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Follow up: What’s Going to Happen When GPS Accuracy is Cheap?

June 16, 2010 - By

I received some interesting e-mails and saw some web comments regarding my newsletter column a couple of weeks ago titled “What's Going to Happen When High-Accuracy GPS is Cheap?” The comments ranged from “I don’t believe it’s going to happen” to “We’d better adapt to the changes in technology.” read more

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What’s Going to Happen When High-Accuracy GPS is Cheap?

June 3, 2010 - By

The GPS satellite launched into orbit last week wasn’t just any other GPS satellite. It was the first of a new generation of GPS satellites that are going to change the way surveying, engineering and construction data is collected and processed in the future. Its new features are going to profoundly transform surveying, engineering and construction. I’m not exaggerating. read more

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Innovation: GPS, GLONASS, and More

June 1, 2010 - By

Multiple Constellation Processing in the International GNSS Service
Does combining GPS and GLONASS observations make a difference? The International GNSS Service (IGS) has been providing such data for several years. Representatives from two IGS analysis centers discuss the past, present, and future of IGS GNSS monitoring and product development. read more

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The System: First IIF Satellite Speeds into Orbit

June 1, 2010 - By

  At press time, GPS spacecraft IIF-1 was set to be launched May 27 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. This first of a new generation of satellites will travel quickly — instead of taking several days to reach its orbital slot, the new satellite should make the journey in three-and-a-half hours. The new IIFs will broadcast the... read more

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Out in Front: Brussels Calling

June 1, 2010 - By

The European Commission rang up the other day, concerned that a recent column contained misperceptions about the Galileo Open Service Signal-in-Space Interface Control Document (ICD). I replied that if misperception exists, it is shared by at least some in industry.Though the EC has abandoned a plan to charge for licenses, its requirement for a free license and continued talk of patents on the Galileo signal dampen industry enthusiasm for making Galileo receivers, at least in North America. read more

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Part 2: The Origins of GPS, Fighting to Survive

June 1, 2010 - By

GPS Phase I program approval meant that the real work could begin. The conclusion of a two-part history, told by the people who made it. read more