SSTL-OHB System Consortium to Build Eight More Galileo FOC Satellites

February 3, 2012 - By

European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani announced in London that the consortium led by OHB System AG and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) will build a further eight satellites for the European Union’s Galileo satellite navigation program under the supervision of the European Space Agency. The new contract will see SSTL continuing its role as payload prime, assembling, integrating and... read more

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Expert Advice: Location Context, Relevance for Revenue

February 1, 2012 - By

Mobility’s first phase saw fixed-line communications go mobile. The next phase saw the Internet go mobile. We now behold a paradigm shift in the third phase, where real world communication bridges to the virtual world, via richer communications on smartphones. For device manufacturers and location-aware service and app creators, it’s no longer about creating unique standalone experiences, it’s about enhancing real-time experiences by enriching everyday consumer behavior with virtual content and relevant information to a particular place and point in time. read more

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Innovation: GNSS Antennas and Humans

February 1, 2012 - By

A Study of Their Interactions
A team of researchers from The University of Calgary report on tests conducted on two different types of GPS antennas operated in the vicinity of a human phantom — an artificial body with similar electromagnetic properties as that of a real human. read more

The System: U.S. DoD, DoT Tell FCC No LightSquared

February 1, 2012 - By

Ashton Carter, U.S. deputy secretary for Defense, and John Porcari, deputy secretary for Transportation, have written an official letter to the assistant secretary of Commerce stating that “there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service.” Carter and Porcari are co-chairs of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing. This... read more

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Da Capo: Pardon Me, Boy, Is That the Galileo Choo Choo?

February 1, 2012 - By

Our Paris correspondent, Ms. Axelle Pomies, writes that “The Galileo Train is about to depart, but European GNSS applications incentives are still at the station.” “Despite a vast potential for industry growth and new jobs in Europe,” she continues, “European government bodies are not taking up the challenge. The budget dedicated to GNSS application research in European Commission FP7 was... read more

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The Business — February 2012

February 1, 2012 - By

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Patch Antennas for the New GNSS

February 1, 2012 - By

Small ceramic patch elements offer nearly perfect single-frequency receive characteristics and have become the standard for GPS L1 antennas. However, the new generation of GNSS receivers now being introduced track many satellites in multiple constellations. Are these narrow-band devices up to the task for wider bandwidths? read more

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Out in Front: When the Gavel Comes Down

February 1, 2012 - By

Perhaps you don’t track suspected criminals in your spare time, nor do you design or supply a GNSS product that does so. Still, the fresh Supreme Court ruling on GPS use for this purpose reverberates for you, in ways yet unknown. The most interesting part of the court’s ruling pops up in a somewhat open-ended “what if” comment concerning future issues that at least one justice thinks the court should address. read more

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