Eric Gakstatter

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Eric Gakstatter has been involved in the GPS/GNSS industry for more than 20 years. For 10 years, he held several product management positions in the GPS/GNSS industry, managing the development of several medium- and high-precision GNSS products along with associated data-collection and post-processing software.

Since 2000, he's been a power user of GPS/GNSS technology as well as consulted with capital management companies; federal, state and local government agencies; and private companies on the application and/or development of GPS technology. Since 2006, he's been a contributing editor to GPS World magazine,writing a monthly newsletter on high-precision GPS/GNSS
technology. He is also editor of Geospatial Solutions, a weekly newsletter focused on geospatial technologies.

Posts by Eric Gakstatter

All Eyes on Galileo Posted on 03 Sep 2014 in the Newsletter Editorials & Survey Scene categories.

The year 2014 is most certainly the Year of Galileo. After rising up from near elimination in 2008 due to much confusion about how to fund it, the European Union, that same year, decided to allocate 3.4 billion euros to fund the ground infrastructure and the initial satellites. Unlike the U.S. GPS and Russian GLONASS systems, Galileo is civilian-funded as opposed to being funded primarily from defense budgets, which makes it politically much more difficult to gain funding. But, they did it. That was six years ago. Read more»

Live Event Webinar Follow-up: Answering Your Questions from the 2014 Esri Conference Posted on 06 Aug 2014 in the Mobile Devices & Newsletter Editorials & Survey & Survey Scene categories.

A few weeks ago at the Esri 2014 International User conference in San Diego, California, we conducted our first live event webinar from a Plexiglas booth sitting among many of... Read more»

FAA Issues First Commercial UAS Authorization over Land Posted on 02 Jul 2014 in the Newsletter Editorials & Survey Scene & UAV/UAS/UGV categories.

Like it or not, as a person who works with geospatial data, UAS (unmanned aerial systems such as drones and UAVs) are in your future. The upside of said technology for “quick... Read more»

Intel’s Mini-PC: A Cheap Server for an RTK Base Posted on 23 Jun 2014 in the Newsletter Editorials & Survey Scene categories.

I’ve written this many, many times in the past eight years that I’ve written for GPS World magazine, but I have to write it again — this is an exciting... Read more»

New Signals, New Launches, and Faulty GPS Receivers Posted on 22 May 2014 in the Featured Stories & Newsletter Editorials & Survey Scene categories.

There has been a lot of GNSS-related news in the past month, so I thought I’d do a quick review of the top stories, including L2C and L5 CNAV messages, launch of a new GPS IIF satellite, and Russian threats to disrupt GPS. Read more»

RTK on a Smartphone Running AutoCAD: I Did It Last Week Posted on 10 Apr 2014 in the Newsletter Editorials & Survey & Survey Scene categories.

Last week was spring break (for high school and college) for my kids. We decided to drive to San Francisco and the surrounding area to do a little sightseeing. It’s... Read more»

Do You Know OPUS Can Do This? Posted on 07 Mar 2014 in the Newsletter Editorials & Survey Scene categories.

I recently was involved in a project outside of the United States. Part of the project involved setting up a couple of RTK base stations. Of course, I wanted the... Read more»

Centimeter-Level RTK Accuracy More and More Available — for Less and Less Posted on 04 Feb 2014 in the Newsletter Editorials & Survey Scene categories.

Last month, I started off 2014 with a bang by listing all the public RTK bases available in the United States, most of them being free. I received a lot... Read more»