ION-JNC and the Nascent Paradigm

July 8, 2015By
Take-off of the 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first powered, sustained and controlled heavier-than-air flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

In June, I participated in the Institute of Navigation’s Joint Navigation Conference. This year attendance was up by 20 percent. The entire event was FOUO (For Official Use Only) with a classified day, which included a remarkable War Fighter Panel that I co-chaired with my colleague Jim Doherty at Institute For Defense Analyses. It is always heart-warming and invariably enlightening to hear our warfighters discuss capabilities that GPS enables for them in times of peace and war. You could even say this was the theme of the conference: “The capabilities that GPS technology enables.” PLUS: The future of SpaceX. read more

Out in Front: The State of Our Union, 2015

July 1, 2015By

Sometimes you have to stop and, yes, smell the roses, but also survey just how far you’ve come, where you stand at this actual moment, and what directions hold the most promise for the future. When you’re moving as fast as the GNSS and PNT industries do, a periodic pause to assess becomes even more vital. That’s why we conduct... read more

Expert Advice: The Tigers Claim Their Territory

July 1, 2015By

Report from the 2015 China Satellite Navigation Conference By Greg Turetzky This May, the sixth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) was held in Xian, site of China’s famous buried warrior tombs. This was the fourth time I have attended, and every year the event has grown in both attendance numbers and global importance. The conference opened with the usual provider updates... read more

EGNOS Dream Now a Reality

June 29, 2015By
EGNOS demonstration equipment aboard a new Airbus A350 WXB.

Toulouse, France, an aerospace city and the center of the French aerospace industry, was the birthplace of EGNOS, Europe’s satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), in 1994. So it was appropriate that the first-ever EGNOS Flight Event was organized there in May by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Commission. EGNOS is the acronym for European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.... read more

eLoran Progresses Toward GPS Back-Up Role in U.S., Europe

June 25, 2015By

As of June 19, eLoran is on the air in the United States. The low-frequency signal emanates from a former U.S. Coast Guard Loran Unit in Wildwood, N.J., which sports a 625-foot signal mast that has been out of action for five years. The signal is receivable at distances of up to 1,000 miles. The eLoran navigation and communications signal is difficult to disrupt; further, it could be an important part of enabling UAVs to fly safely in our airspace. read more

Autonomous Vehicles Face Privacy, Security and Liability Issues

June 24, 2015By

Plus: Resurgence in indoor location-based marketing, ITS America annual meeting report
Autonomous vehicle technology has made industry-smart people pause and think what the consequences will be if cars and other platforms drive themselves. Will there be a huge increase in traffic when everyone decides to call their cars to grab a loaf of bread at a store? Many of these topics were discussed at the ITS America annual meeting held in Pittsburgh May 31-June 3. In other location news, there seems to be a resurgence in location-based marketing and indoor positioning conferences, leading one to believe that large retailers are finally taking notice. read more

Will China Win the Automated Vehicle Race?

June 24, 2015By

By Janice Partyka The race for the automated vehicle is on. This time, it’s not about whether automotive OEMs or tech will own the vehicle. It’s a battle between Baidu, China’s web giant, and Google, and it isn’t clear who will win. Baidu has announced it will launch an unmanned car in the second half of this year. Despite speculation... read more

The Remaking of Hemisphere

June 17, 2015By

When Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology in China acquired the Hemisphere GPS OEM business in January 2013, and the significant Hemisphere GPS agriculture business split under the new AgJunction name, people may have gotten the impression that the OEM business was weakened by the break-up. But with some of the brightest innovators and developers in the GNSS OEM business, Hemisphere has a wealth of experience and a store of intellectual property as a part of the new organization — and the new Athena and Atlas. read more

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