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Eighth GPS IIF Set to Launch Wednesday

October 23, 2014By

The Air Force is set to launch the 8th GPS IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on October 29. The 18-minute launch window opens at 1:21 p.m. EDT. An Atlas V 401 will launch the GPS IIF-8 mission for the U.S. Air Force. The live webcast will begin at 1:01 p.m. EDT. As described by the Air Force, GPS IIF-8 is... read more

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Qualcomm to Acquire SiRF Chipmaker CSR

October 20, 2014By

Qualcomm, Inc., has agreed to buy British CSR for $2.5 billion, to enhance its automotive infotainment and Internet of Things (IoT) offerings. CSR is known to the GPS/GNSS industry as the maker of the SiRFstar series of chips, which are used in many consumer devices. Qualcomm is a leading maker of chips used in smartphones. According to Qualcomm, the acquisition complements the company’s offerings... read more

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Spectra Precision ProMark Helps Find Mines in Bosnia-Herzegovina

October 20, 2014By
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is burdened with one of the world’s most severe land mine problems as a result of the four years of hostilities from 1992 to 1995 that left an estimated two million unexploded landmines and munitions scattered in 28,699 locations throughout the country. In one district in the northeast of the country, Posavina Without Mines (PWM), a humanitarian,... read more

Galileo Team Raced to Respond Following FOC Launch

October 17, 2014By
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On September 27, the first two Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites were handed over from the European Space Agency’s Space Operations Centre (ESOC) in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use. The satellites, launched on August 22, are in excellent health and working normally. However, a launcher problem left... read more

European Rail Supported by European GNSS

October 16, 2014By
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By the European GNSS Agency (GSA) As European satellites offer a possibility to improve the efficiency of train control systems, GNSS technology is starting to gain momentum in the rail sector. To promote the role of GNSS in this important sector, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently exhibited at Innotrans — a leading rail transport tradeshow. EGNOS can and, in the future,... read more

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Red Cross Recruits Volunteers to Map Ebola Outbreak Regions

October 16, 2014By
A GIS expert helps the Doctors without Borders epidemiological team respond to the ebola outbreak.

The American Red Cross Geographic Information System team is enlisting volunteers to help map areas in Africa hard hit by the ebola virus. The Red Cross is attempting to get ahead of the virus by creating detailed maps of rural towns and villages so officials can track the deadly virus as it spreads, according to ABC News. Volunteers have been drafted to study satellite... read more

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India Launches Third Navigation Satellite, IRNSS-1C

October 16, 2014By
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India has successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), early on October 16. The satellite was launched aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C26 at 2002 GMT (4:02 p.m. EDT) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.After the lift-off of PSLV-C26 with the ignition of the first stage, the important flight events — namely, stage and strap-on ignitions, heat-shield separation,... read more

Abstracts Deadline for First RIN Conference Is October 24

October 15, 2014By

There is still time to submit abstracts for the Royal Institute of Navigation’s new conference. The deadline for abstracts is October 24. The RIN International Navigation Conference is set for February 24-26 in Manchester, England. To submit an abstract and view the full call for papers, visit this link. In this first event in a brand-new series of world-class conferences, the... read more