May 30, 2019

Air Force Lab Plans R&D into Celestial-Aided Navigation Tech

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is considering a contract for research and development of celestial-aided navigation technologies. The primary focus is to develop a Star Tracker that can reliably perform celestial sightings for sensor altitudes between 30,000 feet and 80,000 feet. The goal is to reduce the risks to guidance, navigation and control in GPS-denied environments, especially for operations over feature-poor terrain such as desert, water, snow and ice where existing terrain-aided methods may not be used for position, navigation, and timing (PNT) updates.

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By Inside GNSS
March 28, 2019

Former Senior Intel Leader Gen. Denker Joins Lockheed Martin

HERNDON, Va., – The former deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Major General (ret.) Stephen Denker, will join Lockheed Martin to lead key satellite ground programs, effective Monday, April 1. Denker will oversee Intelligence and Analytic Development programs in support of space ground systems within the Mission Solutions line of business for Lockheed Martin Space.

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By Inside GNSS
March 14, 2019

European Space Sector Gets Defensive

Officials representing the European Union are now publicly advancing the use of EU space assets, including the Galileo satellite-based navigation system, for military purposes. Galileo has traditionally been touted as a purely civil, purely nonmilitary system, but times and circumstances are changing.

The theme of the EU Space Week session Security and Defense was established by the introductory text that appeared in the event’s program: “The development of the European space sector has, from the outset, been linked to security, either that of the Member States or the EU itself.”

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By Peter Gutierrez
March 6, 2019

Stanford, ESA Challenging AI to Pinpoint State of Drifting Satellites

With a collection of some of the best researchers in space and aeronautics involved, the sky may indeed just be the limit.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Stanford University are challenging global artificial intelligence (AI) specialists to train software to judge the position and orientation of a drifting satellite with a single glance. Such a skill could be used in the future for servicing or salvaging spacecraft, according to the ESA.

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By Stan Goff
February 8, 2019

SATELLITE 2019 Returns to DC in May

SATELLITE 2019 is a global show designed for anyone from anywhere in the world who is looking to better their business operations or enhance their strategy through connectivity and by joining thousands with the same mindset. The conference will be held May 6-9, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.

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By Inside GNSS
December 17, 2018

Rocket Lab Successfully Launches NASA CubeSats to Orbit on Venture Class Launch Services Mission

U.S. small satellite launch company Rocket Lab has launched its third orbital mission of 2018, successfully deploying satellites to orbit for NASA. The mission, designated Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ELaNa)-19 , took place just over a month after Rocket Lab’s last successful orbital launch, “It’s Business Time.” Rocket Lab has launched a total of 24 satellites to orbit in 2018.

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By Inside GNSS