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Russian Proton-M Crashes, Loses Another Payload

May 16, 2014By

In 2013, Russia lost three GLONASS satellites when their launch aboard a Proton-M rocket went awry, sending the satellites crashing into the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan instead of aloft into space. Before that, in 2010, three other GLONASS satellites ended up in the Pacific Ocean aboard a Proton-M rocket. This week, on  May 15, another Proton-M satellite crashed, this time with... read more

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CGSIC Issues Notice on Problem with Certain GPS Devices

May 16, 2014By

Flawed processing of GPS satellite data in some GPS receiver chipsets has caused concern, but the problem is not with the GPS constellation itself. “SVN 64 broadcasts a data message that clearly indicates SVN 64 is unusable for navigation. Nevertheless, the U.S. government has confirmed that certain GPS receivers are using data from SVN 64, in violation of GPS interface... read more

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NovAtel Launches OEM617D Single-Card GNSS Receiver with RTK

May 15, 2014By
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NovAtel Inc. has released the OEM617D receiver, a compact, dual-antenna, dual-frequency, single-card receiver with NovAtel’s ALIGN heading functionality and RT-2 Real Time Kinematic (RTK) GNSS positioning technology, in dynamic and static environments. NovAtel made the announcement at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2014, being held this week in Orlando, Florida. The OEM617D offers complete dual-frequency operation with GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou signals... read more

FlexPak-S GNSS Enclosure Delivers SAASM Positioning for Defense

May 15, 2014By
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NovAtel has launched the FlexPak-S GNSS SAASM enclosure. The FlexPak-S contains a NovAtel dual-frequency OEM625S receiver card integrated with L-3’s XFACTOR Selective Availability Anti Spoofing Module (SAASM) onboard. The FlexPak-S is security-approved by the GPS Directorate for operational use. NovAtel made the announcement at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2014, being held this week in Orlando, Florida. When keyed by authorized defense... read more

Disruption in Australia Traced to User Equipment

May 14, 2014By

User equipment incorrectly interpreting data from a satellite set “unhealthy” led to an apparent constellation outage for roughly 1,000 fleet vehicles across Australia in April. The problem was traced to the way a GPS/telecomm chip reacted to an extended navigation test aboard SVN-49, having to do with the recently launched IIF satellite, SVN-64. Although SVN-49 was set unhealthy at the... read more

Applanix, American Aerospace Partner on Mapping for UAVs

May 14, 2014By
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Applanix Corp. and American Aerospace Advisors, Inc. (AAAI), have agreed on an OEM supply agreement that will incorporate Applanix direct georeferencing technology into AAAI’s unmanned aerial platforms. The collaboration creates a commercially available professional-grade mapping UAV system for civilian applications such as pipeline monitoring, power line surveys and emergency-response mapping. The availability of the system follows a series of successful... read more

Trimble Launches New Version of 4D Control Software

May 14, 2014By
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Trimble has introduced the latest version of its deformation monitoring software, Trimble 4D Control version 4.3. The latest version features new optional monitoring applications — the High Rise App, the SeismoGeodetic App and the Trimble 4D Control Site Setup App for Trimble Access — to better analyze complex data communicated from a broad range of GNSS, optical, geotechnical, seismic, atmospheric... read more

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GPS IIF-6 Launch Delayed until Friday Night

May 14, 2014By

Update: The launch of the GPS IIF-6 satellite has been delayed one day due to bad weather. Another GPS IIF satellite is expected to lift off aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 8:08 p.m. EDT May 15 at the opening of an 18-minute launch window. The satellite, designated GPS IIF-6 and built by Boeing,... read more