Aviation

Cobham Offers Aeroflex Tester for ADS-B

April 13, 2015By

Cobham AvComm, formerly the Aeroflex AvComm business unit, has introduced the ATC-5000NG NextGen ATC/DME Test Set. Designed for engineering development, design validation, manufacturing and return-to-service test applications, the ATC-5000NG is the replacement product for the legacy SDX-2000 and the ATC-1400A/S-1403DL. The software defined radio architecture supports more transponder RTCA DO-181E test capability than the legacy products did and has new capability... read more

Xsens Adds Active Heading Stabilization to IMU

April 2, 2015By

In the latest update of its Motion Tracker product portfolio, Xsens has added active heading stabilization (AHS) to its core sensor fusion algorithms on the MTi 10-series and MTi 100-series. Both series are MEMS-based inertial measurement units (IMU), attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS), and vertical reference units (VRUs). The AHS algorithm delivers fundamentally improved heading tracking accuracy, Xsens said. The improved robustness in... read more

Galileo E1, E5a Performance for Multi-Frequency, Multi-Constellation GBAS

April 1, 2015By
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Analysis of new Galileo signals at an GBAS compares noise and multipath in their performance to GPS L1 and L5. Even after smoothing, Galileo signals perform somewhat better than GPS and are less sensitive to the smoothing time constant. read more

McMurdo Gets FAA, EASA Nods for Commercial Aircraft Locator

April 1, 2015By

McMurdo Group, maker of end-to-end search and rescue solutions, has received formal certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) for its Kannad Integra ARINC 429 Navigation Interface. Based on the ARINC 429 GPS communications standard for most commercial aircraft, the interface, when used with the Kannad Integra Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT), provides dual GPS redundancy... read more

UK Space Agency Awards SBAS Africa Contract to Avanti

March 31, 2015By

Avanti Communications has been appointed by the UK Space Agency to deliver a crucial air navigation project in Africa, SBAS-AFRICA. The satellite operator has been awarded the contract under the agency’s International Partnership Space Programme (IPSP), which exists to open up opportunities for the UK space sector to share expertise in real-world satellite technology and services overseas. Africa has just 3 percent of global... read more

GSA’s 2015 Report Dives Deep into Global GNSS Market

March 27, 2015By
FIGURE 2. SUPPORTED CONSTELLATION BY RECEIVERS Chart shows the percentage of available
receivers capable of tracking signals from one GNSS (such as GPS only), two GNSS (GPS
+ Galileo, GPS + GLONASS, GPS + BeiDou), three GNSS (GPS + Galileo + GLONASS, GPS +
Galileo + BeiDou, GPS + GLONASS + BeiDou) or tracking signals from all constellations at
the same time. The percentages add up to 100 percent. We can conclude that almost 60
percent of all available receivers, chipsets and modules are supporting a minimum of two
constellations, showing that multi-constellation is becoming a standard feature across all
market segments.

2015 GNSS Market Report: European GNSS Agency Provides a Fresh Look at Worldwide Growth The fourth edition of the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA’s) GNSS Market Report provides a comprehensive source of knowledge on this dynamic global market. The report has become a key reference for organizations building their GNSS market strategies. The new edition provides: Comprehensive updates on previous analyses;... read more

EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office Launched

March 18, 2015By

The SAFIR (Satellite navigation services for AFrIcan Region) project has officially launched the EGNOS-Africa Joint Programme Office, laying the first stone of its future office building in a ceremony in Dakar, Senegal. SAFIR is part of the Africa-EU long-term strategic partnership to enhance safety in air transport. Its global objective is to build capacity within African ACP countries for the future deployment... read more

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GPS in McMurdo Transmitter Makes Finding Planes Easier

March 3, 2015By

McMurdo Group, maker of end-to-end search and rescue solutions, has launched the Kannad Integra Smart Pack, an aviation emergency locator transmitter (ELT) bundle with both GPS and antenna redundancy. The product can result in Integra Smart Pack-equipped aircraft being twice as likely to be found in the event of an emergency compared to standard ELTs. The Kannad Integra Smart Pack includes: The Kannad Integra... read more