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November 3, 2011

Roscosmos Delays GLONASS Launch

The Russian Federal Space Agency has delayed launch of three GLONASS-M satellites scheduled for today (November 3, 2011), according to  the Russian state information agency RIA Novosti has reported. The agency provided no additional details on the cause of the one-day delay.

The launch will take place from the Baikonur space facility in Kazakhstan using the Proton-M carrier rocket, equipped with a Briz-M upper stager

November 1, 2011

FCC Moves Against Online Retailers of GPS Jammers

Increasing incidences of interference to GNSS signals has led to a crackdown on Internet-based companies offering devices to jam cell phone, Wi-Fi, and GPS signals.

In October, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Enforcement Bureau issued 21 enforcement actions against online retailers in 12 states for illegally marketing more than 215 different models of wireless communications jammers, including nearly 80 types of devices that could jam GPS signals.

November 1, 2011

Galileo Satellites Will End Early Operations Phase Soon, Navigation Signals to Follow

Preparations to bring the first operational Galileo satellites on-line are continuing apace.

The Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP)  phase will end tomorrow (November 2, 2011) for the In-Orbit Validation (IOV) spacecraft that were launched on October 21, and transmission of the first navigation signal can be expected in about 10 days from now, according to a European Space Agency (ESA) source.

October 31, 2011

More Lobbyists Join LightSquared’s Battle with GPS Community

LightSquared is literally pumping up the volume in its efforts to win support for its proposed broadband network adding a host of new lobbyists and a radio campaign to its existing stable of advocates and print advertising efforts.

October 31, 2011

Russian Plans Four GLONASS-M Launches in November, System Nears FOC

Russia plans to add four GLONASS-M satellites to its constellation in November, which should bring the GNSS system to fully operational capability (FOC).

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) website indicates that a launch of three GLONASS-Ms on board a Proton-M rocket will take place this Thursday (November 3, 2011) from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan.

October 29, 2011

Getting Personal: LightSquared-GPS Interference Issue May Heat Up PNT Advisory Board Meeting

The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board will meet next week, where the issue of interference to GPS from LightSquared’s terrestrial wireless broadband transmitters will get another airing.

October 21, 2011

They Are Up! EU Launches First Galileo IOV Satellites

As the first two operational Galileo satellites enter orbit following this morning's launch (October 21, 2011), a closely knit team of engineers from the European Space Ageny (ESA) and CNES, France's space agency, assumed control.

October 20, 2011

Augmented Reality System Wins Top Prizes in 2011 European Satellite Navigation Competition

MVS-California, LLC, winner of the USA Challenge, took the top global prize in this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) with the company’s True3D Head Up Display & Navigation System.
The company’s innovation is an augmented reality navigational display engine designed to provide non-distracting, translucent location guidance to untrained operators of any type of vehicle.

October 20, 2011

Leaky Fuel Valve Delays Galileo Launch

A faulty valve that caused a fuel leak has delayed today’s (October 20, 2011) planned launch of the first Galileo in-orbit vehicle (IOV).

Arianespace said the would be postponed until Friday (October 21, 2011) because a problem in a valve used to disconnect the rocket's fueling system on take-off had led to the disconnection mechanism being triggered ahead of the take-off.

The Soyuz ST-B had moved to its launch pad last week and the Upper Composite containing twin Galileo IOVs placed on top of it.

October 14, 2011

Galileo: At Long Last, Launch

Launch of two Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites next week will bring Europe’s long-awaited (and much-delayed) GNSS program into a new phase.

Liftoff from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, at 11:34 GMT (7:34 a.m. local time). Progress in the operations and news updates can be viewed online at the European Space Agency website.

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