GUIANA SPACE CENTER, KOUROU – Four O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites were successfully launched by Arianespace at the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana on April 4 at 14:03 PM local time, SES announced today.By Inside GNSS
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.By Inside GNSS
The U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate achieved another major program milestone March 19, successfully delivering the second GPS III Space Vehicle to Astrotech Space Operations in Titusville, Florida, to begin satellite launch processing.By Inside GNSS
As part of its effort to stay ahead of expanding threats, the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) is looking for input from firms interested in supplying modular satellite buses to support a variety of missions including GPS, the Nuclear Detonation (NUDET) Detection System (NDS) and communications.By Inside GNSS
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.”By Peter Gutierrez
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.By Stan Goff
Astri Polska has finalized a test environment for the space-grade GNSS receivers developed within the European Space Agency’s (ESA) FLIGhT project. On February 7, the final review was approved and the FLIGhT software officially started working as a standard ESA tool in the ESTEC European Navigation Laboratory (ENL) in Noordvijk, the Netherlands.By Inside GNSS
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.By Inside GNSS
The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin the GPS Control Segment Sustainment II (GCS II) contract to continue to sustain and further modernize the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite constellation’s ground control system through 2025. This is the follow-on contract to Lockheed Martin’s current GCS contract awarded in 2013.By Inside GNSS
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.By Inside GNSS
Taking place this week in Singapore, the inaugural Smallsat Development and Commercialization Asia Summit 2018 has gathered key industry players to bring attendees an A-Z guide on ensuring smallsat project success covering the key aspects of making a business case, securing funding, feasible commercial applications, critical launch infrastructure, operating models and more.By Inside GNSS
Much has been written about great strides made with the Galileo system in recent months, including a feature article in the September/October 2018 issue of Inside GNSS that detailed the system’s performance as assessed through a set of navigation and timing figures of merit.By Inside GNSS
The new European Space Agency (ESA) GNSS Science Support Centre (GSSC) is based at ESA’s European Space Astronomy Centre, ESAC, near Madrid. Run by ESA’s Galileo Science Office, the GSSC integrates IT and satnav infrastructure to deliver advanced data processing services to the scientific community.By Inside GNSS