GNSS Opinions

A Glowing Report Doth Not a Golden Future Make

November 27, 2013By

The tech press and broad public media have both made much ado about a November market report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Most accounts have focused on a GSA prediction of an installed base of 7 billion GNSS-enabled devices worldwide by 2022, and nearly every account has replicated the GSA math to trumpet “almost one for every person on... read more

New GLONASS Navigation Message Proposed

September 30, 2013By

Russian scientists and engineers are at work on a new code-division multiple-access signal format to be broadcast on a new GLONASS L3 signal. Taking an approach similar to that implemented on the newly designed GPS L5 signal, this will, once implemented across the constellation by new satellite launches, facilitate interoperability with and even eventually interchangeability among other GNSS signals, including... read more

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Out in Front: Geospatial on Everything

September 1, 2013By

GPS World Publisher Learns about GIS By Alan Cameron Everything has a geospatial aspect. Everything. Past, present, future. Over grits, coffee, and the airborne delicacy purveyed at the Flying Biscuit Cafe (right out of the oven, right into your mouth) in Sandy Springs, Georgia, I absorbed this high-tech homily. You’ve heard of the European financial crisis. Trace it back to... read more

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Looking High in the Sky from Down Under

August 29, 2013By

A few months ago I wrote in the magazine’s Out in Front column about the surprising abundance of BeiDou-centric papers to be presented at the upcoming ION GNSS+ conference, to which I very much look forward — both the abundance and the conference as a whole. With GLONASS encountering stormy weather of late, and Galileo plugging steadily along but not... read more

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Out in Front: A Star Is Born

August 1, 2013By

Welcome to the club, India, and happy Birth Day. With the July 1 launch of IRNSS-1A, India and the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System have officially joined the GNSSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society). With full membership, however, come some society duties and responsibilities. Chief and first among these is to provide all other society members and interested parties with... read more

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Get Back, Loretta: DARPA Seeks to Eliminate GPS Dependence

July 24, 2013By
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By Alan Cameron Call it irony, poetic justice, or just the nature of the beast. The same impulse that led to the invention of GPS now has engendered a drive to beget non-GPS. In the 1970s, the U.S. military began putting together a program “to drop five bombs in the same hole.” The program office, to the wall of which... read more

Out in Front: Uh-oh for Information

July 1, 2013By

Back around 1992, in the early days of the World Wide Web, a starry-eyed pundit trumpeted “The Internet will do for information what TV did for entertainment!” “Uh-oh for information,” riposted an editorial cartoonist at the time. To be sure, television since the 1950s has brought a few new high points of entertainment into homes around the world, as well... read more

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Expecting Twins: A How-To Guide to Dual Launch

June 26, 2013By
Galileo FOC: These pictures give the first detailed views of the next batch of Galileo satellites, the first of which has already been delivered to ESA for rigorous testing in simulated space conditions. Credit: OHB

Recently released views of the next two Galileo satellites in the European Space Agency’s testing lab, along with dual-launch rumblings from the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin, occasion this story about two birds with one drone. That is, an unmanned autonomous vehicle bound for the exosphere. The rest of the GNSS world is on board with this topic; isn’t... read more

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