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December 15, 2016

NASA Launches CYGNSS Space-Based Hurricane Watch

NASA successfully launched eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) microsatellites this morning (December 15, 2016) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The CYGNSS spacecraft rode into orbit onboard an Orbital ATK air-launched Pegasus XL rocket. Orbital ATK's modified L-1011 aircraft deployed the Pegasus XL and its CYNGSS payload at 39,000 feet, the agency said.

December 15, 2016

All Good at ESA’s Navitec 2016

This week's Navitec Conference, entitled “Navigating the Future of Transportation,” delivered good news to an appreciative crowd at the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

December 15, 2016

European Commission Declares Galileo Initial Services Available for Use

Today (December 15, 2016) the European Commission (EC), owner of Europe’s GNSS system, Galileo, formally announced the start of Galileo Initial Services, the first step towards full operational capability.

Further launches will continue to build the satellite constellation, which will gradually improve the system performance and availability worldwide.

December 8, 2016

Two More Galileo Satellites Transmitting Navigation Signals

After months of testing, the European Space Agency (ESA) has announced that Galileo satellites 13 and 14 are transmitting healthy navigation signals and ready to relay distress calls to emergency services.

The satellites, launched from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on May 24, went through lengthy testing that included receiving and uplinking signals through specialized antennas, ESA said. Some of the tests included navigation and search and rescue payloads methodically switched on, the agency said.

December 7, 2016

Ligado Networks and Topcon Reach Spectrum Use Agreement

Ligado Networks has announced a cooperation agreement with Topcon Positioning Systems that removes another barrier to the wireless broadband company's proposed 5G network rollout.

According to a November 29 letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agreement calls for future coordination prior to network development and for any mitigation efforts. Topcon also urged the FCC to grant Ligado's modification applications to enable ground-based services on its mid-band spectrum.

December 1, 2016

U.S. Transportation Department Starts Hunt for GPS Timing Backup Supplier

Federal officials are finally moving on a year-old, two-phase plan to establish a long delayed backup for the GPS system.

November 30, 2016

GAO: New GPS Ground System, Not GPS III Engineering, Primary Cause for Delays

Government watchdogs said in a new report that schedule slippages in the new GPS ground system — which in October had another four months added to its repeatedly extended schedule — are more of a factor in delays to GPS modernization than technical problems with the satellite's payload.

November 20, 2016

GPS PNT Enhances GOES-R Space Weather Satellite Mission

A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-series (GOES-R) for National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, yesterday (November 19, 2016) headed for geosynchronous orbit.

November 17, 2016

European Commission, GSA Issue Third Call for Galileo, EGNOS R&D Contracts

The European Commission (EC) has opened the third round of competition for €33 million (US$35.15 million) in Horizon 2020 (H2020) contracts for development of European GNSS (EGNSS) applications exploiting use of Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

November 17, 2016

Europe Launches Galileo Navigation Satellite Quadruplets

A modified Ariane 5 rocket lifted four Galileo satellites into orbit today (November 17, 2016) following an 8:06 a.m. (EST) launch from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.

The Galileo satellites reached their target altitude, after a "flawless release" from the new dispenser designed to handle four satellites, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). The dispenser released the first pair three hours and 25 minutes after liftoff, while the second separated 20 minutes later.

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