Col. David Goldstein, the GPS Wing’s chief engineer, will chair a panel discussion on SVN49’s current status, issues and options for moving forward at the Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS 2009 conference in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday, September 23.
Goldstein will be joined by Col. David Madden, GPS Wing commander and representatives from Lockheed Martin, navigation payload contractor; the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base that fly the GPS satellites; and members of the civil GPS community.
SVN49/PRN01, a Block IIR-20(M) launched last March, carried a demonstration L5 signal payload. However, the installation apparently went awry causing an intra-satellite multipath interference that created signal anomalies and kept the satellite from being declared operational.
ION GNSS, the oldest and still largest GNSS conference, started in 1987 as ION GPS technical meeting. It will take place at the Savannah Convention Center in Savannah, Georgia USA from September 22 to September 25.