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  • Drinking and Droning Has Consequences

    Firmware Fixes Coming from Drone Maker
    A government employee who crashed his friend's drone on the White House lawn was apparently drinking while droning. The employee, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), was questioned Jan. 26 by the Secret Service as the operator of the drone involved in Monday’s incident at the White House. read more

  • Snowed in? Track Your City’s Snow Plows with GPS Apps

    Snow plows in many cities cleaning up the snow from a winter storm that blasted the Northeast are being tracked with GPS. One website application, PlowNYC, provides real-time updates on where the plows are... read more

  • Second Wayward Galileo FOC Moving Higher

    At a press conference on Jan. 16, Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain of the European Space Agency (ESA)  announced that the second errant full-operational capability (FOC) satellite, launched in August, had started its orbital... read more

  • Galileo Service Interruption Planned for System Upgrade

    Galileo’s navigation messages will shortly stop being updated to enable the migration of a new release for Galileo’s ground mission segment, announced the European Space Agency. Although the actual navigation signals will continue... read more

  • Severe Weather Study Shows Potential of GNSS-RO Satellites

    GeoOptics, a satellite-based environmental data services company, in cooperation with Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), an environmental research and development company, has announced the initial results of an Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) showing the reliability of radio occultation data in improving predictions of severe weather and flash flood events. read more

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Self-Driving Cars Find Their Way at CES

January 21, 2015  - By 0 Comments

This year’s CES featured the usual big TV screens, loudspeakers, wearables, 3D printers, drones and connected vehicles surrounded by 150,000 attendees over several Las Vegas meeting venues. What was interesting was the continued rise of autonomous, or self-driving, vehicles and platforms. Lost in all of the noise was a small, but important, location-based services enclave that consisted of GPS-enabled wearables and indoor positioning. read more

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All-Constellation Receiver: GNSS Location Hub for Smartphones with Galileo Support

January 7, 2015  - By 0 Comments

This tri-band receiver technology, when combined with baseband search and track engines, allows true simultaneous tracking of all current L1 GNSS signals, including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), and satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS). By Charles Norman and Andreas Warloe, Broadcom Corporation Starting with the first commercial GPS receivers, adding support for incrementally more complex GNSS systems presents significant... read more

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NavCom’s StarFire RTK receivers enable fast and precise GPS/GNSS data collection, according to the company. Its suite of RTK tools — Ultra RTK and RTK Extend — allow users to achieve RTK accuracy from 40 kilometers away while coasting through radio communication outages. The StarFire Network provides global 5-centemeter-level, real-time accuracy without the need for local ground base stations, NavCom says.

LAND-PAK Complete Survey System by NavCom

December 17, 2014  - By 0 Comments

NavCom’s StarFire RTK receivers enable fast and precise GPS/GNSS data collection, according to the company. Its suite of RTK tools — Ultra RTK and RTK Extend — allow users to... read more

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The SkyTraq Venus828F GNSS receiver module.

SkyTraq Offers Multi-GNSS Receiver Module for Wearables

January 12, 2015  - By 0 Comments

SkyTraq Technology has introduced a stand-alone multi-GNSS receiver module in a compact 7 x 7 millimeter form factor, the Venus828F, designed with a sensor hub function for wearable and “Internet of Things” (IoT) applications. The Venus828F is capable of communication with multiple satellite systems and tracking... read more

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