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The System: eLoran Operational on Eastern UK Coast

December 1, 2014By
Bridge of the Galatea, a GLA vessel that carries a eLoran receiver and conducted tests of the new system.

Back-up to Vulnerable GPS Signals Required for Busy Shipping Lanes The General Lighthouse Authorities (GLAs) of the UK and Ireland announced October 31 the initial operational capability of UK maritime eLoran. Seven differential reference stations now provide additional position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information via low-frequency pulses to ships fitted with eLoran receivers. The service will help ensure they can... read more

Directions 2015: What It Takes to Make a Gold Standard

December 1, 2014By
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Last year in my “Directions” article, I emphasized the commitment made by the U.S. government to ensure GPS signals are available to all users, and I shared some of our excitement in the GPS Directorate regarding the modernized capabilities we are developing and fielding. This year I’d like to share with you progress we’ve made in the past 12 months, provide an update on the modernization initiatives, and challenge civil users and receiver companies to innovate and accelerate these modernized capabilities for users worldwide. read more

The Fashion Demands of Always-On

November 25, 2014By
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As location penetrates smaller and smaller devices that lack memory and computation power, GNSS chips must reacquire the standalone capability that they shed when first going to small form factors such as phones. A new chip with a new architecture demonstrates navigation and tracking and avoids burdening its main processor with heavy software. read more

GNSS Lies, GNSS Truth

November 6, 2014By
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A new method detects spoofing attacks that are resistant to standard RAIM technique and can sense an attack in a fraction of a second without external aiding. The signal-in-space properties used to detect spoofing are the relationships of the signal arrival directions to the vector that points from one antenna to the other. A real-time implementation succeeded against live-signal spoofing attacks aboard a superyacht cruising in international waters. read more

Toward a Unified PNT — Part 2

October 31, 2014By
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The coming requirements of greater accuracy and reliability in a range of challenging environments for a multitude of mission-critical applications require a multisensor approach and an over-arching methodology that does not yet exist. read more

Toward a Unified PNT — Part 1

October 2, 2014By
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Complexity and Context: Key Challenges of Multisensor Positioning
The next generation of navigation and positioning systems must provide greater accuracy and reliability in a range of challenging environments. No single navigation technology is robust enough, so a multisensor solution is required. read more

Innovation: Scintillating Statistics

October 2, 2014By
FIGURE 2. Current multi-GNSS data collection system configuration at Jicamarca Radio Observatory in Peru. (GLO = GLONASS, BDS = BeiDou System, VPN = virtual private network, ISMET = ionospheric scintillation monitoring event triggering, RAID = redundant array of independent disks)

A Look at High-Latitude and Equatorial Ionospheric Disturbances of GPS Signals
In an effort to help improve the monitoring, mapping, and modeling of scintillations, a team of researchers led by Prof. Jade Morton is monitoring high-latitude and equatorial scintillations and they discuss some of their preliminary results in this month’s column. read more

2014 State of the GNSS Industry Report

October 1, 2014By

The 2014 State of the GNSS Industry Report reveals the results of our annual survey of GNSS professionals, covering the state of their business, the economic climate for GNSS products and services, driving market factors, the government’s role in funding and regulating, budgets devoted to R&D, the effects of jamming, and the “Issue of the Year.” Click here to download the 2014... read more