Augmentation & Assistance

Integrity for Non-Aviation Users: Moving Away from Specific Risk

July 1, 2011By
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Non-aviation users of satellite- and ground-based augmentation systems do not require the conservative level of integrity built into these systems for aviation users. Removing it can produce substantial benefits in terms of smaller error bounds and improved availability. read more

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On-Site Geo-Referencing of 3D Static Terrestrial Laser Scans

June 29, 2011By

By Jens-André Paffenholz This blog presents an efficient procedure for directly geo-referencing static 3D laser scans. This is a worthwhile way to obtain the required transformation parameters from the local sensor-defined coordinate system to a global system. Therefore, a multi-sensor systems (MSS) is designed with a phase-measuring laser scanner and 3D positional sensors (see Figure 1). By means of at least... read more

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The System: Third Report by LightSquared/GPS Technical Working Group

June 1, 2011By

Plus: Locata as Alternative PNT, Indian SBAS, Galileo Launch Slow but steady progress of the Working Group (WG) convened by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study the GPS overload/desensitization issue is related in the group’s Third [monthly] Pogress Report, filed with the FCC on May 16. For the third consecutive time, the report contains little in terms of actual... read more

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The System: First GPS Intereference Report Sent to FCC

April 1, 2011By

First Overload Interference/Desensitization to GPS Receivers, Systems, and Networks Report to FCC; Plus Save Our GPS Coalition Forms; WAAS Official Again; EGNOS SOL Operational; Russian SBAS Satellite Passes Transponder Tests read more

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EGNOS Gets to Work

February 1, 2011By
Figure 6. Time series of horizontal positioning errors for stand-alone GPS, conventional EGNOS, and position domain EGNOS solutions at HUEG IGS station.

GPS corrections from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service can improve the positioning accuracy and user experience of GPS-enabled mobile phones, even if EGNOS satellites are not visible and even when the GNSS chipset in the phone does not support satellite-based augmentation systems. read more

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On the Edge: Five Big Ones in Ten

January 1, 2011By

Look back with me at the five 2010 GNSS events that most affected surveying, mapping, engineering, construction, and natural resource users. Each one had, or could have had, a significant effect on you and your work. read more

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The System: Michibiki Takes Up Station and Other GNSS Constellation Updates

September 1, 2010By
QZSS-orbits

As this issue goes to press in late August, the first Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) space vehicle, nicknamed Michibiki, holds steady for a September 11 launch. QZSS will use multiple satellites in inclined orbits, placed so that one satellite always appears near zenith above Japan, well known for its high-rise cities. The design provides high-accuracy satellite... read more

Out in Front: Beyond Cute

September 1, 2010By

Michibiki has more Twitter followers than you and me put together. All of you, and all of me with my 17 followers. Michibiki hit 16,284 when I signed on just now, and she (he?) has not yet even emerged upon the global stage. Perhaps by the time you read this, if the September 11 launch date holds true, s/he will be an orbiting, broadcasting entity. read more

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