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50th GPS Satellite, Last Block IIF Launches Successfully

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 05.02.2016.

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 8:38 a.m. EST today (February 5, 2016).

New u-blox M8 Firmware Now Supports Galileo, Increases GNSS Signal Acquisition Sensitivity and Security

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 04.02.2016.

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox has announced the upcoming release of a new firmware, FW 3.01, for its u-blox M8 multi-GNSS platform.
u-blox M8 FW 3.01 will now also support Galileo in addition to GPS, GLONASS, BeiDo. It can track up to three constellations concurrently and makes use of all satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) signals and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) at the same time, according to the company.

BBC, Chronos Report on Lengthy Disruptions Caused by GPS Timing Problem

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 03.02.2016.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) said yesterday (February 2, 2016) that the recent decommissioning of a GPS satellite led to difficulties for listeners receiving digital radio signals.

In a response to the reported issues, the BBC said: "The outages were caused by a rogue GPS satellite (SVN23), which was taken out of service in the evening of 26 January."

First GPS III Satellite Completes Operational ThermoVac Testing in Simulated Harsh Space Environment

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 03.02.2016.

Lockheed Martin announced today (February 3, 2016) that the first GPS III satellite successfully completed system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing on December 23, validating the design of the entire assembled satellite.
TVAC is a rigorous test designed to prove a satellite’s integrity and operational capabilities by subjecting it to prolonged cycles of simulated space temperature extremes in a special depressurized chamber.

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

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 02.02.2016.

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.

Harris Offers Digital Navigation Payload for GPS Block III

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 01.02.2016.

Harris Corporation has announced that it will offer an all-digital navigation payload for GPS Block III space vehicles (SV) 11 and beyond.  

GPS Glitch Caused Outages, Fueled Arguments for Backup

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 29.01.2016.

Legislation to Stop U.S. Use of Russian Rocket Engines Could Affect GPS

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 29.01.2016.

GPS Experiences UTC Timing, IIF Satellite Launcher Problems

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 28.01.2016.

A couple of GPS anomalies struck yesterday (January 26, 2016), one systemic and the other delaying launch of the final Block IIF satellite.

New ESA Chief Briefs Media, Hails Galileo Progress

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 28.01.2016.

SwiftNav Releases Specs on UAV-Focus GNSS Receiver Platform

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 26.01.2016.

Having started out with a crowd source–funded launch through Kickstarter followed by two rounds of more conventional venture capital backing — $2.6 million in 2014 and another $11 million last December — San Francisco, California–based Swift Navigation is going after a low-cost, high-precision market such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with its Piksi GPS receiver platform.

Feds Reach Out to Small Companies for GPS Innovations

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 21.01.2016.

The federal government is looking to small firms to help solve some of its toughest GPS-related technology problems with many of the projects focusing on countering jamming while others endeavor to simplify signal acquisition and improve links within the constellation. A recent spate of requests for proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts have been released by various agencies. These include the following:

LightSquared Seeks FCC Approval for GPS ‘Coexistence’ Plan

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.01.2016.

GNSS Satellites Fill Launch Manifest

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.01.2016.

It will be a busy few weeks for GNSS satellite launches in January and February.

Up next is the Wednesday (January 20, 2016) is a launch of the fifth spacecraft for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).  The Indian Space Research Organization plans to complete the IRNSS constellation with two additional launches in February and March.

GPS-Aided Positive Train Control Goes Back on Transportation Safety Board's Most Wanted List for 2016

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 14.01.2016.