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KVH delivers TACNAV systems for US Army’s new AMPV Fleet

March 31, 2016By
M113 Armored personnel carrier n Vietnam, 1966. (Photo: U.S. Army)

KVH Industries has begun shipping the first order of tactical navigation systems to BAE Systems for a prototype program designed to produce a new fleet of U.S. Army Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles (AMPVs). KVH’s TACNAV systems are designed to provide the vehicles with such critical elements as continuous heading and pointing data output and extremely accurate navigation regardless of GPS availability. Deliveries... read more

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China launches 22nd BeiDou satellite

March 30, 2016By
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China launched the 22nd BeiDou satellite into orbit on Tuesday. BeiDou-22 (or BeiDou-2 I6) was launched at 20:11 UTC (4:11 local time) by a Long March-3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. China launched the 21st BeiDou satellite on Feb. 1, the second in a series of BeiDou launches schedule for 2016. The BeiDou constellation is planned to be completed in... read more

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Ground-based Galileo satellite joins post-launch dress rehearsal

March 29, 2016By
Members of the joint Galileo Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) team at work in CNES Toulouse. A joint team from ESA and France’s CNES space agency oversee Galileo LEOPs – the initial switching on and checking and configuration of satellite systems. LEOP is run from either ESOC or CNES Toulouse, on an alternating basis. (Photo: ESA)

News from the European Space Agency The navigation satellite set to become the 16th in the Galileo constellation has been taken through a Europe-wide rehearsal for its launch and early operations in space. Sitting in the cleanroom environment of ESA’s ESTEC technology centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, the satellite was last week linked to a trio of sites across the... read more

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Keep your distance: Relative position key to industrial jobs

March 28, 2016By
Airborne Ranger (top left) continuously monitors the distance between itself and the silo, transmitting the separation to pilot and payload operator (foreground).

Operating in industrial environments, where no margin for error is tolerated, is complex, stressful and delicate. The distance from an in-flight UAV to the industrial asset that it is observing or inspecting obviously has critical importance for safety, data precision and cost-effectiveness. The AiRobot Ranger counters this problem by displaying the distance between the UAV and the object of interest... read more

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The need to clarify Galileo’s legal basis of time

March 28, 2016By
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One new potential wrinkle for Galileo was hinted at during the Munich Satellive Navigation Summit session in March on legal issues around GNSS timing. A recent GPS timing issue caused numerous problems for digital broadcasters and financial networks around the world on Jan. 26, when a data upload went slightly awry. This introduced a 13.7 millisecond error in one of... read more

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The year of UAVs for Europe

March 28, 2016By
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The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs) sector is a dynamic GNSS-enabled sector globally and Europe is no exception. In January I attended a UAV event at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. The focus of the two-day meeting was on small commercial and recreational remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) that are rapidly populating Europe’s airspace. Currently, there is no European legislation... read more

US congressmen seek delay to NDGPS closings

March 25, 2016By
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Four U.S. congressman sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking the DoT to delay shutting down Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) sites, a proposal that was posted in the Federal Register. The congressmen are asking for a delay until the “administration has decided upon and implemented a resilient national positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) architecture.” Read the full text of... read more

iXBlue offers new inertial positioning systems for offshore, ROVs

March 24, 2016By
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iXBlue is offering its customers the opportunity to upgrade their fourth-generation Octans positioning reference system to the fifth-generation system. The fourth-generation Octans was manufactured beginning in January 2014. read more