Compass/Beidou

June 15, 2016

China Places 23rd BeiDou Satellite into Orbit

A Long March-3C carrier rocket carrying the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) lifts off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on June 12, 2016. (Xinhua photo/Yang Zhiyuan)

China launched another BeiDou satellite on Sunday (June 12, 2016, local time) to support its GNSS constellation.

The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 23rd satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), a new-generation BeiDou-2 spacecraaft, and the seventh geostationary Earth orbit satellite (GEO) in the BeiDou constellation.

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By Inside GNSS
May 26, 2016

2016 ITS & LBS China Expo

A view of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center

The 5th International Intelligent Transportation System and Location-based Services expo will take place in Shenzhen (深圳), China on June 17, 18 and 19, 2016. It will take place in Hall 9 of the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center in the city center.

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By Inside GNSS
April 5, 2016

China Launches BeiDou IGSO Spacecraft

With little fanfare or prior announcement, China launched another second-generation BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) satellite last week, the 22nd in the nation’s GNSS program.

The satellite launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan on March 29 local time on board a Long March-3A carrier rocket.

An inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) spacecraft designated Beidou-2 IGSO-6, it is expected to operate at an altitude of about 22,000 miles (35,400 kilometers) with an inclination of about 55 degrees.

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By Inside GNSS
March 28, 2016

GNSS Hotspots

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859
1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman image)
Nouméa ground station after the flood
A pencil and a coffee cup show the size of NASA’s teeny tiny PhoneSat
Bonus Hotspot: Naro Tartaruga AUV
Pacific lamprey spawning (photo by Jeremy Monroe, Fresh Waters Illustrated)
“Return of the Bucentaurn to the Molo on Ascension Day”, by (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto
The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock at 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB in Colorado. This photo was taken in January, 2006 during the addition of a leap second. The USNO master clocks control GPS timing. They are accurate to within one second every 20 million years (Satellites are so picky! Humans, on the other hand, just want to know if we’re too late for lunch) USAF photo by A1C Jason Ridder.
Detail of Compass/ BeiDou2 system diagram
Hotspot 6: Beluga A300 600ST

 Dangerous Games in Rio, Animal Trackers, Chinese Logistics and The Radiation Club

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By Inside GNSS
March 16, 2016

OriginGPS Shrinks Multi-GNSS Module

OriginGPS has launched its Multi Micro Spider multi-GNSS module, which features a 5.6 x 5.6-millimeter footprint and 2.65-millimeter height.

Like its predecessor, the Multi Micro Hornet (which measured 10 x 10 x 6.1 millimeters), the ORG4033 uses MediaTek’s MT3333 and is positioned for applications that require minimal power consumption and ultra-small form factors, ranging from wearables to drones. Unlike the Hornet, the Multi Micro Spider supports Europe’s Galileo system as well as GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou.

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By Inside GNSS
March 15, 2016

GNSS Leaders Reveal Plans at Munich Summit

Representatives of the world’s GNSS providers outlined the current plans and progress of their systems at the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.

BeiDou has entered its transition period from Phase II to Phase III, with test and validation of the next phase with its new signal structures and frequencies taking place through the second half of 2017, said Jun Shen, deputy director for International Research at the China Satellite Navigation Office. In the meantime, “there will be a coexisting of Phase II/III BeiDou signals.

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By Inside GNSS
February 2, 2016

China Launches New MEO BeiDou Satellite; 18 More to Come by End of 2018

Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office

[Updated February 5, 2016] China successfully completed its first BeiDou launch of the year, lifting a new-generation satellite into orbit yesterday (February 1, 2016) and adding to its 17 operational spacecraft in the nation’s GNSS constellation.

The fifth of the new series, the middle-Earth-orbiting (MEO) satellite will join its four predecessors in testing inter-satellite crosslinks and a new navigation payload that will set the framework and technical standards for global coverage, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

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By Inside GNSS
January 14, 2016

ICG-11: International Committee on GNSS

Russia will host the eleventh meeting of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) from November 6 to 11, 2016 in Sochi, on the Black Sea near Georgia. This meeting is organized by Roscosmos, the State Space Corporation. It will take place at the Pullman Sochi Center Hotel and Conference Center.

The ICG is a voluntary United Nations–backed association that brings together GNSS and augmentation providers, including the United States, Russia, European Union, China, India, and Japan.

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By Inside GNSS

CSNC 2016: China Satellite Navigation Conference

Preparing for a May 2016 event at the Hunan International Conference and Exhibition Center, Changsha.

The 7th China Satellite Navigation Conference and exhibition will take place at the Hunan International Conference & Exhibition Center in Changsha (長沙), the 3,000 year old capital city of Hunan Province on May 18, 19 and 20, 2016.

Several thousand scientists, GNSS businesses and researchers from all over the world are expected to attend this high-level annual event. The conference language will be Mandarin, with simultaneous English translation.

Topics include:

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By Inside GNSS
January 13, 2016

ICL-GNSS 2016: Localization and GNSS

The sixth international conference on localization and GNSS will take place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Casa Convalescència, a UNESCO site, on June 28, 29 and 30 in Barcelona, Spain.

ICL-GNSS covers recent research on terrestrial and satellite-based positioning techniques to provide reliable, accurate and low latency position information with the goal of inspiring new design, implementation, test and evaluation methodologies for positioning platforms.

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By Inside GNSS
December 28, 2015

Baška GNSS Conference 2015

The 10th Baška GNSS Conference will take place May 8–10, 2016, 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 conference focuses on GNSS resilience and GNSS applications development. The deadline for submitting an abstract (300 – 500 words) of a proposed paper is February 22, 2016. Please contact Renato Filjar.

Please contact Ms Sally-Anne Cooke (e-mail <conference@rin.org.uk>) or Mrs. Marija Šimić-Hlača (e-mail: <marija@pfri.hr>) for further information.

By Inside GNSS