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Rockwell Collins Awarded Contract to Develop Secure Software-Defined Radio GNSS Receiver Capability

September 18, 2013By

Rockwell Collins has received a 2 million contract from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to develop and demonstrate a secure software-defined radio (SDR) GNSS receiver capability. GNSS typically refers to equipment that can receive signals from multiple navigation satellite systems including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and the Chinese BeiDou system. By utilizing multiple available satellite signals, a GNSS receiver can... read more

PCTEL Launches Antennas for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo Apps

September 18, 2013By

PCTEL, Inc. announced the launch of its next generation multi-band GNSS antennas for global timing and precision tracking applications at the ION GNSS Conference being held this week in Nashville, Tennessee. The new antennas, which are designed for use with GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo systems, are being showcased along with other PCTEL antennas at the PCTEL booth in the... read more

Septentrio PolaRx2 Receiver Orbits Earth on Board TET-1 Satellite

September 18, 2013By
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Septentrio announced today that a PolaRx2 receiver has reached more than 330 hours of successful operation on board “Technologie-Erprobungs-Träger 1” (TET-1), the first satellite of the German On-Orbit-Verification program. The Septentrio receiver is the backbone of the Navigation and Occultation Experiment (NOX) developed by German Aerospace Center (DLR). The purpose of the experiment is to prove the suitability of commercial-off-the-shelf... read more

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SBG Systems Releases Ekinox Land Solution

September 17, 2013By
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At ION GNSS+ this week, SBG Systems announced the release of the Ekinox Land Solution, an all-in-one solution combining the cost-effective inertial navigation system with an odometer, and a GNSS RTK reference station for smooth positioning in land applications. GPS positioning in urban canyons, forests, or tunnels has always been challenging. By taking the best of these complementary technologies, Ekinox... read more

Exelis Completes Critical Data Security Work on GPS OCX System

September 16, 2013By
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Exelis has delivered three ground-based encryptors to Raytheon Company for the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation Global Positioning System Operational Control System, or GPS OCX. Designed to automatically code and decode GPS signals, encryptors facilitate the exchange of user information by securely transmitting navigation payload data between the OCX ground station and the orbiting constellation of satellites. “Following successful thermal, electromagnetic... read more

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AFIT, Locata Partner on GPS Technology Development

September 16, 2013By
AFIT-Locata Kick-off Meeting. This is the first picture ever released by Locata which shows their radically new switching antenna, a design that AFIT will now modify for use with GPS receivers. Pictured (L-R): Dr. Steve Hewitson & Ian Sainsbery (Locata engineers); Jason Barhorst (AFIT); David Small (Locata technology inventor), Nunzio Gambale (Locata CEO), Dr. John Raquet (Director, Advanced Navigation Technology Center, AFIT), Dr. Peter Collins (AFIT), Dr. Trevor Hobbs (Locata Director of R&D).

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) and Locata Corporation have signed a Co-operative Research & Development Agreement (CRADA) to build and demonstrate new Locata multipath mitigation technology for use in GPS receivers. This cooperation is expected to leverage many years of proprietary Locata ground-based technology development to bring completely new capabilities to satellite-based GPS receivers, AFIT said. The Air... read more

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UNB Technology Space Launch Delayed

September 16, 2013By
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Update: Elon Musk, SpaceX’s CEO and chief designer, has posted an update on the status of the upcoming Falcon 9 launch on his Twitter account. “Will do another static fire of rocket to make sure all is good & AF [[Air Force]] needs to test ICBMs, so probable launch Sept 29/30,” Musk tweeted. “The static fire is scheduled for later... read more

Garmin’s New Sports Watches Feature Color Display

September 16, 2013By
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Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd., the global leader in satellite navigation, is now offering the Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220 GPS running watches, both of which have color displays. The Forerunner 620 offers advanced features like recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max (maximal oxygen uptake) estimate to help runners train and achieve race goals. When used... read more