Aviation & Space

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

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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

Rockwell Tracks Galileo Signal with Secure Software Receiver

September 15, 2014By

Rockwell Collins has successfully received and tracked a Galileo satellite signal using a prototype GNSS receiver designed for secure military use. In 2013, Rockwell Collins received a $2 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the GPS Directorate to develop and demonstrate a Secure Software Defined Radio (S-SDR) GNSS receiver capability. By using multiple available satellite signals, improved and more... 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

Lockheed Martin-Built GPS Satellites Reach 200 Years of Operational Life

September 4, 2014By
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The U.S. Air Force’s fleet of GPS Block IIR and IIR-M satellites, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, have reached 200 collective years of operational life. The 20 satellites make up about two thirds of the current GPS constellation. Originally launched between 1997 and 2009 to add capabilities to the GPS constellation and to replace other aging satellites, the 12 GPS IIR and... read more

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Assured PNT for Our Future: PTA

September 1, 2014By
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Actions Necessary to Reduce Vulnerability and Ensure Availability By Brad Parkinson (From the 25th Anniversary GNSS History Special Supplement) Introduction About 40 years ago, we had a vision for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT). That vision was more than successful, and became known as GPS. In some respects we have been almost too successful: PNT is frequently taken for granted.... read more