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Two More Galileo Satellites Set Healthy

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 29.04.2016.

Europe’s latest navigation satellites, launched last December, have been officially commissioned into the Galileo constellation, and are now broadcasting working navigation signals.

Galileos 11 and 12 were launched together on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December.

The satellites’ navigation payloads were submitted to a gamut of tests, centered on the European Space Agency’s Redu center in Belgium, which possesses a 20 meter-diameter antenna to analyze the satellites’ signals in great detail.

India Completes IRNSS Constellation

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 29.04.2016.

Yesterday (April 28, 2016) the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the seventh and final spacecraft for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The satellite, IRNSS-1G, was placed into orbit by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33).

According to ISRO, the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, watched the launch and “heartily thanked and congratulated” all the scientists and ISRO team for completing the IRNSS constellation, which he dedicated to the nation as “NavIC” (Navigation Indian Constellation).

KVH Reveals Plans to Build FOG Sensor for Self-Driving Cars

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 28.04.2016.

KVH Industries, Inc., says that it is developing a fiber optic gyro (FOG)–based, low-cost inertial sensor for self-driving cars, based on its successes in autonomous vehicle prototype programs and a wide range of unmanned applications.

The Middletown, Rhode Island–based company also announced that it has introduced a developer’s kit to support integration and testing of FOG-based inertial measurement units (IMUs) for driverless cars.

SpaceX Snares GPS III Launch Services Contract

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 27.04.2016.

The Air Force announced today (April 27, 2016) the award to Space Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of an $82.7-million contract for GPS III Launch Services.

The Air Force characterized the contract as “the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade.” However, a decision last November by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed, not to compete for this GPS III launch effectively left SpaceX as the only bidder.

NovAtel Launches TerraStar-L Correction Service

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 27.04.2016.

NovAtel Inc. has announced the launch of its TerraStar-L, a new 40 centimeter precise point positioning (PPP) correction service. TerraStar-L is a subscription based correction service that delivers GNSS correction data via satellite to users of precision navigation systems.
The company says that position accuracy of 40 centimeters makes TerraStar-L ideal for broad accuracy applications such as agriculture, GIS or unmanned vehicle navigation, particularly where tree lines, buildings and other obstructions can be an impediment to continuous positioning.

Lawmaker Presses DoD on eLoran’s GPS Backup Role

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 27.04.2016.

Harxon Introduces Datalink Radio for GNSS Positioning

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 26.04.2016.

Harxon Corporation has launched the HX-DU1603D, a high-speed, Bluetooth-enabled, wireless data link designed for GNSS/RTK surveying and precise positioning.
The HX-DU1603D is a lightweight, ruggedized UHF receiver designed for digital radio communications between 410 and 470 MHz in the radio frequency spectrum using either 12.5- or 25-kilohertz channels.

European Satellite Navigation Competition Launches 2016 Edition

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 26.04.2016.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2016 — this year’s incarnation of the largest international competition for commercial GNSS applications — is once again looking for outstanding ideas and business models. Entries will be accepted from until June 30 at the ESNC website.

Major institutions and regional partners are set to award prizes worth a total of €1 million in more than 25 categories.

Russian Aerospace University Release New GPS Easy Suite

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.04.2016.

Kai Borre, now a professor and senior researcher at Russia’s Samara State Aerospace University, has released a new version of Easy Suite, a collection of Matlab-based scripts and explanatory text that illustrated a variety of common GPS issues.

The first Easy Suite files (easy1–easy10) were published in the periodical GPS Solutions in 2003. Those were augmented by a continuation (easy11–easy18) in Inside GNSS in the years 2009–2010.

ISRO to Launch Last IRNSS Spacecraft

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 21.04.2016.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced plans to launch the final satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) on April 28.

The IRNSS-1G launch is scheduled for 12:50 p.m. local time from Satish Dhawan Space Center, in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India, with the navigation payload being carried into space on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33).

DHS Demonstrates eLoran Precision Timing Technology at the New York Stock Exchange

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 20.04.2016.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today (April 20, 2016)  the successful demonstration of Enhanced Loran (eLoran) for precision timing of financial transactions at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The demonstration at the NYSE was hosted by Juniper Networks on April 19 and presented to technical representatives from the financial services, energy, and communication sectors.

EU, UK Resolve Galileo Signal Patent Dispute

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.04.2016.

The European Union (EU) has reached a deal with the British Ministry of Defense resolving a patent issue that could have limited the adoption of signals from the EU's Galileo satellite navigation constellation.

"The European Commission [EC] has secured access to UK-owned patents related to Galileo signal in space technologies which will allow for their use by chipset and receiver manufacturers on a royalty free basis," according to a joint UL/EC statement supplied by a spokesperson for the UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory.

EU Approves New Rule on Personal Data Protection, including Geolocation

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.04.2016.

Yesterday (April 14, 2016) the European Parliament approved new rules on personal data — including geolocation — that create a high, uniform level of data protection across the European Union.  The measure also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.

U.S. Military Programs Address GPS Loss, Degradation

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.04.2016.

GPS and Other Data Suggest That Climate Change Is Driving Shifts in Earth’s Polar Motion

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 15.04.2016.

NASA scientists, using GPS data collected from the space agency’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite, have concluded that shifts in geographic polar motion stem from changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) and the global cryosphere (the frozen water part of the Earth system).