Three New Glonass Satellites in Orbit

Russia has successfully orbited three Glonass navigation satellites at 10:42 p.m. Moscow time (7:42 p.m. GMT) on 25th December 2007. The three satellites were launched from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan to join the existing satellite constellation, which comprises 15 operational satellites. The launch took place for the first time on board an improved Proton-M carrier rocket, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported.   This was the second successful launch of a Proton rocket carrying Glonass navigation satellites this year. A previous launch of a Proton-M carrier rocket on 6th September 2007 failed.   "The equipment of each of... (read more)
2008-01-02 09:33:57

Glonass Available to Russian Civilians January 2007

Russia's global satellite navigation system will become available to civilians in the country next year, the Russian Defense Minister announced. Mr. Sergei Ivanov said Russia's Global Navigation Satellite System, known as Glonass, will be offered to commercial customers worldwide in 2009. Glonass is the equivalent of the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS. "Beginning January, the military General Staff will lift existing restrictions that had prevented civilians from using Glonass, allowing it "to work for the development of the economy and transport," Ivanov said in televised remarks. Russia now has 14 Glonass satellites. He said 18 satellites were necessary to... (read more)
2006-11-23 12:00:00

New GLONASS Signal Tracking Capability for Topcon

Topcon Positioning Group has announced its NET-G5 GNSS reference receiver, capable of tracking a new signal from the GLONASS constellation. The GLONASS-M 55 satellite was launched in June 2014 and is equipped with the experimental payload capable of transmitting signals in the L3 frequency band. Engineers successfully tracked the signal with the NET-G5 receiver during a series of recent tests at the Topcon Technology Center in Moscow, Russia. The use of signals in L3 band alongside L1 and L2 bands is expected to further enhance the competitiveness of the GLONASS system. Using Vanguard and Universal Tracking technologies, the NET-G5 receiver... (read more)
2014-11-14 08:57:34

U.S. and Russia Promote GPS - GLONASS Cooperation

According to a recent press statement by the U.S. Department of State, the United States and Russia are discussing an agreement that will maintain the compatibility and advance the interoperability of GPS and GLONASS satellite systems for civilian purposes. Discussions between U.S. and Russian Federation delegates were held on 9-10 December 2004 in Washington D.C. The press statement, issued on 14 December 2004, summarised the intentions of the two countries: “Both sides reiterated their commitment to continuing these talks and reaffirmed that the United States and the Russian Federation intend to continue to provide the GPS and GLONASS civil signals... (read more)
2005-03-29 12:00:00

GPS+GLONASS Capability for NovAtel Receivers

NovAtel’s new line of OEMV GPS receivers will be capable of tracking satellites from the GLONASS constellation. Initial releases of the OEMV-2 and OEMV-3 models are expected to be available to customers by the end of March and will include dual-frequency GLONASS measurements as an option. Future releases will include full position and RTK options as well as a GLONASS enabled, single-frequency OEMV-1 model. This has been announced by NovAtel (Canada). “The real benefit to users of combining GLONASS measurements with GPS is the significant improvement in line-of-sight satellite coverage, which can allow reliable positioning and precise navigation even in... (read more)
2006-02-07 12:00:00

L1/L2 GLONASS Simulation System

Spirent Communications (UK) has announced the addition of GLONASS L2 test capability to its new GSS8000 simulation system which already supports GLONASS L1 simulation. This establishes the GSS8000 as the industry's first simulation system to support GLONASS L1 and L2 commercial signals. With this launch, GLONASS L1/L2 capability will be available both in a stand-alone system and also in combination with GPS and/or Galileo signals.   Simulation of GLONASS and other GNSS signals is the best way of testing receivers, systems and application performance. Only laboratory simulation can ensure controlled repeatable testing that explores both nominal and off-design conditions. By... (read more)
2008-04-09 10:08:19

GLONASS Functionality for Hemisphere GNSS Vector Products

Hemisphere GNSS has announced that all professional-level Vector products, including the V103, V113, VS131 and VS330, now include the ability to utilise the GLONASS satellite system, along with the GPS satellite system in the navigation solution. The tracking of the additional GLONASS signals provides a much more robust solution, especially in challenging environments. Vector Technology uniquely processes L1 GPS and GLONASS signals to deliver precise heading, greater positioning reliability and improved performance in challenging environments. Hemisphere GNSS’s patented Vector technology computes the heading and pitch or roll angle while stationary or in motion allowing for heading accuracy of up to... (read more)
2014-03-11 10:25:21

Bluetooth GNSS Receiver Utilising GPS and GLONASS with SBAS

The SXBlue II GNSS from Geneq, Canada, is a GNSS receiver that uses both GPS and GLONASS with SBAS (WAAS/ EGNOS/ MSAS/ GAGAN) to attain 30cm/1ft (RMS) accuracy in real-time using free SBAS corrections. It connects through Bluetooth to any smartphone, handheld, tablet computer or notebook computer. For years, the SXBlue GPS product line has lead the market in squeezing the most out of SBAS for high-precision mapping and surveying users. New technology used in the SXBlue II GNSS allows it to utilize both GPS and GLONASS with SBAS, enabling it to track and use nearly twice as many satellites... (read more)
2012-07-23 11:06:28

Russia Loses Three GLONASS Satellites as Rocket Explodes

A Proton-M rocket carrying 3 GLONASS satellites exploded shortly after lift-off on 2 July. Just seconds after the launch, a dramatic failure resulted in a huge impact at the spaceport. The rocket suddenly changed flight direction, started falling and blew up in the Baikonur spaceport territory. It then flew horizontally before plummeting back to Earth, with engines still firing. The payload fairing and upper part of the rocket collapsed and disintegrated before the Proton crashed back to the pad complex. Initial reports confirm that there were no casualties on the ground, but launches from the Baikonur space centre may be... (read more)
2013-07-04 10:05:08

New Satellite Brings GLONASS' Accuracy to 5 metres

Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation system has been upgraded to a precision of up to 5 metres after the successful launch of the 24th GLONASS satellite on 3rd October 2011. The GLONASS-M blasted off the Plesetsk spaceport at 00:15 Moscow time, carried by the Soyuz spacecraft with the assistance of the Frigate upper-stage rocket. The launch marked a turning point bringing the number of GLONASS satellites to a complete set, as planned by the designers.     Previous versions of GLONASS had an accuracy within 50 metres.   Satellite navigation is bound to become part and parcel of a developed country's... (read more)
2011-10-04 09:51:19
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