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DOD Announces Start of Civil Navigation Message Broadcasting

April 29, 2014By

The Department of Defense announced that U.S. Air Force Space Command will begin broadcasting Civil Navigation (CNAV) messages on all operational GPS satellites capable of transmitting the L2C and L5 signals. L2C and L5 are the first of several new civil capabilities being added to GPS as part of the GPS modernization program announced in 1999. The L2C signal is... read more

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Trimble Adds Compaction System for Bulk Earthworks and Landfill Operations

April 29, 2014By

Trimble has released a new GNSS-based machine control solution to improve efficiency of bulk earthworks and landfill compaction operations. Installed on a four-drum soil or landfill compactor, the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System allows a machine operator to make more uniform and efficient passes, report compaction production data in the field, and ensure target compaction is reached with minimal fuel... read more

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CSR, OriginGPS Accelerate Adoption of Wearables with Tiny GNSS Modules

April 25, 2014By
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CSR plc and OriginGPS have announced a series of high- performance GNSS modules using CSR’s SiRFstarIV and SiRFstarV product lines. The new modules are 70% smaller than current solutions and deliver a 30% reduction in Time To First Fix (TTFF), making them ideal for health and fitness trackers, sports watches, medical devices, wearable action cameras, and digital still cameras. All... read more

Faulty Software Determined Cause of GLONASS Failures

April 25, 2014By

The two April failures in Russia’s GLONASS were caused by mathematical mistakes in software, according to Oleg Ostapenko, head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos. Russian newspaper Ria Novosti reported on a press conference where Ostapenko said that programmers who had designed the satellites’ new software had made several mathematical mistakes, but the problem was not major and has practically... read more

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Galileo Maritime Tests Followed Route of Viking Ships

April 24, 2014By
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Results are being processed from the first Galileo maritime trials outside of mainland Europe. The long-range, high-latitude testing spanned the North Sea, following the same historical sailing route that Viking dragon-ships used 1200 years ago. Ancient manuscripts record Viking navigators relied on “sunstones” to find their way — archaeologists believe these may have been polarizing crystals to pinpoint the Sun... read more

Activation of Pre-Operational CNAV Message Set for April 28

April 24, 2014By

U.S. Air Force Space Command will be implementing CNAV messages on the GPS L2C and L5 signals beginning April 28 at 14:30 UTC, to facilitate user familiarization and development of compatible user equipment. No GPS satellite outages or degradations are planned. The L2C and L5 CNAV messages should be transparent to users. A 30-day public comment period on the pre-operational CNAV... read more

NovAtel CORRECT With TerraStar Service Now Available

April 21, 2014By

NovAtel Inc. announces that with the release of its 6.400 firmware, NovAtel CORRECT positioning technology is now available with TerraStar’s precise point positioning (PPP) corrections. Delivered via L-band, TerraStar corrections provide decimeter-level accuracy worldwide on all NovAtel OEM6 high-precision receivers, without users having to add base-station infrastructure. Subscriptions to the TerraStar correction service are available seamlessly to customers through NovAtel’s... read more

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Braxton LADO System Supports 10th GPS Satellite Initialization

April 21, 2014By

GPS IIF-5 was launched on February 20 and turned over to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) for operations on March 5. This was the 10th successful launch and initialization using Braxton Technologies‘ Launch, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) system. LADO has performed all the mission planning, commanding and telemetry processing necessary to prepare all GPS satellites for... read more