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Japan space agency to use GPS to destroy space debris

December 20, 2016By

Japanese space agency JAXA is testing a way to collect and destroy space junk. Space debris is becoming an increasingly large problem for space agencies and private companies. A prototype system called the Kounotori Integrated Tether Experiments (KITE) arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) on Dec. 12 that will allow engineers to test the mechanisms that propel a tether-equipped spacecraft. The spacecraft... read more

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New SatNav offerings come to market via STL service

December 20, 2016By

Pursuant to a recent announcement of new PNT solutions independent of GPS/GNSS signals, provided via the Iridium constellation, GPS World talked with Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. Orolia has partnered with Satelles to bring new PNT products and services to the global market, with a focus on military, and defense, government and commercial customers worldwide. “We are a manufacturer and... read more

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Esri ArcGIS 10.5 helps make sense of real-time information

December 20, 2016By

Esri has released Esri ArcGIS 10.5, its next-generation analytics technology for innovative organizations. Organizations worldwide are challenged to make sense of real-time digital information. Esri ArcGIS 10.5 helps them glean insight from enterprise data, big data and the Internet of Things and share that insight in intuitive ways. The heart of Esri ArcGIS 10.5 includes: Improved capabilities for handling large-scale analytics... read more

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UK startup Focal Point offers smartphone positioning technologies

December 19, 2016By

U.K.-startup Focal Point Positioning has unveiled two new positioning technologies. S-GPS and D-Tail represent step changes in consumer GPS processing and smartphone indoor positioning, the company said. S-GPS is a new signal processing, sensor fusion and machine learning scheme that dramatically improves the accuracy and availability of satellite-based positioning signals, the company said. The patent-pending S-GPS technology provides increased sensitivity... read more

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Vertical RTK system increases accuracy for agriculture

December 19, 2016By

Trimble has launched a patent-pending VerticalPoint RTK system for grade control in agriculture. VerticalPoint RTK provides significantly enhanced vertical accuracy and stability of standard single-baseline RTK systems reducing the downtime and costly delays experienced by many agriculture land improvement contractors today. VerticalPoint RTK is available in North America and Australia as an unlock on the Trimble FmX integrated and TMX-2050... read more

Galileo declares Initial Services

December 15, 2016By

At a Dec. 15 ceremony in Brussels titled “Galileo Goes Live,” two high officials of the European Commission issued the Galileo Initial Services Declaration. The Declaration of Initial Services means that the Galileo satellites and ground infrastructure are now operationally ready. These signals will be highly accurate but not available all the time, since the constellation is not yet complete... read more

Orolia fortifies resilient PNT with Satelles satellite time and location signal

December 15, 2016By

A strategic alliance announced on Dec. 15 between Orolia and Satelles includes product development and go-to-market activities of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions provided by the Iridium satellite constellation, independent of GPS/GNSS signals. The companies intend to provide PNT solutions to military, defense, government and commercial customers worldwide. Orolia, the parent of GNSS-active companies Spectracom and Spectratime, among others,... read more

New golf rangefinder wearables use u-blox inside

December 15, 2016By

U‑blox components are at the core of two new GNSS golf products. The golf rangefinder wearables were launched by Voice Caddie, an international brand of rangefinders and trackers based in South Korea. The T3 Hybrid Golf GPS Watch uses the compact u‑blox UBX‑G7020‑KT professional‑grade GNSS chip, which links with GPS/QZSS or GLONASS satellite systems. The B1 GPS Band uses the u‑blox... read more

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