European GNSS R&D: There’s an App for That!

June 11, 2015By

A free app for both iOS and Android features the results of European GNSS Agency (GSA) supported research and development initiatives. The new EGNSS Research and Development (R&D) application highlights the tangible results coming out of the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and is designed to serve as inspiration for those participating in the Horizon 2020 (H2020) period. The FP7 and H2020 programs, supported by the GSA,... read more

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OriginGPS Unveils Multi-GNSS Module with Antenna for Wearables

June 10, 2015By

OriginGPS has launched the Multi Micro Hornet, a tiny fully integrated multiple constellation antenna module. The innovative architecture packs functionality and high-quality components in a small space to improve wearables’ fashion and function, the company said. “A recent study by the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) showed that multi-constellation is becoming a standard feature in today’s user equipment,” said Gal Jacobi, CEO... read more

Blink: Researchers Demonstrate Nanosecond Accuracy for Wireless Networks

June 9, 2015By

Researchers experimentally demonstrate the first wireless network synchronized with accuracy of a billionth of a second. A new timing protocol, dubbed “Blink,” would allow for timing greater than that provided by GPS satellites. According to researchers, the protocol would allow for wireless transmission over longer distances with less energy — while improve the overall efficiency of wireless networks. Such an enhanced timing... read more

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Innovation: Carrier-Phase RF Ranging

June 8, 2015By
FIGURE 10. Histogram showing carrier-phase range accuracy.

Precise, Accurate and Multipath-Resistant Distance and Speed Measurements
In this month’s column, we take a look at a short-distance two-way ranging system using a 5.8-GHz carrier to supply not only precise and accurate distance measurements but also complementary measurements of speed. read more

Forsberg Germany Enters Strategic Partnership with Septentrio

June 5, 2015By

Forsberg Germany has begun a strategic partnership with Septentrio Satellite Navigation. Forsberg Germany is an OEM component supplier and system integrator, and Septentrio is a designer and manufacturer of GPS/GNSS receivers. Under the partnership, Forsberg Germany will become a distributor of Septentrio’s OEM boards. Forsberg Germany will sell and support Septentrio OEM receivers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This partnership combines Septentrio’s cm-accurate GNSS positioning technology... read more

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PlanetiQ’s New Pyxis GPS Sensor Tested for Weather Forecasts

June 3, 2015By

PlanetiQ has started testing its first Pyxis weather instrument with successful processing of GPS signals. The Pyxis represents a new paradigm in satellite weather sensor technology that can penetrate through clouds and storms to produce the highly calibrated data required to dramatically improve weather forecasting, climate monitoring and space weather prediction, all at a much lower cost than traditional satellite... read more

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ESA Aims to Map Sea Surfaces with GNSS Radio Occultation

May 8, 2015By
The International Space Station. (Photo: ESA)

A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting. read more

IFEN’s v3.0 of SX3 GNSS Software Receiver Adds Functions

May 4, 2015By

IFEN has launched the latest software release, v3.0, for its SX3 GNSS Software Receiver Generation. The newly released software version 3.0 offers the following new features: Real‐time P‐code generator and P‐code aiding for GPS L1/L2 cross‐correlation Full dual‐antenna support for SX3 Black Edition KML file output for Google Earth real‐time visualization better performance through switch from 32-bit to 64-bit version support... read more

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