GNSS

New USAF RFP published for GPS III satellites

January 12, 2016By
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The GPS Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) continues to look for someone to build 22 GPS III satellites in the near future. SMC issued a request for proposals on Jan. 8, with rather complicated terms. The first eight GPS III satellites are already under contract, and two have been built, but delivery and launch schedules have... read more

PNT Roundup: Taviga collaboration, leap second reconsidered and drone rules

January 12, 2016By
eLoran Antenna Park of 13 200-meter masts at Anthorn, UK.

eLoran New joint venture to ensure, assure secure PNT The founders of Chronos and UrsaNav have formed a new collaboration, named Taviga, that will focus on preserving and establishing low-frequency (LF) positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) networks in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S., using repurposed Loran-C or purpose-built eLoran technology. Taviga aims to ensure timing and navigation for... read more

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Research Online: Receiver with open software interface

January 11, 2016By
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For research purposes, the GNSS Receivers with Open Software Interface (GOOSE) hardware platform provides a development chain from experimental PCIe slot card to a professional embedded GNSS receiver. The platform can be seen as a hardware-assisted software receiver where computational complex methods are implemented on digital FPGA hardware whereas algorithms can be developed and implemented on receiver side on a... read more

Out in Front: Resilient navigation and timing

January 11, 2016By
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Advocacy in the U.S. capital urges augmentation of GPS/GNSS with eLoran and other “complementary terrestrial PNT services to increase resilience.” See the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation’s website, rntfnd.org. This is assuredly a good thing, a worthy cause. I’ve come to believe, however, that true resilience goes beyond what we normally think of as position and timing sensors. Stimulus comes... read more

CES 2016: Atmel launches low-power connected platform targeting IoT, wearables

January 8, 2016By

Atmel Corporation has launched an ultra-low-power connected platform for cost-optimized applications for the Internet of Things (IoT) and wearable markets, the company announced in a news release. The platform is being showcased at CES 2016, held Jan 6–9 in Las Vegas, in Atmel’s meeting room area, South Hall 2, booth No. MP25760. “The new platform features the world’s lowest power ARM... read more

System of Systems: Galileo turns 12 — or 9

January 7, 2016By
The Fregat upper stage flew the latest two Galileo satellites most of the way up to medium-Earth orbit before they finally separated. (Artist's concept, courtesy of ESA).

Galileo satellites 11 and 12 lifted off together on Dec. 17 atop a Soyuz rocket, and successfully deployed in space four hours later. Once 9 and 10 (launched in September 2015) as well as 11 and 12 are set operational, a total of nine usable satellites will be in orbit. read more

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Septentrio’s PinPoint-GIS available on ArcGIS Marketplace

January 6, 2016By
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GNSS receiver maker Septentrio has announced the availability of its geographical information systems (GIS) PinPoint-GIS on the ArcGIS Marketplace. PinPoint-GIS was developed to enable straightforward GIS data collection without the need for expensive additional software linking a GNSS receiver with the Esri ArcGIS Platform PinPoint-GIS helps ArcGIS users make informed and timely decisions, Septentrio said. It turns GNSS data collected... read more

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2015 in review: Year of the GPS for 2 and 19 SOPS

January 6, 2016By
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By 50th Space Wing Public Affairs, Schriever Air Force Base Throughout the years, GPS has achieved historic milestones and garnered recognition for its contributions to the betterment of humanity. 2015 was no different. GPS, operated by the dedicated men and women of the 2nd and 19th Space Operations Squadrons at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, is also the world’s largest military satellite constellation.... read more

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