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Sierra Wireless acquires GlobalTop’s GNSS embedded module business

April 3, 2017By

Sierra Wireless, a provider of fully integrated device-to-cloud solutions for the Internet of Things, has completed the acquisition of GlobalTop Technology’s GNSS embedded module business for $3.2 million. GlobalTop’s GNSS embedded module portfolio will become part of the Sierra Wireless OEM Solutions product line, and the GNSS staff from GlobalTop will join Sierra Wireless. GlobalTop’s GNSS products generated $5 million in... read more

SBG Systems unveils Qinertia INS/GNSS post-processing software

April 3, 2017By

Qinertia, SBG Systems’ new in-house post-processing software, gives access to offline real-time kinematic (RTK) corrections, and processes inertial and GNSS raw data to further enhance accuracy and secure a survey. SBG Systems will unveil new software for the surveying industry at the Ocean Business show, held in Southamptom, United Kingdom, April 4-6. For more than 10 years, SBG Systems has been... read more

GSA contracts with Eutelsat on next-gen EGNOS payload

March 29, 2017By

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has selected Eutelsat Communications for the development, integration and operation of the next-generation EGNOS payload on a future Eutelsat satellite. Eutelsat and GSA have concluded a long-term contract valued at €102 million covering the preparation and service provision phases for the EGNOS GEO-3 payload that will be hosted on the Eutelsat 5... read more

Harxon releases mini choke ring antenna

March 28, 2017By

Harxon, manufacturer of high-precision antennas in China, has released a new patented mini choke ring antenna, the HX-CSX610A. Weighing less than 2 kg, the tiny antenna could be considered the next generation of reference antenna trends, Harxon said. Harxon’s patent for the HX-CSX610A design includes its compact body, which offers flexible transportation and installation. Applications for the antenna include CORS stations, geodetic surveying... read more

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Spectracom, Satelles sync in multiple indoor locations

March 22, 2017By

Orolia has synchronized a Spectracom SecureSync high-precision time server with the new Iridium Satelles Satellite Time & Location (STL) time synchronization signal powered by Iridium satellites in several indoor environments in the field. Configured with an embedded STL receiver and a small patch antenna, the SecureSync synchronized with the STL signal in several challenging indoor locations. Indoor success can be... read more

SpaceX wins second US Air Force contract to launch GPS III

March 15, 2017By

SpaceX has won a second contract from the U.S. Air Force for launch services to deliver a GPS III satellite to its intended orbit. SpaceX was awarded the $96,500,490 firm-fixed-price contract over the United Launch Alliance. ULA — a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Boeing Defense, Space & Security — did not compete for the first GPS III launch contract.... read more

Innovation: Position estimation using non-line-of-sight GPS signals

March 15, 2017By and

Reflected Blessings.
A technique developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign distinguishes a reflected non-line-of-sight (NLOS) signal of a particular satellite from the LOS signal and characterizes the NLOS signal as coming from a virtual mirror-image satellite in the direction of the signal reflection point. By using information on the position and orientation of the reflector, the NLOS signal can be treated as an additional LOS signal. read more

Canadian UAVs inspecting beyond line of sight

March 14, 2017By

Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin CDL Systems have completed their first Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) inspections for pipelines, well sites and power lines using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The inspections were completed using the Transport Canada Compliant Lockheed Martin Indago 2 at the Foremost Testing Range. Canadian UAVs seeks to provide its customers with innovative technology to ensure safe... read more