ION-JNC and the Nascent Paradigm

July 8, 2015By
Take-off of the 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first powered, sustained and controlled heavier-than-air flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

In June, I participated in the Institute of Navigation’s Joint Navigation Conference. This year attendance was up by 20 percent. The entire event was FOUO (For Official Use Only) with a classified day, which included a remarkable War Fighter Panel that I co-chaired with my colleague Jim Doherty at Institute For Defense Analyses. It is always heart-warming and invariably enlightening to hear our warfighters discuss capabilities that GPS enables for them in times of peace and war. You could even say this was the theme of the conference: “The capabilities that GPS technology enables.” PLUS: The future of SpaceX. read more

Canadian Army to Test NovAtel GPS Anti-Jam Antenna

July 6, 2015By
NovAtel's GAJT-AE GPS anti-jam antenna.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has selected NovAtel’s GAJT-AE antenna electronics for testing on Canadian Army platforms. The GAJT-AE, developed in Calgary at NovAtel’s global headquarters, is a GPS anti-jam solution suitable for small and weight constrained applications. The testing is being conducted through PWGSC’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). PWGSC will procure a number of GAJT-AE’s on... read more

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SPAN GNSS/INS Now Available on NovAtel’s SAASM Receivers

June 25, 2015By
NovAtel's OEM625S GNSS board.

NovAtel’s SPAN GNSS/INS technology is now available on the company’s OEM625S dual-frequency SAASM GPS plus civil RTK receiver. The addition of SPAN offers system developers with SAASM requirements the benefit of continuously available 3D positioning, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch, yaw) for their U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) applications. Authorized defense customers need access to the Precise Positioning Service (PPS) for... read more

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Jedi Soliders: Army Working on Drone Hoverbike

June 25, 2015By

Hover technology has long been depicted in movies like Star Wars and Back to the Future. Now the U.S. Army is teaming up with two companies to develop hoverbike technology — a cross between a motorcycle and a drone. SURVICE Engineering Co., a Belcamp, Md.-based defense firm, and U.K.-based Malloy Aeronautics, an aeronautical engineering firm, are developing the Hoverbike technology for... read more

The Internet of Everything: It’s All in the Timing

June 10, 2015By

40th Annual NIST Time and Frequency Metrology Seminar
The NIST T&F Metrology Seminar is one of a kind — easily the best in the world for time and frequency metrology. There are so many exciting discoveries concerning time and how time applies to our everyday lives, especially to GPS — all PNT systems actually. Consider that the NIST Time and Frequency distribution system delivers NIST Internet time over the Internet at the rate of 8 billion requests per day from servers at 25 locations across the United States. And that's just the beginning of this tale as old as time. read more

Device Tracks Soldiers’ Movements without GPS

June 9, 2015By
The Warfighter Integrated Navigation System, center, uses inertial systems to determine a Soldier's location in the absence of a GPS signal. On the left, a smaller version of WINS. On the right, the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver, which soldiers use now for position, navigation, and timing. All three devices were on display at the DOD Lab Day, May 14, at the Pentagon. (Photo: U.S. Army/C. Todd Lopez)

When GPS satellites can’t be seen due to dense jungle canopy, or they are blocked due to enemy interference, soldiers will still be able to track their location digitally using the Warfighter Integrated Navigation System (WINS), a device now under development at the Communications Electronics Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). During the U.S. Department of Defense Lab Day held May 14 at the Pentagon,... read more

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Navigation Scientist Reddy Named to Top Position in India

June 8, 2015By
G. Satheesh Reddy

G. Satheesh Reddy, a scientist with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India, has been appointed as the scientific advisor to the defense minister of India, a secretary-level appointment with the government of India. The DRDO is an agency of the Republic of India responsible for the development of technology for use by the military, headquartered in New Delhi. Reddy is an expert in navigation technologies.... read more

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GPS ‘Unreliable Event’ Scheduled for Friday at Holloman AFB

June 3, 2015By

The 746th Test Squadron will perform a Global Positioning System unreliable event, scheduled at Holloman Air Force Base, June 5, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A GPS unreliable event is an interruption to all GPS signals. The interruption will affect any and all electronic devices in the area that use GPS, such as cell phones, running devices, laptops, computers, tablets, cars... read more