GNSS

European Navigation Conference Set for April in Vienna

November 5, 2012By
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The European Navigation Conference 2013 will be the 17th conference within the ENC series held under the auspices of the European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN). The conference will be hosted  by the Austrian Institute of Navigation (AIN) and will take place April 23-25, 2013, in Vienna, Austria. The conference venue is located at  the Austria Center Vienna next... read more

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Good News and Plenty of It

November 2, 2012By
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Firing on all cylinders — to use a slightly outmoded technological metaphor — GNSS moved forward on virtually every front in the past month. GPS made major advances both on the ground and in space, Galileo took a giant step, Compass continued on its roll, GLONASS has good news pending in only a day or two (knock on wood), and... read more

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Tip Line Encourages Public Participation in the Fight Against GPS Jammers

November 2, 2012By

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Communications Commission’s Enforcement Bureau today launched a dedicated jammer tip line – 1-855-55-NOJAM (or 1-855-556-6526) – to make it easier for the public to report the use or sale of illegal GPS, cell phone or other signal jammers. It is against the law for consumers to use, import, advertise, sell or ship a GPS or... read more

What Is Achievable with the Current Compass Constellation?

November 1, 2012By
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Data from a tracking network with 12 stations in China, the Pacific region, Europe, and Africa demonstrates the capacity of Compass with a constellation comprising four geostationary Earth-orbit (GEO) satellites and five inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellites in operation. The regional system will be completed around the end of 2012 with a constellation of five GEOs, five IGSOs, and four... read more

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Innovation: Getting Along

November 1, 2012By
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Collaborative Navigation in Transitional Environments
In this month’s article, a team of researchers at The Ohio State University discusses a system under development for collaborative navigation in transitional environments — environments in which GPS alone is insufficient for continuous and accurate navigation. Their prototype system involves a land-based deployment vehicle and a human operator carrying a personal navigator sensor assembly, which initially navigate together before the personal navigator transitions to an indoor environment. This system will have multiple applications including helping first responders to emergencies. Read on. read more

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The System: Galileo, Compass, GPS Launches All Succeed

November 1, 2012By

October 12: A Soyuz launcher carrying two Galileo In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites deployed its twins into orbit within 4 hours after take-off, at close to 23 200 km altitude. They join two earlier IOV spacecraft launched in October 2011. Once all four are operational in space, they will provide the minimum number of satellites required for navigational fixes — enabling... read more

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Out in Front: Happy Birthday, GNSS

November 1, 2012By
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  By Alan Cameron.   It was thirty years ago today, Cheremisin taught the band to play. They’ve been going in and out of style, but they’re guaranteed to raise a smile. So may I introduce to you the constellation here for years, Vladimir Putin’s GLObal NAv Sat System! While in our booth at INTERGEO in Hanover last month, I... read more

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USAF Awards Four Contracts To Improve GPS Performance

October 31, 2012By

The U.S. Air Force is investing to improve the Global Positioning System (GPS) used worldwide for military and civilian purposes. Between Sept. 28 and Oct. 1, the Air Force announced four new GPS contracts. Three were in the $30 million range, including contracts to Rockwell Collins and L-3 Communications to test and engineer new GPS technology, while Raytheon was awarded... read more

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