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China launches 16th Beidou-2 satellite

The latest satellite in China’s Beidou-2 navigation system has been launched in Xichang. The system is expected to start providing positioning and navigation services for China and neighboring areas by the end of this year. And once the system is fully established by 2020, it will play a major role in the country’s economic development and national security.

ERA-GLONASS: Russia unlocks EUR 20.7 million

Russia unlock nearly 20.7 million in 2012- 2013 for the establishment and operation of the emergency system assisted by ERAGLONASS satellite. The completion of the contract will be funded to the tune of 400 million rubles (EUR 10 million) in 2012 and 430 million rubles (10.7 million EUR) in 2013. ERA-GLONASS, an automated emergency call related to the Russian system GLONASS satellite navigation , will automatically alert the police and emergency in case of serious automobile accident by providing the coordinates of the vehicle. All new cars produced or imported in Russia will eventually equipped with this system called for reducing the rate of road deaths.

Peru to track drug production chemicals via satellite

PERU has begun using satellites to track trucks carrying legally-purchased chemicals that can be used to make cocaine. Vehicles belonging to companies authorised to import the chemicals for legal purposes must have a GPS satellite tracking system and travel on routes previously authorized by police.

Tracking live status of trains

Indian Railways has launched Rail Radar, a live train tracking service that runs on Google Maps. Available at http://, the service allows you find out the exact location of a train. This is an improved version of the earlier tracking system ‘Spot Your Train’. The opening screen of Rail Radar has a map of India that gives you the details of the trains running. On the top right is a display that shows the number of trains tracked at that point of time and the percentage of trains that are on time.

SIMRAN scrapped

In a sudden move, the Indian Railways has scrapped its successful real-time train tracking system SIMRAN (Satellite Imaging for Rail Navigation) developed by IIT-Kanpur, and has decided to create a similar website on its own. Sources said that the decision to remove IIT-Kanpur from the project was a sudden one since a section within the Railways has been lobbying to transfer the job to CRIS and Indian Railways Project Management Unit.

Karl Kovach Receives Kepler Award

The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Satellite Division awarded Karl Kovach its Johannes Kepler Award on 20 September 2012 at the ION GNSS Conference (Nashville, TN, USA) for his contributions to the development of the Navstar Global Positioning System Satellites, Operations, Signals, Receivers and Standards. Karl Kovach is a senior project leader with The Aerospace Corporation, supporting the Systems Engineering branch of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

EU to meet with China on nav dispute

The European Union (EU) and China will be meeting in December in Paris to discuss overlapping radio frequencies both plan to use for their future encrypted government/military satellite navigation services, according to a joint statement from both parties, reports Space News. The December meeting will be conducted under what the Joint Statement on Space Technology Cooperation specifies as the ITU Framework. ITU is the International Telecommunication Union of Geneva, a United Nations affiliate that regulates satellite orbital slots and frequencies. The statement was signed as an annex to a broader EU-China summit held September 20 in Brussels. As Space News reports, the two sides are continuing collaboration on satellite navigation despite the signal confl ict, which has been a subject of debate for at least two years. The 27-nation EU and China have agreed to continue the China-Europe GNSS Technology Training and Cooperation Center.

LightSquared pitches new plans to FCC

LightSquared Inc., sought regulatory approval for a plan it believes will overcome the technical problems that have postponed its launch of a next-generation network and tipped the company into bankruptcy protection. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, LightSquared said it would use its broadband network in a way that would address concerns that its signals interfere with GPS. In a second filing, the company said it would forgo using the airwaves that triggered those GPS interference worries in the first place.

Rockwell Collins to develop GPS Jamming and Spoofing detection technology

The Office of Naval Research, USA has awarded Rockwell Collins a contract to develop technology to locate and classify an adversary’s attempts to interfere with GPS signals and disrupt military operations. The three-year contract for the Modernized Integrated Spoofer Tracking (MIST) program calls for Rockwell Collins to develop technology and prototype system concepts to detect and locate the sources of transmitted signals that are intended to disrupt the warfighter’s ability to navigate and communicate.

China’s expanding GPS protecting fishing

The Beidou Satellite Navigation System, is helping to improve fishing safety and saves lives after being installed onall finhery patrol vessels. The number of urgent alerts received by the South China Sea fishery administration, affiliated to the Ministry of Agriculture, has reached 200 since the Beidou system was first installed in 2008.

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