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Spectracom Begins Program for Application-Specific Testing

March 6, 2014By
Spectracom’s GSG-6 Simulator with monitor.

Spectracom has begun a program to develop robust application-specific testing solutions. The program fills what the company calls a technology and expertise gap in providing customers in a variety of industries the tools to perform more comprehensive qualification of their mission-critical systems. Examples of these industries include: ◾ multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) simulation; ◾ integrated MEMs/INS testing; ◾ Interference... read more

Comment Period on Pre-Operational CNAV Message Opens

March 5, 2014By
Carrier-to-noise ratio of L5 signals, measured on June 19, 2013, by  Zheng Yao and colleagues at Tsinghua University, China. Signals were analyzed from three GPS satellites whose PRN numbers are 1, 24, 25, and one QZSS satellites with the PRN of 193 at time of acquisition.

A Federal Register Notice has been published allowing for a 30-day comment period on the proposed CNAV message on L2C and L5. The notice seeks comment from the public and industry regarding plans by the U.S. Air Force to broadcast pre-operational L2C and L5 civil  navigation (CNAV) messages from certain GPS satellites beginning in April. The Department of Transportation is... read more

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Topcon Announces Haul Truck System, DS-200 Upgrade at CONEXPO

March 5, 2014By
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Topcon Positioning Group has made several product and service announcements at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, being held this week in Las Vegas. read more

Navman Wireless Debuts Telematics Portal for Fleets

March 4, 2014By

Fleet tracking provider Navman Wireless USA has announced a new web-based telematics portal designed to streamline management of mixed heavy equipment fleets by consolidating machine data from all OEM and Navman Wireless-tracked assets into a single interface. The new solution complies with the AEMP Telematics Data Standard, provides one-stop fleetwide visibility without adding third-party hardware to machines that already have... read more

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SBAS Working Group Looks to Galileo for Aircraft Guidance, Defines L5

February 28, 2014By
Planned GAGAN service coverage for the two different service levels (RNP0.1 and APV1). GAGAN has been jointly undertaken by the Airport Authority of India and the Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO, to achieve smooth transition to satellite-based navigation and seamless air traffic management across continents. GAGAN is designed to provide improved accuracy, availability and integrity necessary to enable users to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, from en route through approach for all qualified airports within the GAGAN service volume. More precisely it is aimed to provide Non Precision Approach RNP0.1 service levels to the entire Indian Flight Information Region and Precision Approach APV1 service (equivalent to the current EGNOS Service) within a specified service volume within Indian land mass.

Plans to harness Galileo and other satnav systems for next-generation satellite augmentation systems for aviation and other high-performance uses took a significant step forward at the latest gathering of worldwide operators and experts, reports the European Space Agency. Satellite augmentation systems combine additional ground stations and satellite transponders to sharpen satnav accuracy and reliability across given geographical regions — based... read more

Carlson Software’s MINI2 Offers Land Surveyors Performance in a Compact Size

February 26, 2014By
The rugged, lightweight Carlson MINI2.

Carlson Software’s newest data collector, the Carlson MINI2, packs a punch for its compact size. The new handheld computer is taking the place of its predecessor, the Carlson MINI. With an IP68 rating (better than the original MINI), the MINI2 is waterproof and dustproof, and is tested to MIL-STD-810G to meet the environmental demands of the surveying industry. The MINI2... read more

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GNSS Receiver from Galileo Satellite Navigation Now on Cadence Core

February 25, 2014By

A software-based GNSS receiver is now available on Tensilica ConnX DSP IP cores, according to an announcement by Cadence Design Systems and Galileo Satellite Navigation, Ltd. (GSN), a developer of multi-system GNSS products including software receiver technology. The core is being demonstrated at the Cadence booth at Mobile World Congress, being held this week in Barcelona, Spain. The GSN GNSS... read more

Airbus Helicopters Selects Honeywell Navigation System

February 25, 2014By

Honeywell Aerospace’s LASEREF VI navigation system has been selected by Airbus Helicopters for its light helicopter platforms, the EC145 T2 and EC645 T2 family. The LASEREF inertial reference unit (IRU) allows helicopter operators to always have an autonomous navigation source available in the absence of a GNSS and radio navigation. The capability is especially useful when navigating during a mission... read more