December 15, 2016

Today (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. ( more)  
This week's Navitec Conference, entitled "Navigating the Future of Transportation," delivered good news to an appreciative crowd at the European Space Agency's European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESA/ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. ( more)  
LKD Aerospace now distributes Honeywell's tactical grade and navigation grade inertial measurement units. These include: HG1700, HG1900, HG1930, HG4930 and the HG9900 IMU. LKD Aerospace also exclusively distributes Honeywell's entire range of accelerometers including: Q-Flex (QA650 through QA3000) and the RBA500 as well as all HI-REL space thermal switches.  Please contact our technical sales group at or (425) 396-0829 for more information or technical assistance. 
NASA successfully launched eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) microsatellites this morning (December 15, 2016) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ( more)  
GSA Signs Galileo Service Operator Contract
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 today (December 15, 2016). ( more)
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Federal officials are finally moving on a year-old, two-phase plan to establish a long delayed backup for the GPS system. ( more)
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Ligado Networks and Topcon Reach Spectrum Use Agreement
Ligado Networks has announced a cooperation agreement with Topcon Positioning Systems that removes another barrier to the wireless broadband company's proposed 5G network rollout. ( more)
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