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Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2018

05. March 2018, Veronika Sax - Events, Shows & Trade Fairs, IFEN Company


This year's Munich Satellite Navigation Summit starts today, Monday 5th of March 2018.

Some topics of the 2018 edition are

  • Status and real-world results of the European Galileo System
  • Modernization of the US GPS, of the Russian GLONASS and the Chinese BeiDou
  • Developments of regional systems like the Japanese QZSS and the Indian NAVIC
  • Autonomy within a single GNSS: still possible for a user?
  • Authentication for GNSS: a real need for new applications?
  • Civil use of the Galileo public regulated service
  • Legal aspects on selected topics in the field of GNSS
  • Multi-GNSS and precise point positioning: a game changer for autonomous driving?
  • UAVs and GNSS: applications and safety issues
  • GNSS companies sans frontière: linking European expertise and extra-EU needs

IFEN GmbH will present you the GALILEO2G SIS TEST BED (ESA EGEP ID59/ID87 contract).



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13. February 2018, Veronika Sax - Miscellaneous

Building its own Navigation Satellite System by 2034, Korean will start ground testing the KPS in 2021. 
The System will comprise  seven navigation satellites with three of them geostationary above the Korean Peninsula.

Since Korea is currently relying on the US GPS system, which has suffered repeated local area jamming emanating from North Korea, they aim to have regional and independent positioning and navigation signals to prevent nationwide chaos.

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12. February 2018, Veronika Sax - Miscellaneous


"Red Flag": US Air Force is preparing for a military conflict in which the satellite navigation system is unavailable. GPS is operated by the US Department of Defense and currently has 31 satellites in orbit. Now, training missions must be carried out without the familiar system. The exercise, which runs until 16th of February, will also have an impact on the civilian population.

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15. January 2018, Veronika Sax - Events, Shows & Trade Fairs

Here is a rough overview of our attendances of trade fairs, exhibitions and conferences in 2018.
Save the dates and let us meet!

January 29th to February 2nd 
International Technical Meeting ITM (PTTI)
in Reston, Virginia, USA

March 5th to 7th
Munich Satellite Navigation Summit
in Munich, Bavaria, DE

April 23rd to 26th
IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium
in Monterey, California, USA

May 23th to 25th
China Satellite Navigation Conference 2018 (CSNC)
in Harbin, CN

June 5th top 7th
Automotive Testing Expo 2018 Europe
Exhibition Halls 8 & 10 in Stuttgart, DE

September 24th to 28th
ION GNSS+ 2018
at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida, USA

More to come, stay tuned.




26. June 2017, Veronika Sax - Miscellaneous


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 series of carefully-orchestrated manufacturing maneuvers utilizing a 10-ton crane.

GPS III SV02 is part of the Air Force's next generation of GPS satellites, which have three times better accuracy and up to eight times improved anti-jamming capabilities. Spacecraft life will extend to 15 years, 25 percent longer than the newest GPS satellites on-orbit today.

"Now fully-integrated, GPS III SV02 will begin environmental testing this summer to ensure the satellite is ready for the rigors of space," said Mark Stewart, vice president of Navigation Systems for Lockheed Martin. "This testing simulates harsh launch and space environments the satellite will endure, and further reduces any risk prior to it being available for launch in 2018."

A Factory Full of GPS III Satellites

Right behind GPS III SV02, eight more contracted GPS III satellites are moving through production flow at Lockheed Martin's nearly 40,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art GPS III Processing Facility near Denver.

GPS III SV03 recently completed initial power on of its bus, which contains the electronics that operate the satellite. The company received SV03's navigation payload from its supplier, Harris Corporation, in May. After further system testing, SV03 will be ready for full integration later this fall.

GPS III SV04's major electronics are being populated as it prepares for its own initial power on. This satellite's navigation payload is expected to arrive and be integrated into its space vehicle before the end of the year.

Components of the next six satellites, GPS III SV05-10, are arriving at Lockheed Martin daily from more than 250 suppliers in 29 states. To date, more than 70 percent of parts and materials for SV05-08 have been received. The company was put under production contract for SV09-10 in late 2016.

All of these satellites are now following the Air Force's first GPS III satellite, GPS III SV01, through a proven assembly, integration and test flow. SV01 completed its final Factory Functional Qualification Testing and was placed into storage in February 2017 ahead of its expected 2018 launch.

Investing in the Future of GPS III

With multiple satellites now in production, Lockheed Martin engineers are building GPS III smarter and faster. Key to their success is the company's GPS III Processing Facility, a cleanroom manufacturing center designed in a virtual-reality environment to maximize production efficiency. Lockheed Martin invested $128 million in the new center, which opened in 2011.

The company's unique satellite design includes a flexible, modular architecture that allows for the easy insertion of new technology as it becomes available in the future or if the Air Force's mission needs change. Satellites based off this design also will already be compatible with both the Air Force's next generation Operational Control System (OCX) and the existing GPS constellation.

"From day one, GPS III has been a team effort and our successes would not have been possible without a strong Air Force partnership," Stewart said. "GPS III will ensure the U.S. maintains the gold standard for positioning, navigation and timing. We look forward to bringing GPS III's new capabilities to our warfighters and beginning to launch these satellites in 2018."

The GPS III team is led by the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. Air Force Space Command's 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), based at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, manages and operates the GPS constellation for both civil and military users.

Source:  GPS World


Photo: Lockheed Martin


27. January 2017, Veronika Sax - GATE


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 within the Galileo constellation.

GATE will provide continuously valuable services to Galileo research and development community for testing their navigation receivers and applications, mainly focused on robustness against various malfunctions which possibly occur in a navigation system. These incidents include wrong navigation data content, satellite clock failures (feared events) and signal deformations (evil waveforms).

For robustness tests of navigation receivers and applications, GATE offers for static tests an office within the test area as well as a full equipped measurement vehicle for land mobile tests. The possibility for UAV tests will be available mid of 2017.


01. January 2017, Veronika Sax - Galileo


Following a complex tendering process that began in January 2015, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) awarded the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) contract, with a value of up to €1.5 billion (US$1.56 billion), to Spaceopal at a special event in Brussels on December 15, 2016.

The ceremony was featured in an event organized on the occasion of the European Commission's declaration of Galileo Initial Services.

The 10-year contract covers the operation and maintenance of the Galileo satellite system and its committed performance level: in particular, the operations and control of the system, the logistics and maintenance of the systems, and infrastructureas well as the user support services. Spaceopal is a joint venture between Telespazio and the German Space Agency (DLR).

"With its emphasis on service performance, this contract will shape the future of Galileo," said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. "We look forward to building a strong partnership with Spaceopal as Galileo moves towards full operational capability under the responsibility of the GSA from January 2017."

Specifically, under GSA oversight, the contract awarded to Spaceopal includes the following responsibilities:

  • Secure operations of Galileo from two mission control centers (GCC), located in Germany and Italy, and the European GNSS Service Center (GSC) in Spain for user support services
  • management of the Galileo Data Distribution Network (GDDN)
  • integrated logistics support and maintenance for the entire space and ground infrastructure;
  • monitoring ofthe system performance;
  • support the completion of the Galileo infrastructure and associated launches. To ensure a balance between ongoing deployment needs and the priority of the service provision, the contract includes clear and tangible performance indicators (KPIs).

Spaceopal has served as the contractor for Galileo operations since 2010 under the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Operations Framework Contract.

"Spaceopal is committed to continuing to support the deployment and completion of the Galileo system," says Spaceopal CEOGiuseppe Lenzo. "We are proud that the GSA has selected us to further contribute by bringing the Galileo signal in space to users and providing best-in-class satellite navigation services."

The contract was signed by des Dorides, Spaceopal's CEO Giuseppe Lenzo, and Simon Plum, the company's COO, at an official ceremony held today in Brussels.

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Source: Inside GNSS