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Drones Take Off for Location Companies

April 22, 2015By
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The National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas draws 100,000 attendees annually, making it one of the largest trade shows in the country. However, besides timing and some very niche markets, it has not been a big show for location companies. That is, until now, when NAB welcomed drone manufacturers, all of which embed GPS in their flying aircraft. read more

GPS III Update: First Satellite Ready for Testing

April 14, 2015By

Report from the 31st Space Symposium COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — I had the pleasure of having an early breakfast on this beautiful Colorado morning with Mark Stewart, VP and program manager at Lockheed Martin in Denver for the GPS III program. Mark was very upbeat, a normal state for him actually, and stated that GPS III SV1 was fully integrated — payload, bus... read more

What to Do, Who to See at the 31st Space Symposium

April 8, 2015By
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Every year before I attend the Space Symposium, I make a list of topics to explore and people to talk to, both as a journalist and in my senior space analyst profession. I thought I would share my topics and names with you, because you may have some of the same interests — including GPS III, OCX and up-and-coming executives and officers. read more

Expert Advice: The Impact of RFI on GNSS Receivers

April 1, 2015By
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By Fabio Dovis When subjected to very strong interference, a GNSS receiver can be totally blinded and stop working. This is often the scope of intentional jammers. However, in a number of cases the presence of interference is severe enough to significantly decrease receiver performance, but not so much as to make the receiver lose its lock on the satellite signals... read more

Down in the Flood with GPS

March 31, 2015By

Surveyors, prepare to get your feet wet. Global warming is about to hit you in the job list. By 2050, a majority of U.S. coastal areas are likely to be threatened by 30 or more days of flooding each year. This according to a December report in Earth's Future, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. read more

Expert Advice: Taking Up Positions — Galileo and E112

March 31, 2015By
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Europe is looking at the imposition of Galileo as part of an A-GNSS technology push for E112 emergency calling applications. E112 processes currently do not specify performance criteria for the position location accuracy. read more

Out in Front: The Things We Carry

March 31, 2015By
Alan Cameron, editor-in-chief

We have entered a discussion phase at the magazine, a fierce conversation if you will, occasioned on the one hand by the periodic need to freshen our appearance, but also to re-investigate and re-evaluate our whole approach. The way we do things, and the actual things we do. The thoughts and pre-conceptions and mental equipment we carry with us to... read more

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