SEAGAL Project Collaboration Centre Opening in SE Asia
The Collaboration Centre on satellite navigation in South East Asia, whose setup has been co-funded by the EU, will open in Hanoi (Vietnam) on October the 1st at the presence of the Ambassador of the EU to Vietnam, Mr. Sean Doyle.
The Opening will be preceded by the Third International SEAGAL Workshop on Satellite Navigation and its Applications (September 28th-30th). The Workshop will focus on the “state of the art” in satellite navigation. The new Collaboration Centre is the joint product of the work of leading European and Asian technical universities. The Centre is focused on satellite navigation technology, with particular emphasis on the European Galileo system. The aim is to involve all the ASEAN countries, starting from Vietnam in this first phase. The common goal is to start a new European-Asian collaboration in the satellite navigation, one of the most profitable technologies of the next future. The Centre set up is co-funded by the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Union, dedicated to research and innovation. European Union believes in this technology and it is investing €5 bln in its new Global Navigation Satellite System, Galileo.
New documents about GPS released
The new IS-GPS-200E, IS-GPS-705A, and IS-GPS-800A documents have been approved for public and are available at www.gps.gov/technical. A new section has been added on U.S. government continuity commitments for semicodeless GPS users.
Kinematic GPS challenge
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) is conducting a 12-year project to redefine the vertical datum of the US. This project, referred to as GRAV-D, Gravity for the Redefinition of the American Vertical Datum. It is accomplished by flying airborne gravity missions over the continental and coastal US. Gravity solutions require accurate sensor positioning and accelerations, which in turn requires precise and accurate GPS solutions for the aircraft.
GPS IIR Satellite surpasses 10 years on-orbit
The fifth GPS IIR-5 satellite, designed and built by Lockheed Martin has reached 10 years of successful on-orbit operations. The satellite was launched on July 16, 2000, and is one of 30 GPS spacecraft currently on-orbit.
USAF announces Civil Navigation Test Vectors
The first-ever GPS IIF space vehicle was successfully launched from Cape Canaveral AFS in May 2010. The GPS Wing historically executes an extended on-orbit checkout period for each new GPS space vehicle family to evaluate navigation signal performance and to baseline satellite operating characteristics. The GPS IIF satellite is currently in the middle of its checkout process, and civil signal monitoring is an integral part of the GPS Wing’s L-Band Signal-in- Space (SIS) performance assessment. The GPS Wing, in cooperation with the FAA and U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN), developed a small set of CNAV test vectors which will be broadcasted during this performance assessment.
Honeywell Completes CDR
Honeywell announced that its On Board Computer, Reaction Wheel Assembly and Inertial Measurement Unit, which are part of the USAF GPS III program, have successfully completed Critical Design Reviews.
ITT navigation payload passes key milestone
ITT has announced that it has passed a key milestone with the successful completion of the Critical Design Review for the Navigation Payload Element (NPE) the company is developing for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III. ITT integrates and tests the components in the NPE on to the GPS III Space Vehicle flight panel. The NPE consists of several transmitter units and the mission data unit, Atomic Frequency Time Standard; passive RF components and various harnesses and cables.
GPS to streamline Lankan Railways
The ICT Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) and the Sri Lanka Railway Department (SLR) and gTrack Solutions Private Ltd. signed a MoU recently to use GPS and GSM Technologies that would greatly enhance the railway transport management in Sri Lanka.
China launches fifth Compass Satellite
China successfully launched its 5th orbiter into space as a part of its indigenous satellite navigation and positioning network. The satellite will join another four satellites in orbit to form the COMPASS network that will eventually consist of 35 satellites.
Veripos extends GNSS networks
Veripos has extended the Baltic sector of its European multi-source Differential GPS service network with the establishment of new reference station facilities in Stockholm. Meanwhile, a new station has also been added to the Americas regional network serving offshore users in North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean with installation of similar facilities in San Diego for enhanced coverage of eastern sectors of the Pacific.
INRIX expands traffic network
INRIX has expanded its European real-time traffic coverage to 18 countries. It now covers more than 1 million kilometers of motorways, city streets and secondary roads, throughout Europe.
GLONASS to be completed by Jan
In the period before January, Russia is going to accomplish the orbital constellation of GLONASS. This would allow GLONASS to cover the entire world. Head of the Russian Space Agency Anatoli Perminov has told this to a ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the GLONASS headquarters, recently. The building will also house an office of the IT and satellite navigation agency of the UN. An upgraded version of GLONASS will be before 2020.
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Acoustic tests on new Glonass-K Satellite completed
Acoustic tests on a new generation Glonass-K navigation satellite, set for launch later this year have been completed successfully at a plant in southern Russia. “These types of experimental tests were carried out to confirm the resilience of the Glonass-K satellite to the acoustic pressure which will be applied on it when it is orbited,” a statement by the plant said.
Russia to launch 3 Glonass Satellites
A Proton-M carrier rocket bearing three Glonass-M navigation satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan in September.
GPS devices may be costlier in Russia
An import duty of up to 25% on GPS navigation equipment could be in place from January 2011 according to Sergei Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister, Russia. “It is time to introduce if not prohibitive then at least some import duties on GPS equipment,” said Ivanov. However, the official said there would be no ban on devices working with the US Global GPS, though Russia had threatened to do so. “If GLONASS-GPS equipment is imported than the duty will remain at zero level,” he said. “This way we will stimulate not only domestic but also foreign producers (to manufacture GLONASS equipment).”