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Delay in Setting Recently Launched Block IIF Satellite Healthy

April 17, 2014By
A United Launch Alliance Delta IV lifts off from Space Launch Complex-37 with the Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF-5 satellite. This launch marked the 25th Delta IV flight since the first flight in 2002.

The latest GPS Block IIF satellite, IIF-5 or SVN64 (operating as PRN30), was launched on February 21, 2014. Typically, GPS satellites are checked out and made operational within about a month following launch. SVN64 has yet to be set healthy. The delay is due to an extended navigation test being performed by the GPS master control station. A navigation upload... read more

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Spirent Enables Multi-GNSS Integration in Consumer Devices with New System

April 16, 2014By
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Spirent Communications today introduced the GSS6300M range of multi-channel GPS and multi-GNSS simulators for receiver integrators, application developers, aftercare and production testing environments. This entry-level test system readily enables laboratory evaluation of GPS performance across different locations and routes, Spirent said. In addition to being easy-to-use even for non-GPS experts, the GSS6300M range features competitive pricing for engineering teams looking... read more

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GLONASS Loses Control Again

April 16, 2014By
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The GLONASS constellation has suffered a major problem for the second time this month. On Monday, April 14, eight GLONASS satellites were simultaneously set unhealthy for about half an hour, meaning that most GLONASS or multi-constellation receivers would have ignored those satellites in positioning computations. In addition, one other satellite in the fleet was out of commission undergoing maintenance. This... read more

Protect, Toughen, Augment: Words to the Wise from GPS Founder

April 15, 2014By
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“What can we do to reduce the vulnerability [of GPS] and ensure that the expectations of the public are going to be met?” asked Dr. Bradford Parkinson as he opened his presentation this morning (Tuesday, April 15) at the European Navigation Conference, ENC-GNSS 2014 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Parkinson went through his 61-slide, 50-minute briefing on what he called “PTA”... read more

Locata Warns: Lessons to Be Learned from GLONASS Spasm

April 15, 2014By
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Calling it an “unprecedented and deeply worrying total disruption . . . [that] shook the industry,” Locata Corporation reiterated its call for redundant terrestrial systems to back up GNSS in the wake of the April 1 11-hour GLONASS system outage. Nunzio Gambale, Locata CEO, said “We have been telling the industry for years that you cannot have a critically important... read more

Indoor GNSS Positioning Research Employs Spectra Precision Equipment

April 14, 2014By

Researchers at Telecom SudParis are working on a solution to provide indoor continuity for GNSS positioning. The idea is to deploy a minimal transmission infrastructure in order to allow a standard receiver to measure pseudo-ranges and carrier phases, thus leading to an indoor accurate positioning. The infrastructure consists of a few antennas fed through optical fibers with a GNSS-like signal.... read more

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LBS Market Worth $39.87 Billion by 2019

April 11, 2014By

A newly issued report by MarketsandMarkets focuses on growth in the location-based services market, and says it will be worth $39.87 billion by 2019. The report, “Location Based Services (LBS) Market (Mapping, Discovery and Infotainment, Location Analytics, Leisure and Social Networking, Location Based Advertising, Augmented Reality and Gaming, Tracking) — Worldwide Forecasts and Analysis (2014-2019),” provides a comprehensive market and... read more

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GLONASS Transitions to New Geocentric Coordinate System

April 11, 2014By

The transition to using the terrestrial geocentric coordinate system “Parametry Zemli 1990” (PZ-90.11) in operating GLONASS has been implemented, according to an April 4 announcement by the Russian Federal Space Agency’s Information-Anayltical Center. The implementation fulfills Russian Government Resolution № 1463 of December 28, 2012, “On the Common National Geodetic Coordinate Systems,” outlining the transition starting at 3 p.m. on... read more

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