Opinions

Out in Front: Readers, marketing partners co-engineer GPS World redesign

November 15, 2015By
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GPS to the power of PNT. Or, as I like to think of it, GPSPNT. We are rapidly entering — or we have already entered — the era in which we say “GPS” but we really mean so much more. We mean GNSS: GPS + GLONASS + Galileo + BeiDou. We mean all of the above plus satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS), now... read more

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Taking Position: Solving PNT problems on Mars

November 13, 2015By
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In the novel The Martian, an astronaut must navigate around a duststorm using his wits. By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor Last year on my way home from ION  GNSS+, I spotted a bright orange book in the San Francisco airport. The Martian, by Andy Weir, is now a major motion picture — a wonderful movie, but one that left out a... read more

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Expert Opinions: Your Organization’s Future

November 11, 2015By
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Three experts answer the question, "Where do you see your efforts and those of your organization focusing primarily over the next 5–10 years?" Vidal Ashkenazi (Notttingham Scientific Ltd.), Jules McNeff (Overlook Technologies) and Terence McGurn (Consultant) provide answers. read more

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PNTAB and eLoran in the People’s Republic

November 11, 2015By
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That is, in the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado. To those of us who live in Colorado, Boulder is known by this seemingly timeless but absolutely accurate appellation. This stunningly beautiful city located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, known as the Flatirons, is where the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board (PNTAB), which provides independent advice to... read more

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Technology adoption slow in small towns

November 4, 2015By

I was born in a small town and I live in a small town. I’ll probably die in a small town, but only if you want to call a blue-collar city of 75,000 people small. My friends are small town and my parents still live here in this same small town. It was here in this small town that I... read more

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New BeiDou TMBOC Signal Tracked; Similar to Future GPS L1C Structure

October 28, 2015By
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China’s new third-generation BeiDou satellites are broadcasting some new signals in space. The newest signal, which just began broadcasting from a satellite launched on Sept. 30, is similar to the future GPS L1C signal with time-division BOC(1,1) and BOC(6,1) signals. Such a type of modulation is called time-multiplexed binary offset carrier (TMBOC, see note below). Researchers at JAVAD GNSS have... read more

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Opinions Vary on Autonomous Vehicle Rollout

October 22, 2015By
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By Kevin Dennehy
Two recent Washington events highlighted the gulf in expectations for full autonomous vehicle rollout. The question is, why are the two groups so far apart? Funding? Safety? Cyber Security? read more

The Risks of Self-Driving Cars

October 22, 2015By
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We fear the hacker who might corrupt the software system of our vehicles. Maybe they will subvert our brakes or steering. And Volkswagen gave us a new scare. Maybe we should fear the car manufacturer. Can we trust vehicle OEMs for the safety of self-driving cars? Before we buy a vehicle, most of us read reviews and test drive the... read more

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