Defense

GMA selects Sensonor inertial engine for land navigator

January 9, 2017By
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A high-performance navigation system by GMA is being supported by a Sensonor inertial module. Sensonor is in serial deliveries supporting the AXD-LNS land navigator, which went into regular production in late 2016, following five years of development. The STIM210 provides high-accuracy inertial data for the Land Navigator, which specifically addresses the stabilization and guidance needs of the defense market — all of its components comply with... read more

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Vanilla Aircraft claims record with 56-hour unmanned flight

January 6, 2017By
The VA001 10-day Endurance UAS.

On Dec. 2, Vanilla Aircraft‘s VA001 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) completed a world record non-stop, unrefueled 56-hour flight. The flight was supported by the technology innovation investments of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Rapid Reaction Technology Office (RRTO) and DARPA-funded efforts through Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR 4.11 – Patuxent River). The flight, planned as a 120-hour mission, was ended... read more

HRL Labs to develop inertial sensor tech for DARPA

January 3, 2017By

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded HRL Laboratories LLC $4.3 million to develop vibration- and shock-tolerant inertial sensor technology that enables future system accuracy needs without using GPS. Positioning, navigation and timing are key to ensuring the location accuracy critical to the success of modern military missions. Today’s military systems typically rely on GPS to ensure position accuracy.... read more

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New defense signals offered, new defense editor sought

December 20, 2016By
Iridium satellite, courtesy of Iridium.

Two important new signals — or rather, one signal and one group of signals — became available for military users worldwide last week. Satelles made an exciting announcement of what amounts to a new dimension in satnav: a whole new constellation in low-Earth orbit, bringing global coverage and most critically, a signal strength hitherto unknown to GNSS users. The satellite... read more

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New SatNav offerings come to market via STL service

December 20, 2016By

Pursuant to a recent announcement of new PNT solutions independent of GPS/GNSS signals, provided via the Iridium constellation, GPS World talked with Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. Orolia has partnered with Satelles to bring new PNT products and services to the global market, with a focus on military, and defense, government and commercial customers worldwide. “We are a manufacturer and... read more

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Orolia fortifies resilient PNT with Satelles satellite time and location signal

December 15, 2016By
Iridium satellite, courtesy of Iridium.

A strategic alliance announced on Dec. 15 between Orolia and Satelles includes product development and go-to-market activities of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions provided by the Iridium satellite constellation, independent of GPS/GNSS signals. The companies intend to provide PNT solutions to military, defense, government and commercial customers worldwide. Orolia, the parent of GNSS-active companies Spectracom and Spectratime, among others,... read more

GPS World remembers defense columnist Don Jewell

December 13, 2016By
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Don Jewell passed away unexpectedly on Oct. 12. For more than nine years, Don wrote the Defense PNT monthly e-newsletter column for GPS World, after a distinguished 30-year career in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as Deputy Chief Scientist for Air Force Space Command with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. A celebration of his life was held Oct. 20 in... read more

New report covers global military GPS device market

December 8, 2016By

GPS-enabled devices render large amount of assistance to a country’s armed forces on battlefields. In the modern-day scenario of combat, the need to be technically advanced and the ability to achieve precision strike with minimum self-loss are taking center stage. This has resulted in greater use of GPS-guided devices and weapons by soldiers, which are considered in a new report... read more

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