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February 15, 2017

GNSS Technology Helping 112 Calls in Europe Save Lives

The European Union (EU) had much reason to celebrate on February 11, a day in which it celebrated 112 Day in recognition of the single European emergency phone number system that uses Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to receive location information from mobile phones.

February 14, 2017

Bad Clocks, Brexit and More Happenings at the European Space Policy Conference

Speakers at last month’s 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels wasted no time in addressing the somewhat worrying failure of a number of Galileo onboard clocks, as revealed by European Space Agency Director General Johan-Dietrich Woerner at a press briefing earlier in January in Paris. He made clear at the time that the clock failures, while indeed troubling, had had no effect on the operational integrity of the Galileo system.

February 13, 2017

Galileo, EGNOS Network Use Demonstrating Improved Train Control in Parts of Europe

With a goal of higher rail safety, modernization of local lines, lower costs and improvement of performance for 28,000 kilometers of lines in Europe, the European project ERSAT EAV has been evaluating the adoption of the European satellite system for the local rail networks.

February 10, 2017

Galileo’s Commercial Service Implementing Decision Adoption to Bring Added Value to Users

This week’s announcement of the adoption of the Galileo Commercial Service Implementing Decision represents an opportunity for Galileo to differentiate itself from other systems and offer users an added value to the standard positioning services already available, says the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

February 7, 2017

Spirent Security Experts Predict Greater Risk to GNSS this Year

Spirent Communications plc’s annual security forecast warns of the increased likelihood of disruptions this year to a wide variety of civil and military applications relying on global navigation satellite systems — GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou.

February 6, 2017

Criminal Liability Found in 2010 Explosion of Proton/GLONASS Satellites

Back in December of 2010, Inside GNSS reported that the loss of three GLONASS-M satellites in space resulted from a series of mistakes made by the Russian Energia rocket corporation. Now, more than six years later, Russian prosecutors have wrapped up a criminal case against four employees of Energia allegedly complicit in the crash of the Proton booster with three GLONASS satellites, and they’ve sent the case files to a court of law.

February 3, 2017

ITM/PTTI addresses advances in GNSS technology, precise time

Another informative joint Institute of Navigation (ION) International Technical Meeting and Precise Time/Time Interval Meeting is in the books and attendees of the event this week in Monterey, California had the opportunity to learn and share ideas on a wide array of topics and technologies.

January 30, 2017

GPS Data Release to Boost Space-Weather Science

‘Unprecedented’ data key to understanding radiation threats to satellites and infrastructure, and expected to provide a boost to space-weather science is now available, announced a joint release from the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Los Alamos National Laboratory on January 30.

As of today, more than 16 years of space-weather data is publicly available for the first time in history. The data comes from space-weather sensors on board the nation’s GPS satellites.

January 27, 2017

NASA Workshop to Address GPS/GNSS Capabilities, Other PNT-Related Developments

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)/Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD) announces a workshop on February 16 on “Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation” to inform the U.S. industry on evolving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies and techniques being developed to enhance the operational efficiency and flexibility of future missions.

January 26, 2017

GPS Data Used by ATRI to Name Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released on January 25 its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

Congestion chokepoints hurt the economy and the environment, so the ATRI uses GPS data collected each year to help identify times and locations that truckers will want to avoid.

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