System and Business News

The System: One Step Back, Three Steps Forward

September 1, 2014By
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Galileo IOV Bird Mute; New Draft ICD; CS Proved; Late August Launch Orbiting in silence since an onboard power mishap on May 27, troubled E20 emitted cheeps from space on August 6, 7,  and 8, broadcasting on the L1 frequency. Nothing has been heard since.  Meanwhile, the European Commission (EC) published a new draft version of the Galileo Open Service... read more

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The Business — August 2014

August 1, 2014By

The Business section from the August 2014 issue. Download the PDF here. Includes: Tests Show Tech Can Meet FCC Indoor 911 Accuracy; InvenSense to Acquire Sensor Nav Companies Trusted Positioning, Movea; Business Aviation Agrees to Promote EGNOS Use at European Airports; Patent Issued for Dynamic Location Reporting; Remote Patient Monitoring to Reach €19.4B in 2018; News from the Esri User Conference;... read more

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The System: GPS III, Always a New Horizon

July 30, 2014By

First, Lockheed Martin began investigating options for its GPS III payload supply line last year.  Then in June of this year, the U.S. Air Force opened a “sources sought”  initiative for a production-ready GPS space vehicle, equipped with an alternate payload, for consideration alongside the Lockheed Martin-built GPS III vehicle. Grumman and Boeing have responded to the U.S. Air Force... read more

The Business & Product Showcase— July 2014

July 1, 2014By

The Business section from the July 2014 issue. Download the PDF here. Includes: Leica Releases Viva GNSS Unlimited Series; GAGAN-Enabled Mobile Computers Launched in India; KVH Launches Inertial Nav System with Embedded GPS/GNSS; Hexagon Acquires iLab for Smart Agriculture; Ethertronics Unveils GPS Helix Antenna for Mission-Critical Applications; Trimble Adds Automation to office Suite; Altus offers Second-Generation GNSS rTK rover; locator for Aviation Launched; Events PLUS: Mobile... read more

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The System: GLONASS in April, What Went Wrong

June 24, 2014By
Figure 1. Affected broadcast messages for each GLONASS satellite. Colors indicate the different orbit planes.

By Gerhard Beutler, Rolf Dach, Urs Hugentobler, Oliver Montenbruck, Georg Weber, and Elmar Brockmann What Happened: On April 1, 2014, at 21:15 UTC, all GLONASS satellites started to transmit wrong Broadcast Messages (BM) as previously reported by GPS World. The satellite positions derived from these BM were wrong by up to ± 200 kilometers in each of the three coordinates... read more

The Business — June 2014

June 1, 2014By

The Business section from the June 2014 issue. Download the PDF here. Includes: NovAtel Launches OEM617D, FlexPak-S SAASM Enclosure; Applanix, American Aerospace Partner on Mapping for UAVs; VectorNav Launches Dual-Antenna GPS-Aided Inertial Nav System; Sparton Offers GPS-Assisted Inertial Navigation System; Leica Geosystems Offers CC55 Controller; DeCarta Search Engine Expands to 120 Countries; Events; Briefs read more

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The System: Sixth GPS IIF Launched into Orbit

June 1, 2014By
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A sixth GPS IIF satellite was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral at 8:08 p.m. EDT May 16. The satellite, designated GPS IIF-6 and built by Boeing, is one of the next-generation GPS satellites, incorporating improvements to provide greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for users. According to Boeing, each GPS IIF satellite... read more

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GPS/GLONASS Dispute: CEO Clarifies Misunderstandings

May 23, 2014By
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“Use any opportunity to create friendship and peace,” urged Javad Ashjaee, president and CEO of JAVAD GNSS, in a May 23 conversation with journalists. He decried the recent controversy about monitoring stations on both U.S. and Russian soil, saying it was based in misinformation and misinterpretations, inflated by a political crisis in a completely different area. “This [GNSS] is a... read more