System and Business News

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
Photo credit: United Launch Alliance.

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
LD-Javad

“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

The Business — May 2014

May 1, 2014By

The Business section from the May 2014 issue. Download the PDF here. Includes: KVH Inertial Aboard UAVs via Geodetics, NovAtel; Trimble UX5 Unmanned Craft Captures Images, Maps; Spirent Enables Multi-GNSS Integration in Consumer Devices; MobileMapper 20 Extends GIS in the Field; Indoor Research Employs Spectra Precision Equipment; NovAtel CORRECT with TerraStar PPP Service Now Available; SatNav Can Make European Rail More Affordable; More Airports Across Europe... read more

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The System: GLONASS Fumbles Forward

May 1, 2014By
GLONASS PLOT from the Roscosmos GLONASS Information-Analytical Centre, showing the 12-hour outage, with full service eventually restored on April 2.

Two April Disruptions Furnish Fodder for Multi-GNSS Receivers and Alternative PNT In an unprecedented total disruption of a fully operational GNSS constellation, all satellites in the Russian GLONASS broadcast corrupt information for 11 hours, from just past midnight until noon Russian time (UTC+4) on April 2 (or 5 p.m. on April 1 to 4  a.m. April 2, U.S. Eastern time).... read more

Protect, Toughen, Augment: Words to the Wise from GPS Founder

April 15, 2014By
Brad Parkinson

“What can we do to reduce the vulnerability [of GPS] and ensure that the expectations of the public are going to be met?” asked Dr. Bradford Parkinson as he opened his presentation this morning (Tuesday, April 15) at the European Navigation Conference, ENC-GNSS 2014 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Parkinson went through his 61-slide, 50-minute briefing on what he called “PTA”... read more

Locata Warns: Lessons to Be Learned from GLONASS Spasm

April 15, 2014By
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Calling it an “unprecedented and deeply worrying total disruption . . . [that] shook the industry,” Locata Corporation reiterated its call for redundant terrestrial systems to back up GNSS in the wake of the April 1 11-hour GLONASS system outage. Nunzio Gambale, Locata CEO, said “We have been telling the industry for years that you cannot have a critically important... read more