Opinions

RTK on a Smartphone Running AutoCAD: I Did It Last Week

April 10, 2014By
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Last week was spring break (for high school and college) for my kids. We decided to drive to San Francisco and the surrounding area to do a little sightseeing. It’s a beautiful place. This is a view from our 3rd floor room in the hotel, looking over the bay. Here’s a view from the Marin Headlands overlooking San Francisco Bay and... read more

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The Adventure of the Atomic Clock

April 9, 2014By
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In consulting my notebooks for the spring of 2014, I find many remarkable cases that engaged the attention of my intimate friend Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The intrigue into which we were drawn by the visiting American, Geo. P. Hess, probed the unforeseen effects of a launchpad fire, the mysterious slide to the right of two system segments, and the enigma of the vanishing leaders. read more

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Expert Advice: Galileo, EGNOS Open Europe’s Road Ahead

April 2, 2014By
Tim Reynolds

This spring, two Brussels conferences focused on new possibilities and modes of transport enabled by satellite navigation, showing the added value delivered by current and future European GNSS solutions. read more

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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