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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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The System: Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation

March 1, 2014By

Galileo Accomplishes In-Orbit Validation Nucleus of Four Now Operational: It “Works, and Works Well” The European Space Agency (ESA) announced fulfillment of the in-orbit validation (IOV) of Galileo on February 10. IOV was achieved with four satellites, the minimum number needed to perform navigation fixes. “IOV was required to demonstrate that the future performance that we want to meet when... read more

The System: Competition for the Gold Standard

February 1, 2014By
The main antenna of the second Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellite being inspected with a flashlight in advance of mass property testing at the European Space Agency’s  ESTEC Test Centre in the Netherlands. Thermal-vacuum testing on the second model began in early 2014. The two FOC satellites will be launched on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s French Guiana Spaceport in mid-2014. Whether four more can rise and begin providing initial Galileo services by the end of the year is the question of the hour.

BeiDou Releases Public Service Performance Document In late December, director Ran Chengqi of China’s Satellite Navigation System Management Office announced the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Public Service Performance Standard. The document details the public service performance parameters of the BeiDou system, including service area, accuracy, integrity, continuity, and availability. It is a basic commitment to customers from BDS providers,... read more

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The Business — February 2014

February 1, 2014By

The Business section from the January 2014 issue (Download the PDF). Includes: 2014 Receiver Survey Addendum (for the full survey, click here); FAA Selects Six Sites for UAV Research; NovAtel Supplies Reference Receivers for IRNSS Ground Segment; SkyTraq Seeks Crowdfunding for GPS/BeiDou Development Board; Hemisphere GNSS Names Chuck Joseph President and CEO; Honda Joins Google Alliance to Develop GPS Solutions;... read more

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The Business — January 2014

January 1, 2014By

The Business section from the January 2014 issue (Download the PDF). Includes: Raytheon Receives $16M Contract  for Miniaturized Airborne Receivers; Loctronix Ships Software-Defined Radio Module; Amazon Demonstrates Drone Deliver; CHC Delivers 520 Receivers in Myanmar Contract; Qualcomm Chipset Offers 4G LTE World Mode; u-blox Launches Timing Module; Broadcom Offers Location Chip with BeiDou Support; more. read more

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The System: Two More Threes for Space

January 1, 2014By

A December 12 contract modification provided Air Force funding to Lockheed Martin to complete the fifth and sixth GPS III space vehicles (SV 05-06). Lockheeed originally received funding to procure long-lead parts for satellites five through eight (SV 05-08) in February 2013. read more

The Business — December 2013

December 1, 2013By

The Business section and the Product Showcase from the December 2013 issue (Download the PDF). Includes: NovAtel Launches CORRECT OEM Positioning; Applanix Airborne Mapping Products Given Trimble CenterPoint Service; Volvo, Mercedes-Benz Drive Roll out of ADAS as Standard Equipment in Cars; Kinexon Named Galileo Master for Athlete Tracking Analysis; Altus Launches Juniper Archer 2; and more. read more

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