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Altus Positioning Systems Pinpoints Cause for GLONASS Default

April 4, 2014By

Regarding the April 1–2 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, president and CEO Neil Vancans of Altus Positioning Systems provides this additional information: “From the reports on GLONASS problems, we have an explanation that may be used in our technical support replies: “Our analysis reveals the GLONASS integration algorithms skipped an interval of around 1.5 minutes at the control... read more

How to Survive a Total Constellation Outage

April 3, 2014By
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Yesterday we posted news of an 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, due to an upload of bad ephemerides. Coincidentally, during that 11-hour period, the mass-market chip company Broadcom was conducting multi-constellation receiver tests in Asia. Frank van Diggelen, Broadcom’s chief GNSS scientist and vice president says, “We have definitive data to show how a multi-constellation receiver survives such... read more

GLONASS Gone . . . Then Back

April 2, 2014By
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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). This rendered the system completely unusable to all worldwide GLONASS receivers.... read more

The System: Galileo Countdown, PNT Advisory Board

April 1, 2014By

Galileo Countdown to 10 by Year’s End Signs Point Toward Early Services in December, If ESA Delivers A February conference on the European Union’s space policy in Brussels sought to set a course for 2020 and close official ranks behind the prospect of early Galileo services at the end of this year. Much in the business community’s perception of the... read more

The Business — April 2014

April 1, 2014By

The Business section from the April 2014 issue (Download the PDF).  Includes: ESNC 2014: Are You Master of the Galileo Universe?; Septentrio, Imec Design High-Precision Galileo Antenna; Veripos Upgrades Reference Stations with Septentrio Multi-GNSS Receivers; Navman Wireless Debuts Fleet Telematics Portal; Have Galileo Position Fix? ESA Is Offering Prizes; Topcon Offers DS-200 Upgrade, Haul Truck System, Enterprise Solutions; Hemisphere’s Vector Adds GLONASS Functionality; TomTom Integrates Indoor Mapping with Micello; Briefs; Events read more

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GNSS Future Glimpsed at Summit in Munich

March 31, 2014By

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit annually gathers people involved with GNSS from around the world to report on current status and progress of the multiple systems. It is a high-level briefing of significant global importance. Of course Europe, Germany, Bavaria, and the European GNSS industry, now recognized around the world, all take the opportunity to present their capabilities and successes.... read more

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Downstream Dialog, Tests in Europe

March 26, 2014By

With Galileo services set to take effect in December, the two European entities charged with the program are engaging manufacturers — the European Space Agency (ESA) in consumer markets, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in the government security sector, respectively. “We put out an open call to satnav manufacturers offering testing with our laboratory facilities,” said the head of... read more

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The Business — March 2014

March 1, 2014By

The Business section of the May 2014 issue. Download the PDF. Includes: Spirent’s SimSAFE Fights Signal Vulnerability; JAVAD TR-3 Receiver; Teleorbit Upgrades Simulation Environment; IFEN Contract for Galileo Signal Test Bed; Spectracom Program for Application-Specific Testing; Spectra Precision SP-80 Uses Six GNSS Systems; Briefs read more

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