GNSS

Pacific PNT: GNSS, SBAS Updates

April 24, 2013By

The status of world GNSS, and augmentation systems in the Pacific region, highlighted the policy session of the Institute of Navigtion Pacific PNT Conference being held this week in Honolulu, Hawaii. Here are a few highlights: BeiDou. Construction of the second phase of BeiDou has been completed; further launches for the third phase – constellation completion – are on hold... read more

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Time to Hit Warp Speed, Galileo

April 23, 2013By

Report from ENC: Constellation Needs 22 Satellites in Three Years Launch, deploy, and operate “22 satellites in less than 3 years.” That’s two satellites every three months, leading to a four-at-once launch in 2014. And that’s the challenge that Europe and the European Space Agency (ESA) now face. This pointed call to action during the opening plenary of the European... read more

Locata Positioning to Underpin Crash Avoidance Research

April 16, 2013By
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Locata Corporation announced today that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) plans to install a Locata network as the core positioning technology in a $30 million upgrade soon to be underway at its Vehicle Research Center near Washington, D.C. A LocataNet will provide the vitally important high-precision positioning required by the VRC to perform rigorous, consistent and repeatable scientific... read more

Comments Sought on Future User Needs for Nationwide DGPS

April 16, 2013By

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, is seeking public comments on  current and future user needs for the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS). The agencies want to know how users use NDGPS, and are seeking ideas for future uses or alternative uses. According to the notice in... read more

First GPS Cell Phone on Display at Smithsonian

April 12, 2013By
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The first GPS-enabled cell phone, developed by Navsys Corporation, is now on display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum’s Time and Navigtion exhibition, which opened today. This device marks an important step in GPS history that paved the way for positioning to become the integral component of communications technology that exists today, Navsys said. Navsys assisted in... read more

GIOVE-A Uses GPS Side Lobe Signals for Far-Out Space Navigation

April 12, 2013By
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The European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) retired GIOVE-A navigation mission has become the first civilian satellite to perform GPS position fixes from high orbit. Its results demonstrate that current satnav signals could guide missions much further away in space, up to geostationary orbit or even as far as the Moon. GIOVE-A has been able to fix its position, velocity and time... read more

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Lockheed Martin Team Completes Delta Preliminary Design for Next GPS III Satellite Capabilities

April 11, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin has successfully completed a Delta Preliminary Design Review (dPDR) for the next Global Positioning System (GPS) III satellite vehicles planned under the U.S. Air Force’s GPS III program. The GPS III program will replace aging GPS satellites, while improving capability to meet the evolving demands of military, commercial and civilian users. GPS III satellites will deliver three times... read more

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ESA Telecom and Navigation Vehicle Ready for Test Driving

April 11, 2013By
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The radio spectrum is about to get even busier, as Europe’s Galileo satnav system starts services, at the same time the European Space Agency (ESA) tests novel satellite-based telecommunication services. Supporting these developments from the ground, ESA’s new custom-built Telecommunications and Navigation Testbed Vehicle will measure the resulting signals from all over Europe. Adapted from a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van,... read more