TAG: PNT

Air Force jam-proof reference system ready to support testing

May 24, 2016By
Locatalite transceiver installation in the White Sands Missile Range Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System, provided by the U.S. Air Force for testing equipment under conditions of GPS jamming.

The U.S. Air Force 746th Test Squadron has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its new truth reference, the Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System (UHARS), which employs LocataLite transceivers. Even when GPS is being completely jammed, UHARS provides extremely accurate positioning, navigation and time (PNT) over the large area of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico that the system was designed to cover.... read more

Iridium launches alternative GPS PNT service

May 23, 2016By

Iridium Communications Inc. has introduced its Satellite Time and Location (STL) service, an alternative or complement to traditional indoor and outdoor location-based technologies, and declared it ready for use. STL’s position, navigation and timing (PNT) technology is deployed through Iridium’s 66 cross-linked, low-earth orbit satellite constellation. Through Iridium satellites and in GNSS receivers, STL technology can work to verify GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and... read more

In defense of PNT: Multi-GNSS to the rescue

May 11, 2016By
An artist's concept of a GPS IIR-M satellite in orbit (courtesy of Lockheed Martin).

For more than 41 years, many of us who were there in the beginning have been discussing the attributes, capabilities, enabling features and shortcomings of GPS and other space-based PNT (position, navigation and timing) systems. You have likely heard most of them; historically they go something like this: The signal is weak. The signal is easily jammed. The signal can be... read more

PNT Roundup: Navigating GPS-free, MEMS inertial trends and non-GPS tracking

April 7, 2016By

Initiatives to provide continuous, high-frequency and high-accuracy position spanning GPS outages or obstructions are discussed, as well as the frontiers of non-GPS tracking, in April's PNT Roundup. read more

ESA to host 2016 Summer School on GNSS at JRC

March 24, 2016By

The European Space Agency (ESA) will host its Summer School on GNSS program for students July 18–29 at the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra, Varese, Italy. The 11-day event is open to graduate students that have studied more than three years; Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers younger than 35 years old; and young engineers and professionals in the industry... read more

All Betz are on: A satnav book review

February 10, 2016By
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There is something for everyone interested in satnav in this wonderful book, regardless of their level of involvement or sophistication with PNT. This book is a treasure trove for PNT engineers and satnav experts but it’s readability is such that even if you are only slightly curious about how space based PNT works, you will find it an educational and enjoyable read. read more

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PNT Roundup: Taviga collaboration, leap second reconsidered and drone rules

January 12, 2016By
eLoran Antenna Park of 13 200-meter masts at Anthorn, UK.

eLoran New joint venture to ensure, assure secure PNT The founders of Chronos and UrsaNav have formed a new collaboration, named Taviga, that will focus on preserving and establishing low-frequency (LF) positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) networks in the United Kingdom, Europe and the U.S., using repurposed Loran-C or purpose-built eLoran technology. Taviga aims to ensure timing and navigation for... read more

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Out in Front: Resilient navigation and timing

January 11, 2016By
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Advocacy in the U.S. capital urges augmentation of GPS/GNSS with eLoran and other “complementary terrestrial PNT services to increase resilience.” See the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation’s website, rntfnd.org. This is assuredly a good thing, a worthy cause. I’ve come to believe, however, that true resilience goes beyond what we normally think of as position and timing sensors. Stimulus comes... read more