How to dissolve funding logjams in Congress

October 21, 2016By

[Editor’s note: this is the Signals Leadership Award acceptance speech given by Clark Cohen at GPS World’s 2016 Leadership Dinner in September. The Award was recognized the development of alternates to GPS based on communication satellites: a method for adding high-accuracy ranging capability to Iridium by modifying the transmitted signal structure of an already flying, programmable constellation. ] Thank you... read more

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Research: GNSS receiver fingerprinting

October 17, 2016By

GNSS Receiver Fingerprinting for Security-Enhanced Applications   By Daniele Borio, Ciro Gioia, Gianmarco Baldini and Joaquim Fortuny, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate E: Space, Security & Migration. Presented at ION GNSS+, September 2016. GNSS data faking is similar to node forgery in a wireless network: A simulator or another device can be used to impersonate an actual GNSS... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete GPS OCX test milestone

October 13, 2016By
Testing demonstrates end-to-end functional checkout, integration of Block 1 capabilities.(Image: Raytheon)

Raytheon has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. OCX’s development is delivered in “blocks,” with Block 0 comprising... read more

Intergeo 2016 is buzzing

October 12, 2016By
Figure 2.2: Normalized autocorrelation functions for different modulations: BPSK of GPS L1,
BOC of Galileo E1 with simplified demodulation4, CBOC of Galileo E1 and AltBOC of Galileo E5
signals5. Source: [Silva et al., 2012]

Yes, there are drones everywhere. Drones of every size from mini electronic insects to a rather nice Zeppelin remake that is cruising around Hall 4 at the Hamburg Messe. Will Intergeo 2016 mark “peak drone?” I’m thinking not. The two main drivers of this year’s Intergeo conference are digitization and smart data, including Building Information Modelling (BIM). Hamburg itself is... read more

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Riegl lidar sensors and systems unveiled

October 12, 2016By

Riegl gave an overview and demos of its lidar sensors and systems product range at Intergeo, with recent developments and latest product unveilings: The VQ-1560i Dual Lidar Channel Airborne Laser Scanning System, designed for airborne surveying missions from ultra-wide area, high altitude mapping to mapping of complex urban environments and city modeling. This is the latest advancement of the ultra wide-area,... read more

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Ariane 5 ready for first payload of Galileo satellites

October 11, 2016By
Ariane 5’s vehicle equipment bay is hoisted for integration in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, in preparation for Flight VA233, the launch of four Galileo satellites. (Photo: Arianespace)

The first Ariane 5 launcher to orbit Galileo navigation satellites has completed its initial build-up in French Guiana, continuing preparations for Arianespace’s Nov. 17 mission from the spaceport to deploy four more Galileo satellites, according to launch contractor. During activity in the Spaceport’s Launcher Integration Building, the heavy-lift vehicle for Arianespace Flight VA233 underwent the assembly process that began by... read more

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Geodata key to new business world, says InterGeo report

October 11, 2016By

Geodata is key to the digital future and a 4.0 business world, according to a new report released at InterGeo in Hamburg, Germany. At the heart of this business vision is the networking of sensors that must have location data in order to fulfill their value. The 116-page InterGeo Report, in parallel German and English, includes sections on smart cities,... read more

Are you experienced? Tell us about jamming, spoofing, RF interference encounters

October 11, 2016By

We talk a lot about — and publish a lot of technical articles about — GPS/GNSS jamming, spoofing and unintentional RF interference in GPS World magazine and on this website. Clearly it is an emerging and potentially huge problem. How much of it goes on right now?  Tell us very briefly (10 seconds it will take) if You are experienced... read more

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