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Consortium records scintillation on Galileo signals in Antarctica

July 5, 2017By

At the end of 2016, the DemoGRAPE consortium observed, for the first time ever, ionospheric scintillations on Galileo signals in Antarctica, using Septentrio’s PolaRx5S GNSS reference receiver. DemoGRAPE investigates improvement of high-precision satellite positioning with a view to developing scientific and technological applications in Antarctica. At higher latitudes, GNSS signal degradation due to ionospheric activity is more pronounced. The more... read more

Innovation: Navigation from LEO

Current Capability and Future Promise
GPS signals are so weak, they cannot be used reliably where they are obstructed such as indoors or in concrete canyons. But if the satellites were much closer, their signals would be much stronger. The low Earth orbit Iridium constellation is already orbiting, and providing a PNT service. This month we learn about its current capability and future promise. read more

Applanix, Waterloo U collaborate on autonomous vehicle tech

June 29, 2017By

Applanix is collaborating on advanced research for autonomous vehicle guidance and control systems with the University of Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) in Ontario, Canada. Applanix is a Trimble company. Applanix will provide WatCAR with its positioning and orientation system for testing autonomous guidance and control systems in real-world conditions. Applanix will also provide the Trimble GNSS-inertial board set... read more

Spectracom releases eCall compliance tools for the automotive industry

June 28, 2017By

Orolia, through its Spectracom brand, has introduced built-in scenarios for testing eCall In Vehicle Systems compliance to the GNSS requirements of the regulation as an option with its latest Spectracom GSG simulator products. In an initiative to bring life-saving rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision, European Union (EU) regulation 2015/758 requires new vehicle types of M1 and N1... read more

Location and context advances in Android

June 27, 2017By

Plus access to raw GNSS measurements for all By Steve Malkos Technical program manager, Google Google’s annual developers conference in May, Google I/O, featured many announcements, accomplishments and 2017 plans. Of particular interest, the Android Location and Context Team’s talk “Android Sensors & Location: What’s New and Best Practices,” is available online. This followed a keynote by CEO Sundar Pichai... read more

Second GPS III satellite assembled, ready for testing

June 26, 2017By

In a specialized cleanroom designed to streamline satellite production, Lockheed Martin is in full production building GPS III — the world’s most powerful GPS satellite, according to the company. The company’s second GPS III satellite is now assembled and preparing for environmental testing, and the third satellite is close behind, having just received its navigation payload. In May, the U.S. Air... read more

Contract signed with OHB, SSTL for eight more Galileo satellites

June 24, 2017By

UK’s SSTL to build third batch of Galileo navigation payloads News from the European Space Agency Europe’s Galileo navigation constellation will gain an additional eight satellites, bringing it to completion, thanks to a contract signed at the Paris Air and Space Show. The contract to build and test another eight Galileo satellites was awarded to a consortium led by prime... read more

Galileo satellite team wins European Inventor Award

June 16, 2017By

The invisible signals that Europe’s Galileo satellites are beaming down to the world are officially award-winning: the team behind their design has won the European Inventor Award, run by the European Patent Office, reports the European Space Agency. The 12th European Inventor Award (Research) was given at a special ceremony on 15 June at the Arsenale di Venezia in Venice,... read more