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Russia will carry out 39 launches in 2009

Russia is planning to establish a world record, effectuating a total of 39 space launches in 2009, despite of the current global fi nancial crisis, according to the Russian Space Agency.

Oft delayed IR-20 launch scheduled for March’09

The GPS satellite carrying the fi rst payload to transmit the L5 signal is scheduled for launch in March. The delay has begun to concern the GNSS community, because unless a U.S. satellite begins broadcasting on the L5 frequency (1176.45 MHz) by August 26, the U.S. government may lose its International Telecommunications Union allocation for that frequency. Plans for the modernized GPS fl eet, including GPS III, call for the use of L5 as a third civilian signal, namely for safety-oflife applications. Spacefl

SiRF partners with M/A-COM Technology

Solutions SiRF Technology Holdings, Inc. has partnered with M/A-COM Technology Solutions, Inc. to help create the networked GPS module that provides location information to vehicle-based communications and entertainment systems. SiRF also introduced the GSC3e/LPa single-chip GPS receiver, which is the fi rst SiRFstarIII architecture product.

China to have global satellite navigation system by 2015

China plans to complete its independent GNSS by launching about 30 more orbiters before 2015. It plans to send 10 navigation satellites into the space in 2009 and 2010, said Zhang Xiaojin, director of astronautics department with China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. China has sent 5 positioning orbiters into the space. The current Beidou system only provides regional navigation service within China’s territory. Since Beidou’s fi fth orbiter launched in April 2007, China has started to upgrade the navigation system to the second generation, code named COMPASS.

2G satellite system on horizon

China will launch more navigation satellites next year to develop the secondgeneration Beidou satellite navigation system. According to China National Administration of Global Navigation Satellite System, it aims to complete the second-generation Beidou system by 2011,. There are currently 5 Beidou satellites in space. Xinhua News Agency

Chinese version of “Google Earth”

The State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping launched a programme to set up a service platform on national geographic information for the general public. The move marks fundamental changes in China’s traditional services to supply basic geographic information. Upon completion, the programme will provide comprehensive online geographic information services similar to “Google Earth” and “Google Maps” to all types of institutions and to the general public.

GNSS Providers Working Group to discuss compatibility, interoperability

The International Committee on GNSS (ICG) working group on compatibility and interoperability shall meet soon in Munich, Germany. The discussions will focus on compatibility and interoperability issues and system/service characteristics, such as current and planned signals, system time and geodetic reference frame standards, performance standards and actual system performance, service provision policies, and deployment and operation timetables. The result of deliberations will be used to guide the ongoing work of the ICG to encourage compatibility and interoperability among all current and future GNSS providers. www.oosa.

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