Latest Series of Galileo Satellites Enter Service

On 11 February 2019, the four satellites launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on 25 July 2018, were put into service following the completion of the relevant commissioning activities. This means that the Galileo constellation is now providing services with 22 satellites. “This is another important milestone for Galileo and the European Union,” said Carlo des Dorides, European GNSS Agency (GSA) executive director. “Each satellite that is commissioned brings us closer to our full operating capacity. More satellites in operation mean better coverage and more availability, which translates into increased accuracy and better services for users,” continued... (read more)
2019-02-13 10:48:59

Chief Introduces Meridian Mapping System with Galileo Laser Scanner

Chief, a leading provider of computerised measuring equipment and vehicle specification data, has introduced a Live Mapping system that's more accurate, robust, and easier to use than ever before. Building on decades of experience, Chief engineers designed the Meridian computerised measuring system with the compact new Galileo multi-point laser scanner to provide real-time, full-picture measurements of collision-damaged vehicles. The Meridian Mapping system can measure up to 45 individual points on a vehicle at the same time, in real time, even while pulling or replacing parts. This gives technicians the ability to watch dimensional changes being made to the vehicle during... (read more)
2018-03-02 05:30:40

HxGN SmartNet Supports Galileo and BeiDou in Great Britain

Hexagon’s Geosystems division has announced HxGN SmartNet in Great Britain (GB) now supports additional GNSS satellite signals from the European Galileo and Chinese BeiDou constellations, providing added value for subscribers. With the recent Ordnance Survey (OS) GB modernisation programme of OS Net reference stations, it is now possible to receive and use the additional GNSS signals. The Galileo constellation has 17 operational satellites with five new satellites in commissioning. BeiDou has 12 GNSS satellites with a further six satellites scheduled for launch later this year and global coverage expected by 2020. Once these are operational, and with further launches planned... (read more)
2018-11-13 10:10:46

Galileo Satellites Prove Einstein's Relativity Theory to Highest Accuracy Yet

Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system – which is already serving users globally – has now provided a historic service to the physics community worldwide. It has enabled the most accurate measurement ever made of how shifts in gravity alter the passing of time, a key element of Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Two European fundamental physics teams working in parallel have independently achieved about a fivefold improvement in measuring accuracy of the gravity-driven time dilation effect known as ‘gravitational redshift’. The prestigious Physical Review Letters journal has just published the independent results obtained from both consortiums, gathered from more than... (read more)
2018-12-05 10:02:30

Trimble RTX Corrections Gets Performance Boost from the Galileo Constellation

Trimble has announced that its RTX-based correction services now support the Galileo constellation. As a true five-constellation technology that uses GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and now Galileo satellites, Trimble RTX delivers improved real-time positioning performance to its users worldwide. With accessibility to the Galileo constellation, users now have visibility to more satellites, which can be advantageous for extreme latitudinal positions or in environments where line-of-sight may be limited. Surveyors, farmers, mapping and GIS professionals now have a more versatile and robust correction solution wherever they may work, even in the most challenging terrain locales. Benefits of adding Galileo to Trimble... (read more)
2017-06-09 10:10:18

Trimble Adds Galileo and BeiDou to VRS Now Service in North America

Trimble has announced that Galileo and BeiDou observation data will be included with Trimble VRS Now subscriptions in North America. Powered by the Trimble Pivot Platform GNSS Real-time network software, the service fully supports GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and now, Galileo and BeiDou satellite systems. The additional constellations allow users to make use of more satellites, enabling a more robust performance when working in harsh GNSS environments such as urban canyons and under canopy. As a true five-constellation solution, Trimble VRS Now delivers improved real-time positioning performance for customers in North America. VRS Now is ideal for surveying, mapping and GIS, construction and agriculture... (read more)
2018-09-24 02:50:53

Decision to Exclude Post-Brexit UK from Galileo Causes Rift in EU

According to various media reports, the European Commission’s intention to exclude the UK from the Galileo satellite navigation system following Brexit is causing divisions between member states. Brussels officials, led by Secretary-General Martin Selmayr and backed by the likes of Germany, want to block the UK from the project. France, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands are among the countries wishing to retain close ties with the UK after it leaves the EU. In response, British ministers are today expected to demand that the EU pays back more than €1 billion (about 12% of Galileo's budget) that the UK has contributed... (read more)
2018-05-24 10:44:25

UK Plans to Launch Own Satnav System

The UK is considering plans to launch a satellite-navigation (satnav) system as a rival to the EU's Galileo project. The move comes after the UK was told it would be shut out of key elements of the programme after Brexit. The UK has spent £1.2 billion on Galileo, which is intended to be Europe's answer to the USA's GPS system. "The UK's preference is to remain in Galileo as part of a strong security partnership with Europe. If Galileo no longer meets our security requirements and UK industry cannot compete on a fair basis, it is logical to look at... (read more)
2018-05-01 10:10:28

Carlson Launches Lightweight GNSS Receiver NR3

Carlson has launched a lightweight surveying receiver that utilizes all four constellations and provides triple-frequency tracking. The Carlson NR3 was introduced by Carlson Software President and Founder Bruce Carlson. Weighing just under two pounds, the NR3 delivers highly reliable GNSS RTK for land surveying, GIS, and other data collection uses. Able to be used as a base or rover, the NR3 utilizes all four constellations – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo – and provides triple-frequency tracking on GPS, GlONASS, and Galileo. Incorporating multipath and ionospheric detection, the NR3 maintains accuracy and continued operation despite shocks, vibration, or other interference. (read more)
2019-06-18 09:58:02

Topcon Showcases B111 and B125 GNSS Receiver Boards

Topcon Positioning Group announces two new full constellation GNSS receivers for the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market. The new B111 and B125 boards are designed for use with a broad range of positioning applications. The boards utilize the GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo constellations with the B111 tracking signals in the L1 and L2 frequency band, while the B125 adds signals in the L5 band. Both boards are designed to provide scalable positioning from sub-meter DGPS positioning to sub-centimeter RTK positioning. “The new boards both include 226-channel Vanguard Technology with Universal Tracking Channels, for reliable ‘all-in-view’ and ‘future-proof’ tracking,” said... (read more)
2017-04-26 11:53:50
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