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First Galileo open service performance report published

May 25, 2017By

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has published its first Galileo Open Service quarterly performance report. The report, which covers the first three months of 2017, is available online in the GSC Electronic Library, or directly here. Following the Declaration of Initial Services in December 2016, the GSA will publish a new Galileo Initial Services Open Service report after each quarter.... read more

Aeroscout launches UAV helicopter for high-altitude flight

May 25, 2017By

Swiss-based Aeroscout, a long-term partner of lidar manufacturer Riegl, has unveiled the Scout B-330 UAV helicopter. The Scout B-330 is built with a payload capacity of up to 50 kg. (110 lbs), flight endurance of at least three hours, and the capability of flying at high altitudes (up to 3,000 meters above sea level) in a typical mission scenario. This includes a full autonomous take-off... read more

Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ join on next-generation GNSS receivers

May 25, 2017By

Rockwell Collins and QinetiQ have signed a global alliance agreement to collaborate on the development of next-generation, multi-constellation open-service and secure GNSS receivers. The effort will support the mission needs of military, government and critical national infrastructure. The family of receivers being developed will provide military, government and professional users the flexibility of selecting relevant GNSS capability to meet operational,... read more

Google updates progress on Android GNSS measurements

May 24, 2017By

Nearly a year ago, Google debuted GPS measurements in Android. “Since then, we’ve made a lot of progress,” Steve Malkos, Google technical program manager, told GPS World. Frank van Diggelen and Mohammed Khider joined Malkos in hosting a half-day tutorial at ION GNSS+ 2016 in September that detailed how to access and use GPS measurements from Android devices. “We (Google) launched... read more

Innovation: Laser ranging to GNSS satellites

May 24, 2017By

In this article, author Urs Hugentobler looks at the history of laser ranging to navigation satellites, how that ranging has improved the accuracy of the orbits of those satellites, and what the future portends for this important contribution to space geodesy. read more

Road navigation using multiple dissimilar environmental features

May 23, 2017By

New navigation paradigms combining GNSS and inertial with additional sensors can increase overall reliability and power robust road navigation. A feasibility study tests a barometer, a magnetometer and a camera looking at road signs, and concludes that such sensors examining environmental features can supply the necessary context for frequently traveled or shared routes. read more

Taoglas launches street-view-ready GPS performance certification services

May 23, 2017By

Taoglas, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) and GNSS antenna products, has released two new GPS certification testing services for Google and its device partners. The services are required for devices to meet Google’s new Street View auto-ready standard. Auto-ready certification distinguishes 360-degree cameras that deliver accurately positioned 360 video, even at high speeds. Taoglas worked with Google to develop... read more

Raytheon launches WAAS payload to improve GPS accuracy for air travel

May 22, 2017By

Raytheon Company has launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12-year mission. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), which enhances the reliability and accuracy of GPS signals for directing air travel. The Raytheon-developed payload is a key element of WAAS, which offers commercial, business and general aviation... read more