The Chinese are closing in on the completion of the BeiDou constellation with 39 satellites now on-orbit and more launches planned, an official told a conference on aerospace technology innovation.
Yang Jun, deputy director of China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office, told attendees at the Shanghai event that the plan is to loft five to seven more satellites into place this year and another two to four in 2020, according to the Xinhua news agency.By Inside GNSS
China’s Xi’an Satellite Control Center recently completed a health check of more than 10 BeiDou-2 navigation satellites using a data system that slashed the analysis time from 10 hours to five minutes.By Dee Ann Divis
Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket, China sent a new satellite of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province at 2:09 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua.By Inside GNSS
UPDATE: A week after this story appeared the news broke that Fred Kennedy had quit as the head of the Air Force’s new Space Development Agency after just four months on the job. News reports suggested that issues with his boss, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin, were at the heart of the resignation. — Dee Ann Divis
The director of the Department of Defense’s new Space Development Agency (SDA) said Friday that one of his priority projects is to create an alternate GPS capability using frequencies different from those of the current constellation.By Dee Ann Divis
China’s stated goal is to have its BeiDou global navigation satellite system completed sometime in 2020, and the country made big advances toward that goal last weekend when it launched a 20th satellite late on Saturday.By Stan Goff
The China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) is an open academic platform for academic exchanges that aims at enhancing academic innovation to promote cooperation and exchanges in the field of satellite navigation. The event, which opens May 22, also is designed at strengthening technological innovation to accelerate engineering construction of satellite navigation systems, intensifying theoretical innovation to facilitate theory progress of satellite navigation and reinforcing application innovation to boost development of the satellite navigation industry.By Inside GNSS
Designed for surveying, mapping and navigation, the new REACH RS2 RTK GNSS receiver from Emlid comes with a mobile app.
Reach RS2 gets a fixed solution in just seconds and maintains robust performance even in challenging conditions, according to the manufacturer. Centimeter accuracy can be achieved on distances over 60 kilometers in RTK, and 100 kilometers in PPK mode.By Inside GNSS
Officials for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit announced the theme for the 2019 event while attending the ION GNSS+ conference in Miami last fall and are now preparing for their 2019 conference in the spring.
“Augment Yourself with GNSS…” will be the theme of the 2019 edition of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, taking place on March 25–27, 2019 at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. The organizing Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) of the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen will invite experts from all over the world to talk about the latest news on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and their role for Augmented/Mixed Reality as well as other up-to-date technologies.By Inside GNSS
China’s development of the BeiDou system continues with the release of updated technical information and plans for more launches as well as what appears to be a practical demonstration of the constellation’s global messaging capability.By Dee Ann Divis
NovAtel Inc. has announced the 7.05.04 firmware release for its OEM7 series family of receivers, and with this release NavIC L5 signals are now available on NovAtel OEM7 receivers.By Inside GNSS
Zheng Yao was born in Beijing and grew up in a house full of books. His parents provided the foundation but didn’t push him in a particular direction. When he was a teenager, a video game changed his course forever. Zheng found his own way in life, ultimately distinguishing himself as an academician, a top-flight GNSS engineer, and as a son, husband and father.By Peter Gutierrez
Allystar Technology Co. Ltd., headquartered in Shenzhen, China, has announced a multi-band multi-GNSS single chip. The new generation GNSS chipset is based on the Cynosure III architecture integrating multi-band multi-system GNSS RF and baseband.By Inside GNSS