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Happy 20th Anniversary, GPS!

April 24, 2015By
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The Global Positioning System marks its 20th year of operation on Monday, April 27. Below is a timeline showing important milestones in the 20 years since the constellation reached full operational capability (FOC) on April 27, 1995. FOC was formally announced on July 17, 1995. GPS Operational History Timeline read more

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60 Minutes Segment on AFSPC Set for Sunday

April 24, 2015By
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CBS’s 60 Minutes will air a special two-part segment on Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) this coming Sunday, April 26, reflecting a broad array of AFSPC missions — launch, satellite operations, missile warning, acquisition, and the Joint Space Operations Center. The GPS Directorate is a joint service effort directed by the United States Air Force and managed at the Space and Missile Systems Center... read more

FAA: GBAS Operational at Airports Worldwide

April 23, 2015By
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Delta Airlines made a perfect Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Landing System (GLS) landing at Liberty Newark International Airport on Feb. 18, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s SatNavNews newsletter. Delta now joins United Airlines and British Airways as airlines that use the GBAS at Newark. More GBAS locations around the world are reaching operational status, and airline operations using GBAS are... read more

Furuno Receiver Adopted for Use in Parrot Bebop Drone

April 17, 2015By
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Furuno Electric Co.’s latest multi-GNSS receiver module, GN-87, has been adopted for the new quadcopter Bebop Drone, made by Parrot SA. Parrot develops advanced technology wireless products. The GN-87 can receive GPS, GLONASS, SBAS, and QZSS concurrently, which significantly improves positioning success rate and robustness against interferences by using different frequency bands, Furuno said. Parrot Bebop Drone, equipped with a 14-megapixel fisheye lens camera, takes video... read more

Applanix Unveils Expanded Marine Product Portfolio

April 15, 2015By
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Applanix has introduced an expanded portfolio of marine georeferencing and motion compensation solutions. Taking advantage of Applanix proprietary technology, the new line-up of marine products offers high-performance solutions to a broader cross-section of the hydrographic survey industry. All Applanix Marine products benefit from the optimal integration of GNSS and inertial observables, with access to Trimble GNSS technology for performance advantages. The announcement was... read more

U.S. Navy to Deploy Underwater Drones from Submarines

April 15, 2015By
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The U.S. Navy plans to deploy its first underwater drones from submarines later this year, according to a report by Military.com. The website quoted Rear Adm. Joseph Tofalo, the Navy’s director of undersea warfare, who said the deployment will include the use of the Remus 600 Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) to perform undersea missions around the globe. “Now you are talking about a submarine... read more

Fifth Galileo Colloquium Planned for October

April 15, 2015By
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The fifth International Colloquium on Scientific and Fundamental Aspects of the Galileo Programme will be held in Braunschweig, Germany, Oct. 27–29. Since 2007, the worldwide scientific community has met every two years to discuss the scientific possibilities of Galileo and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). This colloquium will bring together members of the European scientific community and their international... read more

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Hemisphere GNSS Offers RTK-Capable Compass Antenna

April 14, 2015By
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Hemisphere GNSS is offering a new RTK-enabled Vector V320 GNSS compass. The Vector V320 smart antenna supports multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, Galileo (future firmware upgrade required) and BeiDou, and Hemisphere GNSS says it’s “the first of its kind.” Designed for the professional marine and marine survey markets, the Vector V320 is the a multi-frequency, multi-GNSS, all-in-one smart antenna capable of both RTK-level positioning... read more