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New GNSS Market Report Assesses 2020 Outlook

August 17, 2015By

A new GNSS market research report by research firm RNCOS forecasts the global core GNSS market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9 percent during 2015-2020. The GNSS industry includes technology that allows any user having a compatible device to determine their position, velocity and local time by processing signals from satellites in space. Signals include GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou... read more

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Trimble Launches VRS Now Service in Georgia

August 17, 2015By

Trimble has launched Trimble VRS Now correction service in Georgia. The commercial subscription service provides surveyors, civil engineers, and geospatial professionals in the region with instant access to real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS corrections without the need for a base station. Using both the GPS and GLONASS constellations, the Trimble service delivers centimeter-level RTK corrections customized for each GNSS receiver’s location... read more

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Airbus, Lime Microsystems Partner on Robust Galileo Receiver

August 17, 2015By

Lime Microsystems and Airbus Defence and Space, with funding from Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), will jointly be developing robust GNSS products, according to a Lime Microsystems blog. Airbus D&S, using Lime’s Field Programmable RF (FPRF) transceiver technology, is developing a robust timing receiver that exploits signals from the new Galileo satellite navigation constellation. A highly integrated Field Programmable RF... read more

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Qualcomm Completes $2.4 Billion Acquisition of CSR

August 14, 2015By

Qualcomm Incorporated announced Thursday that its subsidiary Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd. has completed the acquisition of CSR. CSR is known to the GPS/GNSS industry as the maker of the SiRFstar series of chips, which are used in many consumer devices. Qualcomm started the acquisition process for CSR in October 2014. With this close of the acquisition, Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited, or CSR, is renamed Qualcomm Technologies... read more

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Newest BeiDou Satellites Begin Operating

August 14, 2015By

The two BeiDou satellites launched July 25 are now operating autonomously, according to the news site English.news.cn. The satellites were launched by a Long March III-B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province, southwest China. The twin satellites, dubbed BEIDOU-3 M1 and BEIDOU-3 M2, surpass their predecessors in speed, accuracy and weight, according to the news agency. China... read more

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Registration Opens for International Symposium on GNSS

August 13, 2015By
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Registration is now open for the International Symposium on GNSS (IS-GNSS 2015), which will be held Nov. 16-19 in Kyoto, Japan. The early bird registration deadline has been extended and closes Aug. 31, and regular registration is Sept. 1-Oct. 31. The International Symposium on GNSS is designed to bring together experts engaged in PNT and GNSS technologies — including industry professionals, practitioners,... read more

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Canada to Supply MEOSAR Search and Rescue Repeaters to GPS III

August 13, 2015By
The MEOSAR satellite payload is being developed for GPS III satellites.

The Canadian government will begin providing search-and-rescue repeaters for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III satellites, reports Space News. The repeaters provided by Canada’s Medium Earth Orbit Search and Rescue (MEOSAR) satellite project will significantly reduce the time it takes to locate a distress signal. Canada’s Department of National Defence will begin negotiations with the U.S. Air Force to install 24 repeaters on GPS... read more

Most Railroads Will Miss Positive Train Control Deadline

August 13, 2015By

Most railroads will miss the Dec. 31, 2015, deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC), according to a report submitted to the U.S. Congress by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). Congress established the deadline in 2008. An automatic train control system — many of which use GPS — was not installed on the commuter rail route where an Amtrak train left... read more