Aviation & Space

Directions 2015: What It Takes to Make a Gold Standard

December 1, 2014By
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Last year in my “Directions” article, I emphasized the commitment made by the U.S. government to ensure GPS signals are available to all users, and I shared some of our excitement in the GPS Directorate regarding the modernized capabilities we are developing and fielding. This year I’d like to share with you progress we’ve made in the past 12 months, provide an update on the modernization initiatives, and challenge civil users and receiver companies to innovate and accelerate these modernized capabilities for users worldwide. read more

How U.S. Air Force 19 SOPS Puts GPS Satellites in Orbit

November 21, 2014By
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It's been a busy year for members of the 19th Space Operations Squadron. As operators of the GPS launch and early orbit, anomaly-resolution and disposal system, 19 SOPS members executed a historically high number of satellite launches (four), and disposed of a legacy GPS vehicle, all within the past 10 months. read more

Airbus Defence & Space Wins ESNC Competition

November 3, 2014By
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The winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 is Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of experts from around the world with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). The award winners were announced October 23 at an awards ceremony held at the Berlin headquarters of Deutsche Telekom. The awards recognize innovations in the... read more

Applanix Offers Single-Board GNSS-Inertial System for UAV Mapping

October 7, 2014By

Applanix, a mobile mapping and positioning company, has introduced a new product that enables major improvements in unmanned airborne mapping: the Applanix APX-15 UAV GNSS-Inertial System. The announcement was made at InterGeo, being held this week in Berlin. The APX-15 UAV is designed to maximize the efficiency of mapping from small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) by reducing — or even eliminating — Ground Control Points... read more

World Space Week Focuses on Satellite Navigation

October 6, 2014By
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The United Nations is spotlighting the benefits of satellite navigation and its contribution to the betterment of humankind as part of the observance of World Space Week — an annual global celebration of the contributions of space science and technology to humanity. The theme of this year’s World Space Week is Space: Guiding Your Way. It highlights the benefits of satellite navigation... read more

Oxford Technical Launches Board Set for System Integrators

October 3, 2014By
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Oxford Technical Solutions (OxTS) has announced the latest addition to its OEM line of inertial navigation systems, the xOEM500. The OxTS is a high-performance GNSS/INS system embedded on a single compact board set. It offers dual GNSS receivers and a high-grade MEMS IMU (inertial measurement unit) to system integrators in an easy-to-integrate 120-g package. With attractive prices for volume sales, the xOEM500 is... read more

DARPA Program Addresses Degraded Visibility for Helicopters

September 30, 2014By
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Degraded visibility — which encompasses diverse environmental conditions including severe weather, dust kicked up during takeoff and landing, and poor visual contrast among different parts of terrain — often puts both the safety and effectiveness of tactical helicopter operations at risk. Current sensor systems that can provide the necessary visualization through obscurants struggle with latency and are too large, heavy... read more

Sensonor Showcases STIM300 IMU at ION GNSS+

September 4, 2014By
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Sensonor will be showcasing its STIM300 Inertial Measurement Unit at Booth 102 at ION GNSS+. The STIM300 is a small, tactical-grade, low-weight, high-performance non-GPS aided IMU. It contains three highly accurate MEMS gyros, three high-stability accelerometers and three inclinometers. The IMU is factory calibrated and compensated over its temperature operating range. The STIM series is designed for use below and on the ocean, on land, in the... read more