Design & Test

Topcon Unveils B110 GNSS Receiver Board

October 15, 2012By
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Topcon Positioning Systems announces the light, ultra-compact dual-frequency positioning engine, the B110 GNSS receiver board. The B110 is the first GNSS board with Topcon’s new Vanguard ASIC, supporting 226 universal channels for GPS, GLONASS and Galileo tracking and scalable positioning from sub-meter DGPS to sub-centimeter RTK. The B110 board’s small size, low power consumption and flexible communication interfaces make it... read more

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JAVAD Tracks L5 Signals from Indian GAGAN Satellite

October 4, 2012By
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JAVAD GNSS has commented on some news that its receivers can track a new L5 signal from the Indian SBAS satellite, GSAT-8, launched on May 20.  In a further explanation to GPS World, CEO Javad Ashjaee explained, “All owners of our products can track it. The only thing is that if customers have not updated their firmware for a long time,... read more

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New BeiDou-2/Compass Satellites Begin Transmissions

October 1, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv.   The two BeiDou-2/Compass satellites launched on 18 September are now  in their circular medium Earth orbits and have started transmitting navigation signals. Several stations participating in the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment as well as some in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation started tracking the satellites on 26 September. From NORAD/JSpOC, we have... read more

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Lockheed, Raytheon Complete First Launch Exercise for Next-Gen GPS Satellites

September 11, 2012By

Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed the first launch readiness exercise for the U.S. Air Force’s next generation GPS III satellites. The exercise is a key milestone demonstrating the team remains on schedule to achieve launch availability in 2014, the companies said. The Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellites and the Raytheon-developed next generation GPS operational control system, known... read more

Innovation: Software GNSS Receiver

September 1, 2012By
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An Answer for Precise Positioning Research
In this month’s “Innovation,” we look into the development and capabilities of one modern software GNSS receiver in an effort to answer the question “What is the ideal GNSS receiver for precise positioning research?” read more

GIOVE-B: Lost and Found

August 20, 2012By

After more than four years of service as a Galileo test-bed satellite, GIOVE-B was retired on July 23. Its navigation transmitters were switched off and, according to an announcement from the European Space Agency, the satellite's height was subsequently raised in a series of steps to place it in a so-called "graveyard" orbit where there will be no danger of it interfering with the operational Galileo satellites or other spacecraft. read more

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Next Galileo Satellite Reaches French Guiana Launch Site

August 9, 2012By

The next Galileo navigation satellite has touched down at Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, to begin preparations for its launch in October, reports the European Space Agency. Cocooned within a protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite left the Thales Alenia Space Italy plant in Rome on Monday evening for nearby Fiumicino Airport. read more

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NVS Technologies Selected by Advanced Navigation for Spatial Miniature GNSS/INS System

August 7, 2012By

Advanced Navigation, a leading developer of 3D navigation technologies, has launched its Spatial product series, featuring NVS Technologies AG’s NV08C-MCM high-performance multiple GNSS-constellation receiver. The Spatial is a ruggedized miniature GNSS/INS & AHRS system that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation under demanding conditions. It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with an advanced GNSS receiver. These are coupled in a sophisticated fusion algorithm to deliver accurate and reliable navigation and orientation, Advanced Navigation said. read more