GNSS

European Ground Stations Enable Galileo Search and Rescue Training

October 8, 2013By
Svalbard station on Spitsbergen in the Norwegian Arctic.

The European Space Agency’s completion of a pair of dedicated ground stations at opposite ends of Europe has enabled Galileo satellites in orbit to participate in global testing of the Cospas–Sarsat search and rescue system.The Maspalomas station, at the southern end of the largest island of the Canary Islands, at the southern fringe of European waters, was activated in June. And... read more

International Colloquium Focuses on Galileo Fundamentals

October 4, 2013By
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The Fourth International Colloquium – Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme will be held December 4-6, 2013, in Prague, Czech Republic. This colloquium intends to bring together leading members of the European scientific community and their international partners. One of its aims is to propose those in charge of Galileo operations and development means of enhancing the scientific... read more

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The System: Ground Control Readied for GPS III

October 1, 2013By
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Raytheon Company reached several milestones recently in its development of the GPS Next -Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) — a full-sized, functional satellite prototype currently residing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station — successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with OCX during pre-flight tests. GNST proved that it could connect with... read more

Innovation: Getting Closer to Everywhere

October 1, 2013By
FIGURE 1. Functional flow diagrams for a strapdown inertial navigation system (top) and a pedestrian dead-reckoning system (bottom).

Accurately Tracking Smartphones Indoors
If we wish to obtain consistently usable positions indoors using a mobile phone, we can augment its GPS or GNSS receiver with other unfettered sensing technologies such as gyroscopes and accelerometers supplemented by radio signals of opportunity. But is all of this actually feasible? The authors have conducted tests of a multi-system approach to positioning indoors with favorable results. read more

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Moving the Game Forward: Transceivers Aboard Light Vehicles

October 1, 2013By

By John Carr and James Earl Perspectives from a senior technical specialist and a production engineer at Newmont Boddington Gold Mine. Newmont Fleet Management Services now continually monitors and plots the performance of JPS Locata alongside traditional GNSS in an effort to fine-tune the installed infrastructure. Learning to sculpt the perfect network continues as we move our JPS LocataLite transmitters... read more

Synchronized Ground Networks Usher in Next-Gen GNSS

October 1, 2013By
LocataLite installation showing Jps transceiver tower.

An integrated GNSS+Locata system installed on drills, shovels, and bulldozers — the full complement of high-precision machines on site — at Australia’s Newmont Boddington Gold Mine has increased positioning accuracy and availability, as well as mine operational efficiencies, demonstrating an improvement in availability over GNSS-only of 75.3 to 98.7 percent. read more

ENC-GNSS 2014 Issues Call for Abstracts

September 30, 2013By

The Netherlands Institute of Navigation will be hosting the European Navigation Conference (ENC-GNSS 2014) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, April 15-17, 2014. The conference will cover all aspects of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) developments and applications. Special sessions will be organized for innovations and their commercialization. Abstracts can be submitted until December 31, 2013, at www.enc-gnss2014.com. Topics include, but are... read more

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UNB Technology Launched into Space

September 30, 2013By
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After a two-week delay, a rocket carrying a GPS instrument designed by University of New Brunswick scientists was launched into space aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on September 29. The rocket left Vandenberg Air Force base in California as part of the CASSIOPE (Cascade Smallsat and Ionospheric Polar Explorer) mission. Dr. Richard Langley, GPS World Innovation editor and professor... read more