November 17, 2016

A modified Ariane 5 rocket lifted four Galileo satellites towards their orbits this morning (November 17, 2016) at 8:06 a.m. (EST). Orbital insertion is expected to occur shortly after noon. ( more) <> 
[SIGNALS exclusive] Congress is back in Washington with a December 9 deadline to pass the 2017 Fiscal Year (FY17) federal budget and avoid a government shutdown.. ( 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 plans to launch the Cyclone GNSS (CYGNSS) hurricane mission aboard a Pegasus XL rocket on December 12 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ( more)  
NOAA Expands GNSS Radio Occultation to Predict Weather
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it will use small satellites to gather GNSS radio occultation (RO) data, in lower parts of the atmosphere, to better predict weather. ( more)
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Probably no one could have accomplished Brad Parkinson's bravura performance at the joint meeting of the Stanford PNT Symposium/Marconi Society earlier this month: in the morning sketch a "short history" of radio waves from Marconi to GPS and in the evening recount a brief retrospective on the Global Positioning System from its prehistory in the 1960s to its future in the 21st century. ( more)
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European Commission, GSA Issue Third Call for Galileo, EGNOS R&D Contracts
The European Commission (EC) has opened the third round of competition for €33 million (US$35.15 million) in Horizon 2020 (H2020) contracts for development of European GNSS (EGNSS) applications exploiting use of Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). ( more)
NASA Breaks Guinness World Record for Highest GPS Altitude Fix
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission broke the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal, the agency announced this week. The MMS satellites, operating in a highly elliptical orbit, set the record at 43,500 miles above the Earth. ( more)
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