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Russia, China Sign Satellite Navigation Agreement

February 10, 2015By

Russia and China have signed a cooperation agreement on satellite navigation, a Russian Space Agency spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Tuesday. Roscosmos chief Igor Komarov met with Xu Dazhe, the leader of China’s National Space Administration, on an official visit in Beijing. “The first provision to set up a committee and a protocol were signed during the first working session. Igor Komarov and Xu Dazhe discussed... read more

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Trimble’s Pocket-Sized R1 GNSS Receiver Enables Data Collection with Smart Devices

February 10, 2015By

Trimble has introduced the R1 GNSS receiver, a pocket-sized, rugged, standalone receiver that works with iOS, Android or Window mobile handhelds, smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth connectivity. When paired with a smart device, the receiver adds professional-grade GNSS geo-location capabilities to transform consumer devices into high-accuracy mobile data collection systems. With the evolution of smartphones and tablets, more field workers now have... read more

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Raytheon GPS Ground Program Passes Review

February 9, 2015By

The ground control system (OCX) that Raytheon is developing for the next-generation GPS program has passed a Pentagon review, reports Reuters. The program will be monitored to ensure it stays on track, a senior Air Force official said on Feb. 6 as reported by the news service. Major General Roger Teague, director of space programs for the Air Force acquisition chief, said a review... read more

Delta Rocket Moves to Launchpad for March GPS Launch

February 9, 2015By

The Delta 4 rocket that will launch the next GPS satellite has been rolled out to the launch pad, reports Spaceflight Now. The satellite itself, GPS IIF-9, will be attached to the rocket in March. The United Launch Alliance vehicle is scheduled for launch March 25. The launch will be the 371st Delta rocket since 1960 and the 29th Delta 4 since 2002.... read more

Report Looks at Feeding Growing Global Population with Precision Farming, IoT

February 9, 2015By

A new report by Beecham Research examines how the agricultural sector is embracing precision farming to face challenges raised by an increasing worldwide population and the impact of climate change. The United Nations predicts the global population will reach 8 billion by 2025, and 9.6 billion by 2050, meaning food production must increase by 70 percent by 2050. The report explores how agricultural... read more

BeiDou Precision Nav Will Receive GPS, GLONASS, Galileo Signals

February 9, 2015By

A senior Chinese government space official on Feb. 5 said precision-navigation user receivers in China will be fitted with chipsets receiving satellite signals from BeiDou, GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo, according to Space News. The move could accelerate the trend among navigation chipset and receiver makers to build gear for multi-constellation reception, and at the same time undermine regional measures to promote one system over... read more

Judge Rules Against LightSquared in Claims Against GPS Firms

February 9, 2015By

A U.S. judge dismissed the bulk of two lawsuits by LightSquared and equity owner Harbinger Capital Partners, reports Reuters. The suits accused Trimble, Garmin and Deere & Co. of misleading them about interference concerns and hastening the company’s fall into bankruptcy. In an opinion issued Feb. 5 in Manhattan federal court, Judge Richard Berman threw out Harbinger’s lawsuit, and denied nine of... read more

Latest Galileo Satellites Reach Launch Site

February 6, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency Another two Galileo satellites have touched down in French Guiana ready to take their place in Europe’s satellite navigation constellation. The pair, safely cocooned inside their air-conditioned containers inside an Air France Boeing 747, landed at Cayenne–Félix Eboué Airport yesterday. They were then taken by lorry to be installed in the cleanroom surroundings of Europe’s Spaceport... read more

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