Augmentation & Assistance

Out in Front: The System, Simulated

May 1, 2013By

Wealth, breadth, and depth. That’s what this issue brings you, in signal simulation- and testing-related content. Unfortunately, the wealth on offer has to large extent elbowed out our two news sections, The Business and The System. The former is given short shrift in this issue and the latter even shorter herewith, in pithy precis with website shortcuts. And our apologies.... read more

New EGNOS Open Service Definition Released

April 29, 2013By

The European Commission has released version 2.0 of the EGNOS Open Service Definition Document (SDD), according to the European GNSS Agency. The revised document reflects recent improvements in EGNOS geographic coverage and other enhancements. The new version 2.0 of the European Commission’s EGNOS SDD (Open Service Definition Document) reflects recent improvements implemented for the EGNOS service. The document shows significant... read more

Locata Positioning to Underpin Crash Avoidance Research

April 16, 2013By
Locata-IIHS-O

Locata Corporation announced today that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) plans to install a Locata network as the core positioning technology in a $30 million upgrade soon to be underway at its Vehicle Research Center near Washington, D.C. A LocataNet will provide the vitally important high-precision positioning required by the VRC to perform rigorous, consistent and repeatable scientific... read more

Comments Sought on Future User Needs for Nationwide DGPS

April 16, 2013By

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, is seeking public comments on  current and future user needs for the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS). The agencies want to know how users use NDGPS, and are seeking ideas for future uses or alternative uses. According to the notice in... read more

Japan to Expand QZSS with Three Birds, Ground Control

April 5, 2013By

The Japanese government has ordered three navigation satellites from Mitsubishi Electric Corp. to expand the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), reports Spaceflight Now. QZSS augments GPS navigation signals for users in the Asia-Pacific region. NEC Corporation has also been awarded a contract, for the Ground Control Segment. Japan’s Cabinet Office announced the QZSS expansion on March 29, approving a $526 million... read more

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EGNOS and Galileo Track Dangerous Goods

April 1, 2013By
EGNOS-Opener

EGNOS availability over Europe, as a precursor of Galileo globally, provides a guaranteed level of positioning accuracy in real time, for tracking vehicles transporting hazardous material. The EGNOS Open Service enhances position accuracy compared to GPS-only. The EGNOS Data Access Service further enhances accuracy and indicates the quality of the position data received from GPS. As a result of the SCUTUM project, EGNOS is now used in the operational transport of dangerous goods by road in Europe. read more

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Upcoming GNSS Satellite Launches Scheduled

March 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Satellites expected to be launched in support of various Global Navigation Satellite Systems are the following: GPS May 15: Block IIF-4, SVN66, launch window: 17:39-17:58 UTC November: Block IIF-5 GLONASS April 26: Single GLONASS-M or -K satellite from Plesetsk June 28: Three GLONASS-M satellites from Baikonur Galileo October: FOC-1 launch (two satellites) Indian Regional Navigation... read more

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Test Confirms EGNOS + Galileo = Safer Skies

February 13, 2013By
EGEP testbed combined GPS/GALILEO

Europe’s two satellite navigation systems could combine in the future for heightened performance, an airborne test has confirmed. A helicopter flight took place above an alpine valley in Germany, the one place on Earth where Galileo services are already routinely available. Results of the flight test, conducted in September 2012, show that adding Galileo signals to the European Geostationary Navigation... read more

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