GNSS

Exelis Wins Air Force Contract to Research Low-Cost GPS Alternatives

January 23, 2013By

ITT Exelis has been awarded a $2.15 million contract by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to research the development of a small satellite navigation payload to augment the current GPS program. The GPS NAVSAT (Navigation Satellite) program seeks to provide affordable capabilities to aid end-users located in tough-to-reach environments. “The development of smaller satellites — in terms of size,... read more

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Luch-5B Starts SBAS Test Transmissions

January 21, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to tracking data from stations of the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment, the second Russian Luch satellite, Luch-5B, started transmitting GLONASS and GPS differential corrections on January 17, 2013, at around 11:07 UTC. Luch-5B, launched on November 2, 2012, carries a transponder for the System for Differential Correction and Monitoring satellite-based augmentation system. The... read more

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u-blox Demonstrates Navigation Using BeiDou

January 18, 2013By

Swiss-based u‑blox, a provider of GPS/GNSS and wireless semiconductors, has achieved successful satellite positioning using China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. According to u-blox, the technical achievement establishes u-blox as the first GNSS component vendor to demonstrate compatibility with all globally deployed positioning systems: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and now BeiDou. However, NovAtel has also announced support for the BeiDou Navigation... read more

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Galileo IOV Satellites Begin Transmitting Navigation Messages

January 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. Two of the Galileo In-Orbit Validation satellites, E11 and E12, began transmitting navigation messages on their Open Service signals on January 17. Several stations in the Cooperative Network for GNSS Observation and the International GNSS Service’s Multi-GNSS Experiment network received the messages. The epheremis data in the messages appears to be updated every 10 minutes. read more

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GLONASS Satellites Moving to New Slots

January 18, 2013By

News courtesy of CANSPACE listserv. On  December 21, 2012, GLONASS 712 was deactivated and replaced in almanac slot 8 by GLONASS 743, transmitting on frequency channel -6 (minus 6). At the time, the satellite was physically in orbital slot 2. On January 4, the GLONASS System Control Centre announced that GLONASS 743 was to be moved from orbital slot 2... read more

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NovAtel GNSS Receivers Provide BeiDou Support

January 16, 2013By

NovAtel announces support for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on its OEM6 family and select OEMStar GNSS receivers. The long-anticipated BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Interface Control Document (ICD) release is a significant milestone that facilitates global acceptance of BeiDou into the growing range of satellite-based positioning applications, NovAtel said. NovAtel has a long-standing partnership with several Chinese GNSS system... read more

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Spirent Announces Support for BeiDou-2 Testing

January 10, 2013By

Test solutions company Spirent Communications plc today announced the availability of test systems with support for China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in addition to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. Spirent started shipping BeiDou-ready test systems to customers in 2012. The solution will now be upgraded to full-BeiDou capability using the information from the recently released first full issue of the BeiDou-2... read more

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Septentrio Demonstrates BeiDou+GPS+GLONASS Positioning

January 9, 2013By
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Septentrio announced on January 7 that it has successfully implemented BeiDou support in the company’s high-precision receiver software, taking advantage of the recent official release of BeiDou’s Interface Control Document (ICD) to including the Chinese satellite navigation signals into its position-velocity-time (PVT) solution. According to the Belgian GNSS receiver manufacturer, its engineers “are currently processing further data sets to finalize... read more