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DoT Plan for GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Study to Get Airing

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 29.08.2014.

Galileo Soyuz Launches May Be Frozen Following Launch Anomaly; Board of Inquiry, Internal EC Task Force to Study Situation

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 23.08.2014.

GNSS Charts Drought-Driven Tectonic ‘Uplift’ in Western U.S.

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.08.2014.

Precise GNSS measurements have revealed that the severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns, according to scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego.

Galileo Teams Investigating 'Injection Anomaly' of FOC Satellites

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 23.08.2014.

European Space Agency (ESA) and industry officials said today (August 23, 2014) that they are investigating Arianespace’s announcements about anomalies in the orbit injection of the Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellites launched Friday.

“Complementary observations gathered after separation of the Galileo FOC M1 satellites on Soyuz Flight VS09 have highlighted a discrepancy between targeted and reached orbit,” according to a Friday statement by Arianespace, which leads the industry team handline the launch of the first Galileo FOCs.

NovAtel Introduces an IMU Option for SPAN GNSS/INS Products That Can Travel

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.08.2014.

NovAtel Inc. has announced the addition of the IMU-ISA-100C as an inertial measurement Unit (IMU) option for its SPAN GNSS+INS line of positioning products.

According to the company, the IMU-ISA-100C is a high-performance, near–navigation-grade IMU that provides a solution for platform stabilization, general purpose navigation, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and ground mobile mapping applications.

Europe Puts First FOC Satellites into Orbit

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.08.2014.

After 20 years of discussion, conceptualization, political struggle, and technical reverses, Europe has placed its first two fully operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites into orbit today (August 22, 2014).

The Galileo 5 and 6 satellites were carried aloft on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana at 12:27 GMT (14:27 CEST, 09:27 a.m. local time). They join the Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites 1–4, one of which has been offline since May.

Weather Delays Galileo Launch

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 21.08.2014.

Due to unfavorable weather conditions of the Guiana Space Center near Kourou, French Guiana, Arianespace decided to postpone the launch scheduled for today (August 21, 2014) of Soyuz flight VS09 carrying Europe's fifth and sixth Galileo satellites — and the first of the fully operational capability (FOC) spacecraft.

A tropical disturbance in the Atlantic Ocean nearing the Lesser Antilles (see NOAA satellite image) could potentially developed into a tropical depression or tropical storm.

Despite Congressional Support, 2015 GPS Budget Drops

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 18.08.2014.

Digital Nav Payload Emerges as Factor in GPS III Re-Bid

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 18.08.2014.

General Hyten Takes Command of AFSPC

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.08.2014.

General John E. Hyten became the 16th commander of Air Force Space Command, in a change-of-command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado today (August 15, 2014), replacing General William L. Shelton.

General Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony.

As Galileo FOCs Near Launch, EC Holds Public Consultation on Open Service ICD

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.08.2014.

The European Commission (EC) has opened a public consultation on a newly revised version of the Galileo Open Service Signal in Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD).
The consultation will take place through September 22, overlapping the scheduled first launch of fully operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites on August 21. Details of the consultation process can be found on the EC Directorate-General for Enterprise website.

Schools Square Off to Serve as FAA’s New UAS Center of Excellence.

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.08.2014.

Universities must declare by August 22 if they will seek to lead a new federal research effort on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a contest that is expected to be fiercely competitive despite the low level of funding guaranteed for the program so far.

DoT Sets Workshop on GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.08.2014.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) will host a workshop on September 18 to discuss implementation of a GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility (ABC) Assessment initiative.

GPS IIF-7 Successfully Launched

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 02.08.2014.

[Updated August 4, 2014] The U.S. Air Force launched the seventh GPS Block IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on August 1, 2014, at 11:23 p.m. EDT.

According to the USAF 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), the satellite (also designated as SVN-68/PRN-9), will replace SVN-43 in the GPS orbital plane F, slot 3 (F3). (The pseudorandom noise code assigned to SVN-68 is not PRN-03 as previously reported. PRN-03 is currently planned for use aboard IIF-8/SVN-69, tentatively scheduled to launch October 29, 2014.) 

GPS Directorate to Hold Public Forum for Feedback on GPS Technical Specifications

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 29.07.2014.

The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate will host an open public forum on August 22 for the following NAVSTAR GPS public documents: IS-GPS-200 (Navigation User Interfaces), IS-GPS-705 (User Segment L5 Interfaces), IS-GPS-800 (User Segment L1C Interface), and ICD-GPS-870 (Navstar Next Generation GPS Operational Control Segment [OCX] to User Support Community Interfaces).