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Second GPS III satellite assembled, ready for testing
In a specialized cleanroom designed to streamline satellite production, Lockheed Martin is in full production building GPS III - the world's most powerful GPS satellite, according to the company. The company's second GPS III satellite is now assembled and preparing for environmental testing, and the third satellite is close behind, having just received its navigation payload.
In May, the U.S. Air Force's second GPS III satellite was fully assembled and entered into Space Vehicle (SV) single line flow when Lockheed Martin technicians successfully integrated its system module, propulsion core and antenna deck. GPS III SV02 smoothly came together through a...
Continued GATE service till end of 2019
The GATE system will continue its operation until end of 2019. A corresponding contract has been awarded to IFEN GmbH through the German Aerospace Agency (DLR).
Currently the Galileo test bed gets adjusted for its operation in combination with the recently started Galileo Initial Service Phase.
The GATE system has been reduced from eight to three transmitter stations and is currently upgraded with the latest signal generator capabilities. These three transmit stations will be operating solely in combination with the Galileo system in orbit and will provide a wide range of error simulation possibilities to be incorporated as virtual satellites...
European Commission Declares Galileo Initial Services Available for Use
On 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.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has overseen the design and deployment of Galileo on behalf of the Commission, with system operations and service provision due to be entrusted to the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency next year.
"Galileo offering initial services is a major achievement for Europe and a first delivery...