Opinions

Expert Advice: Common Standards for GPS Workflows

April 2, 2014By
Mike Botts

In the mass market, individuals around the world are creating vast quantities of location data and GPS traces using not only GPS, but also Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo, China’s Compass, and India’s Regional Navigational Satellite System. The value of this data and the value chains that produce it will increase significantly with an increase in interoperability of these satnav systems. Currently, non-interoperability represents a serious obstacle to the growth of the GPS market. read more

Out in Front: Europa, Europa

April 1, 2014By
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Not so long ago, we occasionally speculated on the order of GNSS preference for both manufacturers and end users. GPS first, of course. Only the most radical of future visions saw anything different. But after that? GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou — or switch them around? A case could be made for almost any sequence, by virtue of active constellation size or... read more

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EGNOS, European Superiority, and the Need to Get ‘Very, Very Busy’

March 31, 2014By

The European GNSS scene received an early Easter present with the successful launch of two new-generation transponders for the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). The two geostationary transponders, GEO-2, rose on board the SES ASTRA 5B satellite from the European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana, on March 22 via an Ariane 5 lifter. The... read more

Squeeze at the Launchpad for Galileo

March 31, 2014By

With the first two full-operational-capability (FOC) Galileo satellites successfully through their thermal-vacuum tests, the program’s next hurdle is securing a firm launch date in June aboard a Europeanized Russian Soyuz rocket, operated from Europe’s spaceport on the northeast coast of South America. It will not be a walk in the park. Competing with the two Galileo FOC satellites for the... read more

GPS CNAV Debate, and GNSS Interoperability Moves Forward

March 27, 2014By

The most modernized GPS satellites on orbit will broadcast a new civil navigation message (CNAV) on the L2C and L5 signals in April. That's the plan, at least. An update on the CNAV debate in the United States. Also, summaries of key presentations from the international committee charged with inter-GNSS compatibility and interoperability. read more

Missing Plane, New Mapping Abilities, and GPS Jamming

March 25, 2014By

As the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 riveted our attention, many sprang into action. More than two million volunteers scoured online satellite images for signs of the plane via Tomnod, a crowdsourcing project of DigitalGlobe. Volunteers like Robert Wilkinson are asked to view satellite photos and tag any signs of wreckage, rafts, oil spills and other objects that may... read more