GNSS

The need to clarify Galileo’s legal basis of time

March 28, 2016By
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One new potential wrinkle for Galileo was hinted at during the Munich Satellive Navigation Summit session in March on legal issues around GNSS timing. A recent GPS timing issue caused numerous problems for digital broadcasters and financial networks around the world on Jan. 26, when a data upload went slightly awry. This introduced a 13.7 millisecond error in one of... read more

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US congressmen seek delay to NDGPS closings

March 25, 2016By
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Four U.S. congressman sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking the DoT to delay shutting down Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) sites, a proposal that was posted in the Federal Register. The congressmen are asking for a delay until the “administration has decided upon and implemented a resilient national positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) architecture.” Read the full text of... read more

Veripos extends Apex service, offers Quantum software

March 24, 2016By

Veripos, a global supplier of high-precision GNSS positioning services to the offshore oil and gas industries, has extended its ranges of proprietary software with the introduction of Quantum, a new, all-purpose suite of visualization modules providing a state-of-the-art user interface to support next-generation services and features. Designed to operate with all current Veripos positioning options including its latest Apex5 multi-constellation... read more

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ESA to host 2016 Summer School on GNSS at JRC

March 24, 2016By

The European Space Agency (ESA) will host its Summer School on GNSS program for students July 18–29 at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Varese, Italy. The 11-day event is open to graduate students that have studied more than three years; Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers younger than 35 years old; and young engineers and professionals in the industry... read more

Driverless Conference sparks autonomous car development analysis

March 24, 2016By
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GPS and GNSS have changed the world. Of that there can be no doubt. But in terms of sheer change, both qualitative and quantitative — we ain’t seen nothing yet. We now witness the creation of an industry. This will be very disruptive. We’ve had change instituted by GNSS; we know what that looks like. We haven’t yet seen a... read more

India’s sixth navigation satellite successfully launched

March 10, 2016By
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IRNSS-1F, the sixth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), launched at 4:01 p.m. IST on March 10 from the Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh. After PSLV-C32 lift-off from the Second Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield... read more

PNT Roundup: Inertial, acoustic, lidar, Wi-Fi and beacon news

March 10, 2016By
Brandon Bordelon (top) carries aided inertial navigation systems for demanding subsea survey, construction and vessel positioning applications. Right: The position reference system on the ship’s command bridge.

Independence, redundancy at sea Acoustically aided inertial navigation technology will enable a specialized sea vessel maintain dynamic positioning through GNSS disruptions in challenging environments. Sonardyne Inc.‘s dual Ranger 2 Pro DP-INS systems aboard the ultra-light intervention vessel Brandon Bordelon will track remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) during inspection, repair and maintenance activities, providing an independent position reference for the ship’s... read more

India’s IRNSS-1F satellite on countdown to launch

March 9, 2016By
Panoramic view of fully integrated PSLV-C32 with IRNSS-1F being moved to second launch pad (SLP).

The countdown for the launch of of a rocket carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite Sytem-IRNSS-1F began at 9:30 a.m. local time at the Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh, reports the New Indian Express. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) is expected to blast off around 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, following a 54-hour 30-minute countdown. “Like the countdowns for the... read more

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