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GLONASS K-1 Launch Delayed Twice, Rescheduled for Tomorrow

February 25, 2011 - By

  GLONASS-K is moved to the launchpad. News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. According to a Roscosmos report, the state commission governing rocket launches will launch GLONASS-K1 on February 26 at 03:06 UTC. The launch of GLONASS-K1 has been pushed back for “technical reasons.” The original schedule called for a February 24 launch. Quoting the commander of the Russian Space Forces,... read more

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Raytheon Interview: GPS OCX Program Status

February 16, 2011 - By

Don Jewell, our intrepid Defense editor, finally stopped traveling long enough to catch up with Robert "Bob" Canty, the Raytheon vice president and program manager for the GPS OCX program. They managed to find time for a very interesting and uplifting conversation concerning the history, current status, and way ahead for the next-generation GPS operational ground control segment. Uplifting because, incredibly, this critical space program is actually on schedule and on budget. Alert the media and roll the presses! read more

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Smartphones Take on PCs: Significant Historical Moment

February 16, 2011 - By

It is a significant first, an iconic moment, a big deal. You will want to remember where you were when you heard that smartphones started to outsell personal computers. According to a report by market research company IDC, consumer electronics makers shipped 100.9 million smartphones worldwide in the last three months of 2010, an 87 percent jump from a year earlier. PC shipments didn’t do as well, edging up just three percent to 92.1 million. read more

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Companies Finding TRB Enterprise and Government Market Haven

February 9, 2011 - By

Sometimes a market niche appears to be heading toward better things — even if the economy is not. This year’s Transportation Research Board’s Annual Meeting had its highest attendance ever. While intelligent transportation systems meetings have been shunned in the last few years as being too government-focused, some forward-thinking companies are using the Washington, D.C.-based meeting as a springboard for their enterprise location-based services offerings. read more

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EGNOS Gets to Work

February 1, 2011 - By

GPS corrections from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service can improve the positioning accuracy and user experience of GPS-enabled mobile phones, even if EGNOS satellites are not visible and even when the GNSS chipset in the phone does not support satellite-based augmentation systems. read more

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Single-Shot Position: Cell-Phone Location without Ephemeris

February 1, 2011 - By

A new method enables the mobile phone to compute its own position using acquisition assistance data with increased resolution in some of the fields. It benefits network operators as they can deliver the best performance with minimum bandwidth requirements, making this especially relevant in emergency-call situations. read more

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The System: FCC Asked to Authorize Potential Interferer

February 1, 2011 - By

In November, December, and January, a regulatory drama with high potential impact on the GPS signal and domestic U.S. GPS users began unfolding before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). As this magazine goes to press on January 24, the issue remains far from resolved, although hearings and far-reaching decisions may have transpired by mid-February. A company called LightSquared applied to... read more

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