Augmentation & Assistance

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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Expert Advice: Remembering. And Resolving

August 1, 2010By

Few outside the position, navigation, and timing (PNT) community will also recall that the day before the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government released a landmark document that described the vulnerabilities of services provided by GPS to disruption, whether by attack or inadvertent interference. The Department of Transportation Volpe Center’s GPS vulnerability assessment recommended that services utilizing GPS-provided PNT seek alternative sources of these services. What decisions and actions have the findings and recommendations of this report promoted? The answer is most disturbing. read more

The System: Galileo ICD, Free at Last

May 1, 2010By

Galileo ICD, Free at Last The European Commission (EC) has published an updated Galileo Open Service Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) giving technical specifications and performance expectations for the future system. As reported by GPS World in October 2009, the EC will not charge for manufacturing licenses. No fees will be required for manufacturers to design, develop, make,... read more

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Future Augmented

March 1, 2010By
FIGURE 9. The combined dual frequency availability of the SBASs with the southern hemisphere stations is shown.

After reviewing current performance of WAAS, EGNOS, and MSAS, the authors present expected future performance, including the benefits of GPS L5. They evaluate the impact of the Indian GAGAN and Russian SDCM systems on global coverage and examine southward expansions for the original three SBASs. Finally, a look at the impact of a second constellation of navigation satellites and the performance for a user taking advantage of two core constellations. read more

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