Septentrio to supply GNSS reference stations, timing receivers to JPL

September 14, 2016By
The Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS receiver.

Septentrio has received a contract to supply 35 high-precision GNSS receivers to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for use in the NASA Global GNSS network (GGN). The NASA GGN is one of the world’s largest global GNSS tracking networks with nearly a hundred reference receivers deployed worldwide and is a participant in the International GNSS Service (IGS). The GGN is... read more

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Sensonor supplies IMUs for NASA’s Raven and asteroid Scout

August 26, 2016By

Sensonor AS is partnering with NASA to supply current and future low- and near-Earth orbit space missions with inertial and gyroscope modules. The Norway-based company first began supplying its standard inertial measurement unit (IMU) and gyroscope modules for low Earth orbit (LEO) space applications in 2012, beginning with the launch of the NASA-sponsored AeroCube-4 satellite. Sensonor’s STIM300 and STIM210 inertial products are now... read more

Simulyze joins global group for UAS air traffic standards

May 17, 2016By
Range and bearing reading using Mission Insight.

Simulyze Inc., a provider of operational intelligence technology and applications that empower both federal and commercial organizations, today announced its participation as a founding member of the newly launched Global UTM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management) Standardization Group, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The group’s founding members include regulators, air navigation service providers, drone manufacturers, drone operators, infrastructure service providers and... read more

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NASA helps maintain International Terrestrial Reference Frame with GNSS

February 29, 2016By
Sites around the world (yellow dots) contributed data and serve as “landmarks along a trail” for the newest update to a global standard called the International Terrestrial Reference Frame. Each site conducts precision measurements using at least 1 and up to 4 geodetic techniques.
Credits: NASA/Earth Observatory/Goddard

News courtesy of NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center The surface of Earth is constantly being reshaped by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, changes in sea levels and ice sheets and other processes. Since some of these changes amount to only millimeters per year, scientists must make very precise measurements of the landscape and ocean in space and time in... read more

GPS aboard the world’s highest, fastest manned gliders

January 13, 2016By
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly floats aboard the International Space Station after the hatch opening of the Soyuz spacecraft Mar. 28, 2015. (Photo: NASA)

Featuring an exclusive interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly from aboard the International Space Station This month, we discuss sailplanes of all sorts and conduct a brief on-orbit interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly concerning his time piloting the space shuttle — actually a supersonic glider. We touch on the role GPS played in making it a safer rocket glider. Kelly also gives us... read more

ION GNSS+ 2015: Plenary speech with NASA’s Jim Green

November 20, 2015By

NASA’s Jim Green presents the plenary speech at ION GNSS+ 2015, where he covers exploration on Mars and other topics. read more

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Locata Positioning Will Underpin NASA’s Unmanned Aerial System Research

August 6, 2015By

NASA plans to install a Locata network (LocataNet) as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aerial systems (UAS) research at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., according to an announcement by Locata. NASA Langley is tasked with performing rigorous and repeatable scientific evaluation of new 
UAS safety and technology concepts under development. The LocataNet will provide high-precision non-GPS-based... read more

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Receivers Reach New Heights

August 6, 2015By
The four MMS spacecraft host the highest ever operational GPS receivers in space. (artist’s rendition, credit: NASA)

September Marks Start of Magnetosphere Mission, but Navigators Already Perform
A NASA mission to explore magnetic reconnection also made GPS history this spring. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, led by NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is flying four identically equipped spacecraft in a tight formation to take measurements 100 times faster than any previous space mission. read more