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Firmware update for u-blox M8 GNSS receiver adds Galileo

January 26, 2016By

u-blox has released new firmware, FW 3.01, for its u-blox M8 concurrent multi-GNSS platform. u-blox M8 FW 3.01 now also supports Galileo, in addition to GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and SBAS. It can track up to three constellations concurrently and makes use of all SBAS and QZSS augmentation systems at the same time. With Galileo fully deployed, the European positioning system will... read more

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Report GPS timing issues to NAVCEN

January 26, 2016By

GPS timing issues have been reported from some user communities to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) over the last 12 hours, according to an email sent by Rick Hamilton, executive secretariat of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC). “As a reminder, if you continue to experience problems, please report them immediately to NAVCEN,” Hamilton wrote. Report problems... read more

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Advanced Navigation releases GNSS/INS post-processing software

January 25, 2016By
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Advanced Navigation has released its GNSS/INS post processing software Kinematica. Kinematica is designed to be an easy-to-use GNSS/INS post-processing software that allows users to process raw GNSS and inertial data after collection and achieve higher accuracy position, velocity and orientation than is possible in real time. Kinematica has been released as free software with a time lock to Aug. 1, 2016.... read more

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FAA hits 3,000 exemptions, 300,000 registrations for UAVs

January 25, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than  3,000 Section 333 Exemption Grants to allow individuals, businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies to fly drones. FAA Section 333 exemption grants allow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators to fly commercially and provide professional services. Companies use UAVs for bridge inspections, roof inspections, movie and television filming, aerial photography, pipeline inspections, engineering, precision agriculture, mapping... read more

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Aerial delivery without GPS can aid troops, relief operations

January 25, 2016By
A JPADs pallet lands on target, followed by several others still in the air, during recent testing. (Photo: US Army)

The U.S. Army’s Joint Precision Airdrop System (JPADS) has developed a new capability with a navigation alternative to GPS. read more

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US Coast Guard issues GPS jamming alert

January 23, 2016By

The U.S. Coast Guard issued a safety alert on Jan. 16, warning mariners of the potential detrimental impact to navigation caused by GPS interference or jamming. The warning emphasizes the importance of understanding how vessel equipment could be impacted by the loss of a GPS signal. The Coast Guard states that this past summer, multiple outbound vessels from a non-U.S.... read more

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Last Block IIF to replace oldest GPS satellite

January 22, 2016By
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On Feb. 3, the Air Force plans to launch the 12th, and last, satellite in the Block IIF series of modernized GPS spacecraft. The Air Force has produced 12 IIF satellites, featuring new clocks, new civil and military signals, and other upgrades for enhanced accuracy and robustness. Currently, 31 GPS satellites are in operational service, including 11 Block IIF satellites and 20 spacecraft from... read more

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Eos Positioning announces RTK NTRIP app for Android

January 21, 2016By
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Eos Positioning Systems has introduced a comprehensive RTK NTRIP app for Android that works with its Arrow line of RTK GNSS receivers. An Arrow GNSS receiver combined with the NTRIP app turns an Android smartphone or tablet into a powerful data collector capable of recording 1-centimeter accurate GIS data in real-time. “We designed Eos Tools Pro for the RTK user,” said... read more