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China Launches New-Generation BeiDou Satellite

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 31.03.2015.

China’s Xinhua news agency has announced the launch a new-generation BeiDou satellite at 9:52 p.m. Beijing time yesterday (March 30, 2015).

This is the first of five next-generation BeiDou that China will launch this year, Jianyun Chen, a deputy director of the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO), told a Munich Satellite Navigation Summit last week.

Indian Launches Fourth IRNSS Spacecraft

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 28.03.2015.

The fourth satellite of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, IRNSS-1D, was launched toward its intended geosynchronous orbit (GSO) today (Saturday, March 28, 2015) onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C27).

Seven satellites will comprise the IRNSS constellation being developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to provide navigational services. IRNSS will help augment the satellite-based navigation system of India, which is currently under development and will provide navigation, tracking, and mapping services to the South Asia region.

Successful Galileo FOC Launch Brings Relief to Europe’s GNSS Program

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 28.03.2015.

European space officials and engineering teams heaved a collective sigh of relief as the second attempt to launch a pair of full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites appears to have succeeded yesterday (March 27, 2015).

The EU’s Galileo satellite navigation system now has eight satellites in orbit, including four in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites launched in 2011 and 2012 and the first two FOC spacecraft placed into an anomalous orbit last August.

GSA’s GNSS Market Report #4: The Most Thorough Yet

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 25.03.2015.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) unveiled its latest GNSS Market Report today (March 25, 2015) at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.

The fourth and most comprehensive in a series of GSA studies, the 80-page report describes current and projected GNSS receiver sales by volume and value and highlights market opportunities, technology trends, and future developments of GNSS.

U.S. Air Force Gets Another GPS Satellite into Space

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 25.03.2015.

The United Launch Alliance successfully launched another U.S. Air Force GPS Block IIF satellite at 2:36 p.m. EDT today (March 25, 2015) from Cape Canaveral on board a Delta IV rocket.

The Air Force Second Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) indicates that IIF-9 (identified by space vehicle and pseudorandom noise code, respectively, as SVN-71/PRN-26) will replace SVN-35 (currently being operated in Launch, Anomaly Resolution and Disposal Operations or LADO status) in the B plane slot 1F.

Enhanced NovAtel PPP Solution Uses TerraStar-C Corrections to Yield Sub-Decimeter Positioning

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 23.03.2015.

NovAtel Inc. has announced significant performance improvements to its PPP positioning solution.

KCS TraceME RF Positioning Enhancement Targets IoT Apps

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 23.03.2015.

KCS BV, based in Dordrecht, Netherlands, has extended its TraceME product line with an advanced module, targeted for worldwide mobility in the Internet of Things  (IoT) era.

The latest development of the TraceME GPS/GPRS Track and Trace module will incorporate an RF location–based positioning solution with LoRa technology. According to the company, this combination enables “smart objects” to become even smarter, because LoRa enables long-range, battery-friendly communication in a wide variety of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

u-blox Announces Profit, Revenue Advances in 2014

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.03.2015.

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox reported revenue and profit growth in its most recent annual report, driven by strong sales in its GNSS and wireless chipset and module business.
Consolidated revenue was CHF270 million (US$276.7 million) in 2014, a growth of nearly 23 percent compared to 2013 while net profit increased by 39.6 percent to CHF34.4 million (US$35.2 million), representing a 12.7 percent net profit margin for the year.

Three GNSS Satellite Launches Coming Up

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.03.2015.

Four GNSS satellites will be launched during the coming week: a GPS Block IIF, two full operational capability (FOC) Galileo spacecraft, and an Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) satellite.

U.S. DoT Seeks Comments on eLoran Backup to GPS

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 22.03.2015.

The Federal Register will publish on Monday (March 23, 2015) a solicitation for public comment regarding “potential plans” by the U.S. government to implement an enhanced Long Range Navigation (eLoran) system as a complementary positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability to GPS.

GAO Report: More Delays, Cost Increases for OCX, GPS III

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 18.03.2015.

DHS, NIST Make Progress on Protecting GPS

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 16.03.2015.

Renewed Spectrum Fight Emerges between GPS, LightSquared at ABC Workshop

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 14.03.2015.

Second Galileo FOC Satellite Reaches Corrected Orbit

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 13.03.2015.

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today (March 13, 2015) that the second Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellite launched into the wrong orbit last August has now entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload.

Interest Grows in GPS III Follow-On Competition

From Inside GNSS News. Published on 11.03.2015.