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ESA declares Galileo 7 and 8 fully operational

December 4, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency Having completed their rigorous checks in space, two more of Europe’s Galileo satellites are now fully operational, broadcasting navigation signals and relaying search and rescue messages from across the globe. Galileo 7 and 8 were launched on March 27 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Once the satellites were nursed to life in orbit,... read more

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Chronos and UrsaNav partner on Loran PNT networks

December 3, 2015By
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The founders of Chronos and UrsaNav have formed a new collaboration, named Taviga, that will focus on preserving and establishing low-frequency (LF) positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) networks the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States, using repurposed Loran-C or purpose-built eLoran technology. Taviga — named for timing and navigation — aims to ensure timing and navigation for critical infrastructure from cyber and... read more

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DJI launches company’s first agriculture drone

December 3, 2015By
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Unmanned aerial vehicle maker DJI has launched of a smart, crop-spraying agricultural drone. The DJI Agras MG-1 is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use. The eight-rotor Agras can load more than 10 kilograms of liquid for crop-spraying and can cover between seven and 10 acres per hour.... read more

Tallysman introduces upper GNSS band, L-band capable antennas

December 3, 2015By
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Tallysman has introduced the TW2920 antenna for simultaneous reception of L-band correction signals and all of the upper band GNSS signals, including GPS L1, GLONASS G1, Galileo E1 and BeiDou B1. The TW2920’s 1-dB bandwidth covers 1525-1559 MHz for the L-band downlink and 1559-1610MHz for the upper-band GNSS. The LNA of the TW2920 provides 28dB of gain; the TW2940 is a higher... read more

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PlanetiQ signs weather satellite launch contract with India’s Antrix

December 3, 2015By
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PlanetiQ has signed a contract with Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), for the launch of PlanetiQ’s first two weather satellites on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) during the fourth quarter of 2016. Ten more satellites are planned for launch in 2017 to complete an initial set of 12 satellites that will... read more

u-blox joins Qualcomm and Broadcom as top three GPS/GNSS IC vendors

December 2, 2015By

ABI Research’s competitive analysis evaluates GNSS IC vendors across innovation and implementation parameters The GNSS market is slowly shifting in new directions, according to ABI Research. While the smartphone market continues to grow, new opportunities are also emerging in automotive, insurance, wearables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Overall, the GNSS market is forecast to continue to... read more

Israeli startup aims for flexibility with GNSS software receiver

December 2, 2015By
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Galileo Satellite Navigation Ltd. (GSN), an Israeli startup, is demonstrating a navigation solution that can “pull the sword out of the stone,” said Uri Michon, sales and marketing manager for GSN. The company has developed its own GNSS software receiver, and is now in the final stage of integration to a Korean (long-term evolution) LTE integrated circuit (IC) manufacturer platform.... read more

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Topcon and DAQRI collaborate on wearable tech for construction

November 30, 2015By
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Topcon Positioning Group is collaborating with DAQRI, an augmented reality company, on wearable technology designed to change the way construction and survey professionals interface with the job site. DAQRI is the creator of the DAQRI Smart Helmet, an industrial-grade wearable that seamlessly connects humans to their work environments by providing information about the world around them. Topcon and DAQRI will work together to create... read more