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GPS Modules & DevKits generously provided by uBlox

Even the earliest Apollo-NG design drafts already included multiple GPS dependencies for a number of subsystems. Apart from obvious navigation assistance, GPS will also discipline the reference clock module and the 10MHz reference oscillator module GPSDO. The first prototype was hacked around an old Rockwell/Connexant Jupiter TU30-420-031 GPS receiver, found on eBay.

Position to Timezone Tracking

The task seems trivial at first glance: Develop a system that automagically identifies the timezone of Odyssey (Command-Module)'s current position and changes the timezone as soon as a timezone-border is crossed accordingly. It proved to be a bit more difficult, since time borders are not systematic, but chaotic, following political (national) borders, making a simple mapping almost impossible or at least very costly in terms of performance and maintenance (time borders and DST usage change of…

Rocket Launch-A-Palooza

Today is a special day, since we can expect up to 5 launches over the next 24h window: Agency Vehicle Payload ETL Stream Status ISRO GSLV-F11 GSAT-7A 2018-12-19 10:10 UTC Report Launched ESA Soyuz CSO1 2018-12-19 16:17 UTC LIVE Launched Space X Falcon 9 GPS III-2 2018-12-20 14:03 UTC LIVE Investigating ULA Delta IV NROL-71 2018-12-21 01:31 UTC LIVE Investig…