From the Magazine

New book explains GPS for the rest of us

February 24, 2017By

GPS terms, its history and uses are all described in the new book GPS for Everyone: You Are Here by Pratap Misra. read more

DARPA advances on many fronts to reduce reliance on GNSS

February 13, 2017By

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has initiatives underway with a dizzying number of technologies. read more

NASA designs antenna mounting platform for UAVs

February 13, 2017By

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have designed an antenna-mounting platform to provide users satellite-based tracking functions for unmanned aerial vehicles. The platform integrates multiple capabilities onto one low-cost platform. In August 2016, NASA signed a license agreement with Mobile Antenna Platform Systems Inc. to commercialize the portable antenna platform. The platform is built to rotate 60 pounds of... read more

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Agricultural robot market impacted by urbanization, less land

February 12, 2017By

Robots are way cool. Anyone three or older knows that. And agricultural robots were among the first envisioned civilian applications of GPS. When Brad Parkinson went to Stanford in 1984, one of the earliest demonstrations he and his bright new students conducted was fully automatic GPS control of farm tractors on a rough field to an accuracy of 2 inches.... read more

Innovation: Mitigating interference with a dual-polarized antenna array in a real environment

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A diversely polarized antenna array combines signal processing in the spatial and polarization domains for significant improvement in receiver robustness against interference. The C/N0 of line-of-sight components is improved since the receiver can use the power present in the left-hand circularly polarized channels, and also interference mitigation improves. read more

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Oregon moves to tablets for no-stake 3D

February 8, 2017By

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is embracing the growing trend in highway construction to go “stakeless” and push to full 3D design. With more contractors using automated machine guidance applications, ODOT’s construction personnel are being asked to inspect projects with fewer stakes and visual indicators for line and grade. Employees are seeking to use the same data and information to... read more

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Tracking RFI: Interference localization using a CRPA

A controlled radiation-pattern antenna can preserve GNSS positioning while providing at least an azimuth angle towards an interference source. If integrated with an attitude and heading reference system, only a few lines of position pointing towards the RFI source could provide a fast indication of the probable ground location. read more

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System of Systems: FCC seeks comments on Galileo use in US

February 4, 2017By

FCC seeks comments on Galileo use in US The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is inviting public comments on the European Commission’s request for a waiver of licensing requirements applicable to Galileo receivers in the United States. Comments are due Feb. 21. Read the notice here. If the waiver is approved, Galileo-capable receivers won’t need to be licensed in the U.S.... read more

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