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Abstracts Deadline for First RIN Conference Is October 24

October 15, 2014By

There is still time to submit abstracts for the Royal Institute of Navigation’s new conference. The deadline for abstracts is October 24. The RIN International Navigation Conference is set for February 24-26 in Manchester, England. To submit an abstract and view the full call for papers, visit this link. In this first event in a brand-new series of world-class conferences, the... 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

Handheld Group Launches Nautiz X8 Rugged Device

September 23, 2014By
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Handheld Group, a manufacturer of rugged mobile computers, has launched the Nautiz X8 rugged PDA. The Nautiz X8 is a handheld computer with superior processing power, screen performance and battery life, the company said. It is built for tough field conditions primarily in GIS, land surveying, public safety, forestry and the military. The Nautiz X8 is built to enable efficient and reliable data collection in... read more

Spirent Simulator Granted Security Approval by GPS Directorate

September 15, 2014By
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Spirent Federal Systems, a U.S. provider of positioning, navigation and timing test solutions to the government and its contractors, announces that its GSS9000 RF constellation simulator has been reviewed and granted security approval by the GPS Directorate. Higher dynamic simulations with more accuracy and fidelity are enabled by 1000-Hz (1 ms) System Iteration Rate — a four-fold increase over Spirent’s current GSS8000 product — zero inter-channel bias... 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

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

KVH Launches TACNAV 3D Inertial Nav System with Embedded GPS/GNSS

June 16, 2014By
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KVH Industries, Inc., has introduced TACNAV 3D, a highly accurate inertial navigation system designed for battlefield vehicles, at Eurosatory 2014, an international defense and security industry trade show in Paris, France. The TACNAV 3D system is the latest product in KVH’s TACNAV line of tactical navigation systems, and will be on display in the KVH booth (Stand J531, Hall 6)... read more

Ethertronics Unveils GPS Helix Antenna for Mission-Critical Applications

June 5, 2014By
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Ethertronics has unveiled EtherHelix GPS, a small, stand-alone, Right Hand Circularly Polarized (RHCP) external GPS antenna. Measuring 35 mm in length, the EtherHelix GPS is 27 percent shorter than other antennas on the market with no performance trade-offs, the company said. It is designed for high-performance, mission-critical devices such as walkie-talkies, tough books, tough tablets, first responders, public safety, military applications... read more