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Expert Advice: The Challenge of BeiDou

May 1, 2013By

By Mark Sampson, Racelogic GNSS is changing. The days of only American GPS satellites providing signals to the civilian population are gone as new constellations are launched. GLONASS was a slow starter, but is now well established, and its signal architecture is now commonly implemented in manufacturers’ chipsets. Galileo is still very much in test phase with global coverage planned... read more

Expert Advice: Keeping up with Multi-GNSS

May 1, 2013By
Steve Hickling

By Steve Hickling, Spirent GNSS have been with us for more than 30 years, giving rise to a wealth of positioning and navigation technologies for military, civilian, and consumer use. Today, we’re entering a new era of experimentation and innovation in satellite and hybrid positioning. In turn, this drives new test challenges and introduces an ever wider group of engineers... read more

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Expert Advice: Product Testing: Simulation and Beyond

May 1, 2013By

By Pierre Nemry and Jean-Marie Sleewaegen, Septentrio Satellite Navigation Today’s customers ask for high-accuracy positioning everywhere, even in the most demanding environments. The time is long gone that the only requirement for a receiver was to track GPS L1 and L2 signals in open-sky conditions. State-of-the-art receivers operate in increasingly difficult conditions, cope with local radio-frequency interference, survive non-nominal signal... read more

Out in Front: The System, Simulated

May 1, 2013By

Wealth, breadth, and depth. That’s what this issue brings you, in signal simulation- and testing-related content. Unfortunately, the wealth on offer has to large extent elbowed out our two news sections, The Business and The System. The former is given short shrift in this issue and the latter even shorter herewith, in pithy precis with website shortcuts. And our apologies.... read more

Competition to PNDs Coming from All Angles

April 25, 2013By

It isn’t the same old news that the portable or personal navigation device, PND, has lost a lot of ground to mobile applications found on smartphones. The reason it isn’t old news is that the drop in sales is being measured by the millions — from a high of 33 million in 2011 — to a little more than half... read more

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Time to Hit Warp Speed, Galileo

April 23, 2013By

Report from ENC: Constellation Needs 22 Satellites in Three Years Launch, deploy, and operate “22 satellites in less than 3 years.” That’s two satellites every three months, leading to a four-at-once launch in 2014. And that’s the challenge that Europe and the European Space Agency (ESA) now face. This pointed call to action during the opening plenary of the European... read more