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15. June 2016, Veronika Sax - Miscellaneous


The Chinese Beidou system's 23rd satellite was launched into orbit Sunday aboard a Long March 3C rocket. The Long March 3C rocket lifted off at 1530 GMT (11:30 a.m. EDT) from the Xichang launch base in southwestern China's Sichuan province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

This is the third new satellite to join the fleet this year. The 21st satellite was launched in February, and the 22nd in March. The satellite was deployed into an elliptical orbit more than 22,000 miles (35,700 kilometers) above Earth. It will power its way into a circular geosynchronous orbit over the equator in the coming weeks.

Text source GPS World




06. April 2016, Veronika Sax - Galileo

On April 6th, 2016 the next two Galileo FOC* satellites (Danielè and Alizée) have arrived safe and sound at the launch site in Kourou (French Guiana).

The Launch of the next two satellites is scheduled for May 24, 2016 and will be carried out by Arianespace from the Guyana Space Center in French Guyana. It will orbit two FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites, and precedes Arianespace's already scheduled launch of four Galileo satellites on an Ariane 5 ES during the fourth quarter of 2016.

With these two launches, six new Galileo satellites will be deployed in 2016, as in 2015, bringing the total number in the Galileo-constellation to 18 by the end of the year. Each of the Galileo satellites is named after one of the children who won the painting competition organized by the European Commission in 2011.


* The FOC (full operational capability) phase of the Galileo program is being funded and executed by the European Union. The European Commission and the European Space Agency ESA have signed a contract under which ESA acts as the development and sourcing agency on behalf of the Commission. The view expressed here does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Union and/or ESA. Galileo is a registered trademark owned by the EU and ESA and registered under OHIM application number 002742237.


Text source OHB SE Website




31. March 2016, Veronika Sax - IFEN Software


The following improvements and new functions are available with SX3 / SX-NSR Software Receiver software version 3.2.1.

New Functionality

  • New SX3 frontend mode providing sample rate of 100MHz.
  • SX3 frontend temperature log-file.
  • Automatic calibration of Galileo E5ab (AltBOC) tracking when using SX3 frontend.
  • New optional available scintillation monitor module and dedicated configuration 'ScintillationMonitor.nsr'.
  • New API example "TrackingLoopAdvanced".
  • New driver model used for SX3 frontend.

Improvements / Bug-Fixes

  • Updates in SX3 reflectometry package.
  • Correct issue for 2-bit sample format, this improves C/N0 for tracked satellites.
  • IRNSS navigation data decoding now can be activated for L5 or for S-Band simultaneously.
  • Correct gravity model computation in GnssInsKalman modul.



29. February 2016, Veronika Sax - IFEN Company, Events, Shows & Trade Fairs

During this years Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, Dr. Günter Heinrichs and Dr. Wolfgang Bär will present three interesting presentations.

Innovations in GNSS Testing and Applications

Dr. Wolfgang Bär

GNSS Testing for the Future - The Challenge

Dr. Günter Heinrichs

GNSS and Today´s Forestry - A Changing Industry

Dr. Günter Heinrichs

If you are interested in receiving one or all of the presentations, please contact us at Sales.





20. January 2016, Veronika Sax - Miscellaneous

The fifth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) constellation lifted off on time Jan. 20 from Satish Dhawan Space Center on Sriharikota Island, on India's east coast.

As in the previous four launches of IRNSS satellites, the navigation satellite rode aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). This is the 33rd launch for the PSLV.

After the PSLV-C31 lift-off at 0401 GMT Wednesday (11:01 p.m. EST Tuesday) with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events - strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and satellite injection - all took place as planned.

We are pleased to announce that the signal quality of the IRNSS Navigation Payload has been tested successfully by using IFEN´s high performance IRNSS Payload Coherence Test Receiver (PCTR).


11. November 2015, Veronika Sax - Galileo


FOC satellites 'Galileo 8 and 7' with SV-ID 22 and 26 (FOC satellites) are now transmitting ephemeris on navigation data.

Today an IFEN NTR receiver has calculated a position fix with SV-ID 22 first time in combination with three virtual Galileo satellites from GATE on E1 as well as on E5a and E5b. Position accuracy was about 1 meter for E5a and about 4 meters for E1 and E5b.

For this test GATE is now synchronized to Galileo System Time from SV-ID 22. Navigation data from SV-ID 22 is currently flagged unhealthy.

FOC Satellites SV-ID 22 and 26 have been launched on March 27th, 2015.

IFEN at Winterberg

04. November 2015, Veronika Sax - IFEN Company



As part of our sponsoring activities 2015 our logo went together with Sandra Kroll and her bob to the selection races to Winterberg.

After a successful first pass Sandra and her team members have even been placed ahead of world cup starter Anja Schneiderheinze. Overall the second place could be secured after the second pass.

Congratulations to the whole team and all the best for the remaining races.