Design & Test

ION GNSS+ Preview: UAVs, Indoor Location and a Shark!

August 19, 2015By
The show floor at ION-GNSS 2014.

The Institute of Navigation (ION) GNSS+ conference Sept. 14-18 covers issues such as PNT privacy, includes a new UAV session, and brings back the popular indoor navigation demonstrations with a significantly larger group of companies demonstrating. read more

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New GNSS Market Report Assesses 2020 Outlook

August 17, 2015By

A new GNSS market research report by research firm RNCOS forecasts the global core GNSS market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 9 percent during 2015-2020. The GNSS industry includes technology that allows any user having a compatible device to determine their position, velocity and local time by processing signals from satellites in space. Signals include GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou... read more

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Airbus, Lime Microsystems Partner on Robust Galileo Receiver

August 17, 2015By

Lime Microsystems and Airbus Defence and Space, with funding from Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board), will jointly be developing robust GNSS products, according to a Lime Microsystems blog. Airbus D&S, using Lime’s Field Programmable RF (FPRF) transceiver technology, is developing a robust timing receiver that exploits signals from the new Galileo satellite navigation constellation. A highly integrated Field Programmable RF... read more

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Qualcomm Completes $2.4 Billion Acquisition of CSR

August 14, 2015By

Qualcomm Incorporated announced Thursday that its subsidiary Qualcomm Global Trading Pte. Ltd. has completed the acquisition of CSR. CSR is known to the GPS/GNSS industry as the maker of the SiRFstar series of chips, which are used in many consumer devices. Qualcomm started the acquisition process for CSR in October 2014. With this close of the acquisition, Cambridge Silicon Radio Limited, or CSR, is renamed Qualcomm Technologies... read more

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Rohde & Schwarz Offers Fast Production Testing for GNSS Receivers

August 11, 2015By
The R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator equipped with the SMBV-P101 package.

Rohde & Schwarz now offers a new, speed-optimized production tester — the R&S SMBV100A vector signal generator equipped with the R&S SMBV-P101 package. During production testing of modules and receivers for satellite-based communications, the basic GNSS signal reception and the connection between the antenna and GNSS chipset need to be checked. The GNSS production tester simulates separate satellites for the GPS, GLONASS,... read more

A Satellite with Personality

August 7, 2015By
SVN49 in space  (artist’s rendering).  The signal anomaly from SVN 49 alerted researchers to new possibilities in analysis and monitoring.

Chip Transition-Edge Based Signal Tracking for Ultra-Precise GNSS Monitoring Applications
This novel concept of monitoring chip asymmetry can extend the state of the art in the areas of GNSS signal-quality monitoring and authentication. Tracking GNSS signals using their underlying spreading sequence chip transition edges reveals positive versus negative chip asymmetries that are characteristic to each satellite. This asymmetry is due to various types of natural signal deformation that is known to occur within the satellite’s signal generation and transmission hardware. read more

Locata Positioning Will Underpin NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System Research

August 6, 2015By

NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., according to an announcement by Locata. NASA Langley is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new 
UAS safety and technology concepts under development. The LocataNet will provide high-precision non-GPS-based... read more

A Scintillating Project

August 1, 2015By
Setting up the receiver antenna for the offshore trial on board the Geograph vessel.

Countering Ionospheric Disturbances Affecting GNSS in Brazil By Marcio Aquino After 27 months of intense research, the CALIBRA project ended successfully in February 2015, with the project team devising solutions to tackle the effects of perturbations typical of the Brazilian ionosphere on high-accuracy GNSS positioning. CALIBRA was funded by the European Union and the European GNSS Agency. Kicked off in 2012, CALIBRA first confirmed the vulnerability of... read more