Rockwell, GPS Source Demonstrate M-Code GPS Receiver in DAGR Distributed Device

August 31, 2015By
The Rockwell Collins GB-GRAM-M (pictured here) is the product of one of the MUE card development contracts, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The program is developing the next generation of GPS user equipment to include a new military signal and enhanced security architecture

GPS Source and Rockwell Collins have successfully demonstrated the ability of the Military-Code Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM-M) receiver card to fit within the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) Distributed Device (D3). GPS Source and Rockwell Collins are the first to provide this capability for the M-code signal, which is one of the key elements in the modernization of... read more

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L2C and Next-Generation Smart PNT Receivers

August 12, 2015By
SVN49 in space  (artist’s rendering).  The signal anomaly from SVN 49 alerted researchers to new possibilities in analysis and monitoring.

Are you using a legacy-model PNT (position, navigation and timing) receiver or a smart PNT receiver, and why does it matter? Don’t have a clue? Read on! Hint — L2C and CNAV (civilian navigation message format) are the major reason it matters. Yes, it’s all because of L2C, the controversial GPS civilian signal that seems to always be in the news and just... read more

Fitness Trackers Could Speed Soldiers’ Recovery

August 3, 2015By

Wearable fitness trackers such as FitBit could help military patients recover quicker, according to Col. Deydre Teyhen, an official with from the Defense Health Headquarter’s Office of the Surgeon General. The trackers could help patients with musculoskeletal conditions gauge how much physical activity they can handle without exacerbating their injuries, Teyhen told an audience at a conference hosted by tech association, AFCEA and reported by NextGov. Device-agnostic software... read more

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A WINS for Warfighters

July 30, 2015By
The current WINS form factor (left) sits beside a prototype for the future incarnation.

A new device is being developed to enable foot soldiers to find their exact location in GPS-denied situations. If satellite signals are blocked by heavy jungle canopy, or because of enemy interference, soldiers — and Headquarters — will still know where they are with the Warfighter Integrated Navigation System (WINS). read more

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