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Broadcom Offers GNSS Location Chip with BeiDou Support

December 9, 2013By
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Broadcom Corporation has introduced the BCM47531, a GNSS chip that generates positioning data from five satellite constellations simultaneously — GPS, GLONASS, QZSS, SBAS and BeiDou. The newly added BeiDou constellation increases the number of satellites available to a smartphone, enhancing navigation accuracy, particularly in urban settings where buildings and obstructions can affect performance. More than 226 million mobile phones were... read more

Galileo Position Fix with Open Source Software Receiver Achieved

December 6, 2013By
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For the first time, position fixes in real time using signals from Galileo have been achieved with an open source software receiver. The milestone was achieved by a research team from the Statistical Inference Department here at the Centre Tecnològic de Telecomunicacions de Catalunya (CTTC), which manages the development of the open source project GNSS-SDR. read more

Navtech Partners with DW International on GNSS Coverage for Flight Planning

December 3, 2013By

Navtech, Inc., a Toronto-based provider of flight operations services, has entered a partnership with DW International (DWI). The UK-based aviation consultancy will provide Navtech Flight Plan (NFP) customers with GNSS RAIM/RNP Prediction Services. This service, required to meet FAA Performance Based Navigation (PBN) guidelines and state requirements, fits into Navtech’s current suite and provides GPS coverage information for routes and airports... read more

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Galileo’s First Two FOC Satellites Endure Simulated Space Tests

December 2, 2013By
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ESA’s newest Galileo satellite has emerged from five weeks of simulated space conditions. On Friday, a hatch slid open to end its thermal-vacuum test, a milestone on the way to orbit. The satellite was placed in the 4.5-meter-diameter Phenix chamber in ESA’s ESTEC Test Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in late October. Once inside, the air was pumped out to... read more

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u-blox Launches Precision Timing Module for Cellular Networks

December 2, 2013By
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Swiss-based u‑blox has unveiled the LEA-M8F precision timing GNSS module. The compact, surface-mount module generates a precise 30.72 MHz reference clock crucial for synchronizing industrial data and communication systems such as small, femto and macro-cell mobile networks. High accuracy is achieved by disciplining a local oscillator or other clock source with timing signals received from satellite-hosted atomic clocks. To ensure... read more

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Amazon Demonstrates Drone Delivery Service

December 2, 2013By
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Amazon has unveiled its plans for a new Prime Air service that uses drone helicopters to deliver customers’ orders in as little as 30 minutes. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in an interview on 60 Minutes on Sunday that the drones would be ready to take flight in four to five years. But an Amazon spokesperson pointed to an updated... read more

Experts Seek to Harness Galileo for Science at Fourth Colloquium

November 26, 2013By
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The Fourth International Galileo Colloqium, taking place in Prague, Czech Republic, December 4-6, will bring together leading members of the European scientific community and their international partners. They will propose ways of increasing Galileo’s scientific uses to those in charge of operating and developing the system, and to contribute to future satellite navigation development based on scientific approaches. As Galileo... read more

Jamming Threats Explored in GPS World Webinar

November 25, 2013By

A system to detect and locate GPS jamming will be explored in a free GPS World webinar Thursday, December 5. The webinar, “Detect and Locate GPS Jamming: Provide Actionable Intelligence,” focuses on the Signal Sentry 1000, an Exelis system. GPS is an essential element of the global information infrastructure and supports nearly every facet of modern life. However, the availability... read more

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