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Leap Second Implementation Confuses Some Receivers

February 2, 2015By

The United States Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) has issued a notice about a problem some receivers are having implementing the correct time. The U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center has received reports of synchronization issues since the implementation of a leap second on Jan. 21. Users experiencing this problem should contact the receiver manufacturer for a firmware or software update. Below is the... read more

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New NovAtel RTK GNSS Receiver Offers Advanced Heading Capabilities

February 2, 2015By
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NovAtel Inc. has announced the FlexPak6D enclosed GNSS receiver, a flexible dual-antenna solution for application developers seeking a high-precision heading-capable positioning engine for space-constrained applications. Designed for efficient and rapid integration, the compact, lightweight receiver tracks GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Antenna placement is flexible, which means the antenna baseline can be set according to space available on the vehicle... read more

OxTS Offers Core Module for Inertial, GNSS

January 30, 2015By
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The xOEMcore, now being offered by Oxford Technical Solutions (OxTS), is an inertial navigation system that can also serve as a framework for other positioning systems. The xOEMcore is a combined six-axis inertial measurement unit and navigation system with sensor fusion in one compact OEM module. In its base form, the xOEMcore measures and outputs raw accelerations and angular rates... read more

Pirker Drone Case Reaches Settlement

January 30, 2015By

Aerial photographer Raphael Pirker has settled the civil penalty proceeding brought by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013 concerning his flight of a styrofoam Zephyr II model aircraft (or “drone”) at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in October 2011. The $1,100 settlement  “does not constitute an admission of any of the allegations in the case or an admission of... read more

IS-GNSS 2015 Issues Call for Papers for Kyoto Conference

January 30, 2015By

The organizers of the International Symposium on GNSS (IS-GNSS 2015) are seeking paper submissions. The symposium will be held Nov. 16-19 in Kyoto, Japan. The International Symposium on GNSS is designed to bring together experts engaged in PNT and GNSS technologies — including industry professionals, practitioners, academics and researchers — to disseminate their latest research results and allow cross-disciplinary exchange of knowledge to... read more

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U of Michigan Wins ION’s Fifth Autonomous Snowplow Competition

January 30, 2015By
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A team from the University of Michigan took home the fifth Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division’s Autonomous Snowplow Competition. The competition was held Jan. 22-25 at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minn., in conjunction with the 129th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Sponsored by The ION Satellite Division and held in cooperation with the ION North Star Section, the... read more

FAA Warns Super Bowl Fans: Leave Drone at Home

January 28, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared today that Super Bowl XLIX will be a “No Drone Zone.” “Many familiar sounds are associated with the Super Bowl: Cheering fans. Referee whistles. The spectacular halftime show. Booming fireworks,” the FAA wrote. “But one sound you shouldn’t hear is the whirring of an unmanned aircraft overhead. The Super Bowl is strictly a ‘No Drone... read more

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Chinese BeiDou/GPS Module Aims to Serve Civilians

January 28, 2015By

A new module produced by a Chinese company combines GPS and BeiDou for civilian positioning, especially for automobiles. The module has been in development for years, and offers improved accuracy and reliability, according to its makers. “GPS is a single-mode application. But we what are offering with our new module now is a system that can combine Beidou and GPS services,... read more

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