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GSA releases first GNSS User Technology Report

October 10, 2016By
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What lies ahead in the GNSS chipset and receiver domain, and what are the trends sure to transform the GNSS landscape of tomorrow? To answer those questions, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released its first GNSS User Technology Report. In recent years, GNSS technology has experienced a period of rapid development — both on the side of global constellations... read more

US Naval Observatory chooses NovAtel GPS anti-jam technology

October 10, 2016By
The U.S. Naval Observatory is located in Washington, D.C.

The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) has selected NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) to satisfy a requirement for a controlled reception pattern antenna capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The DoDIN is the core global enterprise network of the United States military and is depended upon for secure and sensitive voice, data, video and bandwidth services.... read more

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Centimeter positioning for UAVs and mass-market applications

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UAVs, precision agriculture and robotic guidance require high accuracy at low cost.   Emerging high-volume markets call for RTK technologies previously limited to niche markets by complexity and cost. This article discusses design and implementation of a very precise RTK-based module solution while maintaining cost, size and power consumption as low as possible. Several tests under a range of signal... read more

GPS III 9 and 10 procured, targeting 2022 launch

October 3, 2016By
The first eight GPS III satellites are under contract and in production at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility outside of Denver.

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional GPS III satellites, space vehicles nine and 10 of the next generation. The contract option procures long lead and production hardware. “The GPS III SV 9 and 10 satellites are expected to be ready for launch in 2022,... read more

Harris delivers first OCX receiver

September 28, 2016By
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Harris Corporation delivered the first of 34 modernized receivers to support the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX). They will receive the signals sent by the current GPS satellite constellation plus the new signals sent by the next generation GPS III – 13 military and civilian signals in all. The receiver was shipped to the prime contractor, Raytheon Company, in... read more

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DARPA floats aerial surveillance Dragnet by UAV

September 27, 2016By
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As off-the-shelf unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) become less expensive, easier to fly, and more adaptable for terrorist or military purposes, U.S. forces will increasingly be challenged by the need to quickly detect and identify such craft, especially in urban areas, where sight lines are limited and many objects may be moving at similar speeds. To map small UAS in urban... read more

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New GPS study finds 200 gigatons of ice missing

September 26, 2016By
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A new study based on GPS measurements of the Earth’s crust suggests the Greenland ice sheet is melting 7 percent faster than previously believed and may contribute more to future sea level rise than predicted, reports the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “We’ve underestimated the rate of ice loss by about 7.6 percent,” says Michael Bevis of The Ohio State University, one of... read more

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Drones take over Champs-Elysees in Paris

September 21, 2016By
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The first Paris Drone Festival took over the Champs-Elysées Sept. 4. The afternoon festival included races and demonstrations of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). In a cage topped by a 100-meter-long net, drones competed in races, going as fast as 100 kilometers per hour as drone operators guided their UAVs through a brightly colored obstacle course. The festival had an educational goal, reports... read more

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