system infrastructure/technology

February 29, 2012

GPS Program Budget: A Lot, But Is It Enough?

The details of President Obama’s 2013 budget have been gradually filtering out and, in general, the GPS system and those programs closely linked to satellite navigation, have escaped deep cuts.

On the hardware side the White House has requested $58.2 for GPS IIF satellite procurement. According to Air Force budget documents, the plan is to then wrap up the total IIF procurement of 12 satellites with a request for $77.6 million in FY14 and $7.3 million in FY15.

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By Inside GNSS
December 1, 2011

Galileo Regains Momentum with Financial, Management Framework Proposals

Paul Weissenberg of the European Commission’s Enterprise and Industry directorate

After years of arduous political navigation filled with delays and disappointments, Europe’s GNSS programs appear to have found firmer ground as it heads into a crucial deployment phase.

Today (November 30, 2011), the European Commission (EC) proposed a €7 billion (US$9.41 billion) allocation for Galileo and EGNOS in the European Union’s next budget cycle (2014–2020) and delegation of the programs “exploitation” to the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the systems’ deployment, to the European Space Agency (ESA).

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By Inside GNSS
November 16, 2011

EU Launches Two Navigation Satellites; Galileo is On Its Way

Europe’s first two Galileo satellites have reached their final operating orbits, opening the way for activating and testing their navigation payloads.

Marking the formal end of their launch and early operations phase (LEOP), on November 3, control of the satellites was passed from the CNES French space agency center in Toulouse to the Galileo Control Center (GCC) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.

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By Inside GNSS
November 5, 2011

6th GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference

This annual conference on the Croatian Adriatic aims at GNSS experts and covers the risks and vulnerabilities of the global navigation satellite systems and efforts to improve accuracy and reliability.

It will take place at Baska on the resort island of Krk in Croatia from May 21 to May 24, 2012.

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By Inside GNSS
October 4, 2011

GNSS Systems Reports: Compass ICD, Expanded QZSS, GLONASS Launches, GPS Budget Issues, Galileo Reprofiling

[Updated October 3] All five of the world’s major satellite navigation systems are poised to offer new capability — if the money comes through — program representatives told attendees at the recent Institute of Navigation’s GNSS 2011 conference in Portland.

The satellite navigation systems in China, Japan, and the United States have each recently had new satellites added, while those in Russia and Europe are poised for new launches. Budgets are in flux for most systems, however, so it remains to be seen how the systems will advance over the next year.

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By Inside GNSS
September 8, 2011

Breaking the Ice

FIGURE 1: Current availability in the Arctic with VAL=35 m and HAL=40m.

The Arctic houses an estimated 90 billion barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and 44 billion barrels of natural gas liquids according to the U.S. Geological Survey. These potential energy reserves represent 13 percent of the untapped oil in the world.

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By Inside GNSS
July 11, 2011

China Satellite Conference 2011

Hotel Nikko New Century in Haidian, Beijing

This officially sanctioned conference and equipment exhibtion addresses applications, technologies and trends for China’s satellite communications, broadcasting, remote sensing, navigation and positioning.It will be held at Hotel Nikko New Century in Beijing on October 26.28, 2011.

Subjects of most interest to Inside GNSS readers include:

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By Inside GNSS