Design & Test

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

Second Russian SBAS Satellite Prepared for Launch

August 1, 2012By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. Luch-5B, the second of a set of three geostationary satellites being launched to reactivate Roscosmos’s Luch Multifunctional Space Relay System, has been delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome. It arrived together with the Yamal-300K satellite in a single shipping container aboard an Antanov An-124-100 Ruslan flight from Krasnoyarsk. This marked the first time that Information Satellite... read more

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New Version of NMEA 0183 Released

July 20, 2012By

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) has released a significantly updated version of NMEA 0183, its well-known standard that enables the interfacing of marine electronics, reports the Martime Executive. Version 4.10 will improve boating safety and navigation through updates and expansions of various electronic communications “sentences” pertaining to a number of navigation and communications devices, including Galileo satellite receivers and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). read more

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First Positioning Results Using Galileo Announced

July 17, 2012By

A team of Canadian and German researchers have obtained precise three-dimensional positions using measurements from the four prototype Galileo satellites now in orbit. The two In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites launched in October 2011 joined the two Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element (GIOVE) satellites launched in 2005 and 2008, forming a mini-constellation. For a few hours on certain days, signals from all... read more

SSTL Signs €80M Contract with OHB for Second Batch of Galileo Payloads

July 11, 2012By

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) Director of Telecommunications & Navigation, John Paffett, has today signed a contract with Ingo Engeln, member of the Executive Board of OHB System AG at the Farnborough International Airshow, for the construction of a further eight navigation payloads for the European Galileo programme. read more

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