Aviation & Space

NovAtel Offers Commercial Tactical-Grade MEMS IMU

September 4, 2013By
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NovAtel has added Sensonor’s commercially exportable OEM-IMU-STIM300 to its SPAN GNSS + INS line of positioning products. The OEM-IMU-STIM300 is a Micro Electromechanical System (MEMS) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that integrates with NovAtel’s OEM6 receiver technology to provide a powerful 3D continuous position, velocity and attitude solution, the company said. The distinguishing characteristic of the OEM-IMU-STIM300 is its small form... read more

NAVAIR Teams Test GPS Anti-Jamming Device on Small UAV

August 16, 2013By
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Part of an initiative to protect GPS technologies on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), the Navy recently conducted tests to demonstrate how miniaturized GPS protection devices can prevent interruption of this mission-critical global positioning data. From July 10 to 24, the Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office, headquartered in San Diego, mounted a Small Antenna System (SAS) on an Aerostar... read more

Septentrio’s GNSS Heading Receiver Integrates with Tethered Aerostat Systems

August 13, 2013By
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Septentrio announced today that Raven Aerostar, a manufacturer of Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) platforms, has successfully integrated Septentrio’s AsteRx2eH, a single-board dual-antenna GPS/GLONASS heading receiver, into its tethered aerostat systems. Raven Aerostar recently completed a maritime persistent surveillance solution demonstration, deploying a TIF-25K aerostat system aboard the High-Speed Vessel — SWIFT (HSV-2), during which the AsteRx2eH performed remarkably, according to the companies.... read more

Lockheed Martin Delivers Antenna Assemblies for First GPS III Satellite

July 15, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin has completed and is preparing to install the navigation, communication, and hosted payload antenna assemblies for the first satellite of the next-generation GPS III. Seven antenna assemblies, produced at Lockheed Martin’s Newtown, Pennsylania, facility were delivered to the company’s GPS III Processing Facility (GPF) near Denver, Colorado, on June 14.  The antennas will be installed on the first... read more

Lockheed Martin GPS III Prototype Validates Test Facilities

July 10, 2013By
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Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) has successfully completed a series of high-fidelity pathfinding events which validate the process and facility for vehicle integration checkout, as well as signals interference testing, that the next-generation satellites of GPS III will go through before delivery for launch. An innovative investment by U.S. Air Force under the original GPS III development... read more

Northrop Grumman to Offer Improved GPS-Challenged Navigation and Geo-Registration Solution for U.S. Air Force

July 9, 2013By

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a phase two inertial navigation system-related contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory to continue improving geo-registration accuracy for positioning and pointing applications, even in GPS-denied conditions. Geo-registration of data is critical for accurate interaction between systems, such as locating targets and handing off coordinates to another aircraft. Geo-registration of images involves pairing unreferenced... read more

U.S. Navy Conducts Anti-Jam Tests

July 7, 2013By

In July, the Communications and GPS Navigation Program Office mounted a Small Antenna System on an Aerostar unmanned aircraft, then placed the small UAV in a room lined with signal-absorbent material, where it was subjected to GPS jamming signals. Read more about the tests here.   read more

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Trimble Launches Unmanned Aircraft System for Photogrammetric Aerial Mapping

June 17, 2013By
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Trimble has introduced its next-generation Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) — the Trimble UX5 aerial imaging rover with the Trimble Access aerial imaging application. The new solution builds upon the strengths of its predecessor, the Trimble Gatewing X100, to offer enhanced image quality and intuitive workflows. Combined with the Trimble Business Center photogrammetry office software module, the Trimble UX5 is the... read more