2011
Tokyo, Japan
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