GNSS

UPDATE: EGNOS Satellite Launch Set for August 6

June 21, 2012By

  News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. UPDATE: The Interfax news agency has announced that the rescheduled launch date for SES-5 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, originally scheduled for June 18, is August 6, 2012. The launch is being delayed due to a problem with a first stage subsystem on the Proton launch vehicle. The rocket has been rolled back to the... read more

GLONASS Antenna

June 19, 2012By

Taoglas is launching the AA.16X Dominator series of antennas, which have a wider bandwidth to cover the GLONASS operating frequencies up to 1610 MHz, a good axial ratio, and a double resonance design for optimum reception at the center frequencies. Taoglas’ GPS antennas are being used in the field by many different M2M solution providers including tracking, telematics, and GPS... read more

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Out in Front: State of the Industry

June 1, 2012By

It’s not been done before, so we’re going to do it now. In the September issue of this magazine will appear the very first State of the Industry report. On the GNSS industry, of course. It will cover such topics as the global economy and how it affects business in your sector. Customers’ availability of capital to invest is top-of-mind for most industry professionals, whether designers, manufacturers, integrators, suppliers/dealers, or end users. read more

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The System: Commercial GPS in Combat

June 1, 2012By

Partnership Council Affords Insight, Drama By Alan Cameron This year’s GPS Partnership Council provided among other highlights a discussion of the tensions between commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) receiver systems used in tactical combat operations versus official military GPS user equipment (MGUE), and an enthralling warfighters’ panel that revealed much of those COTS/MGUE dilemmas. The event, held May 1–2 in El Segundo,... read more

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Innovation: Coming Soon

June 1, 2012By
FIGURE 1. GNSS tracking stations in the IGS real-time network.

The International GNSS Real-Time Service
The International GNSS Service has embarked on a project to provide a high-accuracy GPS satellite orbit and clock data service in real time. The service will also provide 1-Hz data streams of GPS and GLONASS data from a network of global continuously operating reference stations. The IGS real-time data and orbit and clock products will be of immense benefit for geoscience studies and a host of other science and engineering applications. A team of authors associated with this project discusses the genesis and status of the real-time service and the plans to provide an initial operating capability. read more

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Lockheed Martin Completes Navigation Payload Milestone for GPS III Prototype

May 29, 2012By

The Lockheed Martin team developing the next generation Global Positioning System III satellites has completed a major integration and test event on the program’s satellite pathfinder, known as the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST). The milestone is a key indication that the GPS III team is on track to deliver the first satellite for launch availability in 2014. In... read more

Guest Editorial: Commercial GPS Receivers See Combat Action

May 23, 2012By

This month we present a guest column by James D. Litton, who attended the 2012 GPS Partnership Council, jointly sponsored by the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association and the U.S. Air Force GPS Directorate. The key topic of this year’s council quickly emerged as the tension between commercial off-the-shelf GPS receivers and official military issue; the two are used side-by-side in active military theaters. read more

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MBOC Signal Furor

May 23, 2012By

A subsidiary of the UK Ministry of Defence has been granted a UK patent on the MBOC signal design, which was a product of lengthy and cooperative negotiations between U.S. and European scientists. The UK patent, taken in the names of two UK scientists participating in the project, is being used by a legal firm to demand royalty fees from... read more

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