BeiDou/Compass

The System: Competition for the Gold Standard

February 1, 2014By
The main antenna of the second Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite being inspected with a flashlight in advance of mass property testing at the European Space Agency’s  ESTEC Test Centre in the Netherlands. Thermal-vacuum testing on the second model began in early 2014. The two FOC satellites will be launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s French Guiana Spaceport in mid-2014. Whether four more can rise and begin providing initial Galileo services by the end of the year is the question of the hour.

BeiDou Releases Public Service Performance Document In late December, director Ran Chengqi of China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office announced the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Public Service Performance Standard. The document details the public service performance parameters of the BeiDou system, including service area, accuracy, integrity, continuity, and availability. It is a basic commitment to customers from BDS providers,... read more

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China Releases Public Service Performance Standard for BeiDou

January 5, 2014By

On December 27, 2013, the first anniversary of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System providing full operational regional service was held in Beijing. At the meeting, China Satellite Navigation System Management Office Director Ran Chengqi announced the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Public Service Performance Standard. The document details the public service performance parameters of BeiDou system, including service area, accuracy, integrity, continuity,... read more

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Data Sources for BeiDou, Real-Time Ephemeris

January 1, 2014By

From the GNSS R&D Discussion Group on LinkedIn Hello, everyone, I am looking for a tool/software which can generate a satellite geometry distribution map of Chinese BeiDou over Asia. Just like a GPS PDOP global map. Could anyone give me a help? Thanks a lot in advance. Comments Maybe this tool helps you: AVIGA Service Volume Simulator: www.navpos.de/Publications/AVIGA_Pro_Flyer.pdf We use... read more

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Directions 2014: Great Expectations

December 1, 2013By
Peter Large

By Peter O. Large, Vice President, Trimble November 29, 2013, marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of Christian Doppler. His work laid down the fundamental concepts that enabled researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States to make observations on the signals of Sputnik I during the International Geophysical Year of 1957. From those observations more than 60... read more

Directions 2014: Serve the World, Benefit Mankind — A System Matures

December 1, 2013By
Distribution of visible in-orbit BeiDou satellites.

By adhering to the principles of independence, openness, compatibility, and gradualness, China has steadily pushed forward the deployment of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), following a planned three-step strategy. In 2000, BeiDou Navigation Satellite Demonstration System was completed. By December 2012, five geostationary orbit (GEO) satellites, five inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellites, and four medium-Earth orbit (MEO) satellites had been launched, forming the constellation, and formally beginning service provision to the Asia-Pacific region. read more

GNSS Simulator in R&S SMBV100A Now Supports BeiDou

November 25, 2013By
Rohde-Schwarz-Beidou

Rohde & Schwarz extends the functionality of the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator by adding BeiDou/Compass capability to its integrated GNSS simulator. With the R&S SMBV-K107 option, the GNSS simulator now covers the BeiDou standard as well as the GPS, Galileo and GLONASS satellite navigation systems. The new option allows users to generate real-time scenarios with up to 24 BeiDou satellites. R&S SMBV-K107... read more

Qualcomm Collaborates with Samsung to be First to Employ BeiDou for Location-Based Mobile Data

November 22, 2013By

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is enhancing location precision in smartphones and tablets initially in China with support for China’s BeiDou Satellite Navigation System. Supporting the BeiDou constellation within Qualcomm IZat location solutions increases the number of satellites that Qualcomm-based devices can access to provide greater position location accuracy. Qualcomm is collaborating with Samsung to... read more

Registration Opens for Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2014

September 12, 2013By
ATT00001

Registration is now open for Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2014, which will be held March 25-27, 2014, at the Residenz Muenchen in Munich, Germany. The summit will have a booth (Booth H) in the exhibit hall at the ION GNSS+ conference next week in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is offering a special ION rate for those who register no later... read more