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Monday, September 15th, 2014

European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency and EUROCONTROL Announce Cooperation Agreement

In the presence of the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and EUROCONTROL have signed a new cooperation agreement. The objective of the agreement is to jointly contribute to the implementation of European Union GNSS policies as they apply to the field of aviation.

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

GPS IIR/IIR-M Satellites Reach 200 Years of Combined Operational Life

The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of Global Positioning System (GPS) Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin , have reached 200 collective years of operational life. These 20 satellites — about two thirds of the current GPS constellation – help deliver precise positioning, navigation and timing services to more than one billion

Friday, August 29th, 2014

EU Satellite Fired Into Wrong Orbit by ‘Software Bug’

Two satellites commissioned by the European Union were accidentally sent into the wrong orbit at launch because of a simple software bug – potentially rendering the multi-million pound devices less capable than intended, or even entirely useless. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that a software error in the upper stage, which was developed by a Russian

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Update on Galileo Launch Injection Anomaly

Work at ESA’s ESOC control centre continues relentlessly on the two Galileo satellites. Despite the non-nominal orbit, the satellites are safely under control after they were released from the launcher upper stage and their orbital position was determined by the European ground teams deployed at ESOC in Darmstadt, Germany.

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Trimble Introduces State-of-the-Art Integrated Seismic and Geodetic System for Earth Sciences and Infrastructure Monitoring Applications

Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today an integrated Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications―the Trimble® SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system. The SG160-09 provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for buildings, bridges,

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

First Galileo Spacecraft Launched Carrying Navigational Payloads Supplied by UK Company, SSTL

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is delighted that the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) spacecraft, carrying navigation payloads supplied by the Company, have been launched successfully today.   The satellites were launched from Kourou, French Guiana on-board the medium-lift Soyuz launch vehicle operated by Arianespace.

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Europe to Launch New Generation Global Positioning Satellites

Europe on Thursday is slated to launch the first of a new generation of global-positioning satellites as it seeks to divorce itself from reliance on the Pentagon’s GPS constellation that has become the backbone of global commerce. The first pair of fully operational Galileo satellites are scheduled to be lofted into space on a Russian-designed

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Fugro Launches Seastar XP2

Fugro Satellite Positioning released its Seastar XP2 PPP GNSS augmentation service on July 1, 2014, which provides increased redundancy for mission-critical offshore GNSS position and navigation applications.

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

China’s Beidou System Gets a Commercial Partner in Alibaba

Many reports in the Chinese media have indicated that Alibaba, China’s largest e-commerce site that is on an investment spree, will team with State-owned China North Industries Group to promote the commercial uses of the Beidou navigation system. The investment has been reported at 1 billion yuan ($160 million) according to Dazhihui News Agency.

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Farming by Satellite Prize Goes to Germany

The promise of an all – expenses paid trip to Prague, a first prize of €5,000 with a day’s business mentoring, second and third prizes of €3,000 and €1,000 respectively for European teams, plus a €4,000 special Africa prize proved especially attractive to young people involved in agriculture and life sciences this year.

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