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Europe closes out first decade of satellite navigation

January 4, 2016By
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Ten years ago saw the launch of Europe’s very first navigation satellite. A decade of hard work later, more than a third of the Galileo constellation has followed it into orbit and a ground network sharpening the satnav system’s accuracy encompasses the globe. read more

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New Galileo Interface Control Document released

January 4, 2016By
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The European Commission has published a new release 1.2 of the Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD v1.2). The document provides the information needed by receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and service providers to process and make use of the open signals generated by the Galileo satellites. The OS SIS ICD contains the... read more

March’s Munich Summit to ‘Create a Global Village’

December 23, 2015By

“GNSS — Creating a Global Village” is the theme of the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, taking place on March 1 – 3, 2016, at the famous Munich Residenz. The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit is a conference with global impact dealing with satellite navigation now and in the future. The one-of-a-kind convention of high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments provides the... read more

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12 GNSS birds for December, and a document under the tree

December 23, 2015By

Just what every satnav engineer wanted for the holidays: a new Interface Control Document to unwrap under the tree. On Nov. 30, the European Commission (EC) published version 1.2 of the Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD v1.2). The document provides the information for receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and service providers to... read more

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Expert Opinions: How many GNSS signals for a consumer-grade device?

December 23, 2015By
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Question: What is the optimum number of GNSS signals to include/process in a consumer-grade PNT device? A: A chip should support four signals, being GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/Beidou, but only process two of them — choice depending on region, geopolitical sensitivity, constellation availability — dropping to one to save power when satellite availability is good. Two constellations give enough satellites for accuracy and... read more

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Directions 2016: Galileo — strategic tool for European autonomy

December 18, 2015By
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The Galileo programme is currently in its deployment phase, which is due for completion in 2020. Following declaration of initial services in 2016, an exploitation phase will start and aim at delivering a fully operational system by the end of 2020. read more

GPS World 2015 Leadership Award dinner boasts visions for the future

December 16, 2015By
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GPS World‘s Leadership Awards were presented during a sponsored ceremony and dinner at ION GNSS+ 2015 in September in Tampa. The awards recognize significant recent achievement in four fields of position, navigation and timing: satellites, signals, services and products. Nominations came from a group of industry executives and the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board. Votes were cast by a slightly larger... read more

Directions 2016: A new stage for the development of BeiDou

December 16, 2015By
Shuren Guo, deputy director of China Satellite Navigation Project Center.

In line with its three-step development plan, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will constitute a complete space constellation by around 2020, when it will be comprised of five geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellites and 30 non-GEO satellites, providing services for global users. read more

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