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    Toward a Unified PNT — Part 2

    Ambiguity and Environmental Data: Two Further Key Challenges of Multisensor Positioning ByPaul D. Groves, Lei Wang, Debbie Walter, and Ziyi Jiang, University College London The coming requirements of greater accuracy and reliability in a range of challenging environments for a multitude of mission-critical applications require a multisensor approach and an over-arching methodology that does not yet exist. Part 1 of this article, in the October issue, examined the two key concepts...

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    U.S. Still Not Allowing GLONASS Stations

    Pravda is reporting that the United States refused to negotiate with Russia to deploy GLONASS ground on its territory,citing an interview withRussian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Rogozinstressed that no negotiations were taking place. “We have made a statement in the spring. I offered to initiate talks with the United States to deploy GLONASS infrastructure in their territory, as long as negotiations go, hang the existence of infrastructure GPS stations on the territory of the Russian Federation,” Rogozin...

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    Russia to Insure Next GLONASS Launch

    The next GLONASS launch — the GLONASS-K 1 satellite from Plesetsk scheduled for November 20—is being insured for 2.17 billion rubles($50 million US). The insurance is costing Russia242 million roubles ($5.6 million US). Russia has faced numerous technical difficulties in its launches.On May 15, a Proton-M satellite crashed.In 2013, Russia lost three GLONASS satellites when their launch aboard a Proton-M rocket went awry, sending the satellites crashing into theBaikonur...

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  • UK eLoran Now in Operation to Back Up GPS

    Technology to counter the threat of GNSS jamming is now available at Dover and along the east coast of the United Kingdom as the island nation continues to implement an enhanced Loran (eLoran) system that is setting an example for the world....

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  • NovAtel Receives Prestigious Award for Manufacturing Excellence

    NovAtel, Inc.’s Calgary facility has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Manufacturing Excellence Award from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME). The award acknowledges North American facilities that have demonstrated excellence in manufacturing and business, and recognizes NovAtel’s dedication to continuous improvement, best practices, creativity and innovation. A representative of the AME presented the award to NovAtel at the company’s Calgary headquarters on October 23.NovAtel will also be recognized at the 2014 AME International Excellence Inside...

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  • KCS Launches Tiny TraceME Tracker

    The TraceME-TM-202. KCS BV has launched a new tiny tracker, the TM-202LAR. It’s the newest addition to the KCSfamily of TraceME products.The KCS GPRS/GPS range of modules enable usersto remotely track andtrace people, animals and a variety of objects,such as vehicles, containers, motorcycles, lawnmowers, or other valuable assets. KCS TraceME TM-202LAR is targeted for personal use, or any other application that needs a smallsize with long battery life while still featuringthe...

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  • Airbus GNSS Engineers Win Top ESNC 2014 Prize

    The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has gone Big Time.Unlike past years, when product designers and engineers from small- and medium-sized (SME) companies have walked away with the top prize, this year’s overall winner was Airbus Defence & Space (Airbus DS GmbH), a division of the Airbus Group (formerly EADS). Headquartered in France and generating annual revenues of €14 billion, Airbus DS was established last year by the merger of the parent company’s Airbus Military, Astrium, and Cassidian units....

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  • Galileo: A Constellation of One?

    Matters sit not well with Galileo, the European GNSS. Only one of six currently orbiting satellites can be said to be truly and fully operational. With these troubles augmented by persistent uncertainties regarding the fitness of Soyuz rockets, despite a recent inquiry panel that identified a root cause of the August launch failure, the European Commission has nixed an upcoming December launch. The European Space Agency will have to wait until February 2015 to see if the skies clear by...

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  • GPS IIF-8 Launched Successfully from Cape Canaveral

    The U.S. Air Force launchedtheeighth GPS IIF satellite fromCape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida todayat 1:21 Eastern Time, as scheduled.An Atlas V 401 carried the GPS satellite aloft. GPS IIF-8 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites,incorporating various improvements to provide greater accuracy,increased signals, and enhanced performance for users. With this eighth satellite now launched, only four more Block IIF satellites remain to be placed into orbit. Three are in...

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  • KCS Launches OEM TraceME Tracking Module

    KCS bv, based in Dordrecht, The Netherlands, has introduced the newest OEM addition to its family of TraceME products, the TM-202LAR, a GPS/RF/GSM module intended for incorporation into products and systems used for tracking people, vehicles, and objects.Measuring 46x21x6.5 millimeters and weighing seven grams, the low-power TM-202LAR incorporates a 48-channel CSR SiRFstar-IV GSD4e GPS L1 receiver, GPRS/GSM modem (QUAD band version) for RF connectivity up to two kilometers (1.2 miles), and a 3D magnetic compass and 3D accelerometer the operates...

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  • 8th GPS IIF Satellite Launches Successfully

    The eighth GPS Block IIF navigation satellite launched successfully today (October 29, 2014) at 1:21 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on board United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket.Today’s launch, the fourth ULA GPS mission this year, followed the dramatic explosion of an Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket yesterday shortly after launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia....

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  • Geotab Offers Future-Proof Commercial Telematics Solution

    Geotab, a telematics engineering company, has launchedits new GO7 telematics device. The GO7 allows fleet management applications to receivevehicle data communications from the engine, drive train, instrument cluster and other subsystems. The Geotab GO7 is the newest device in Geotab’s line of telematics solutions and has added a number of new features such as programmable CANBUS, OBD, J1708 connection pins, enhanced auto-protocol detection and higher sensitivity accelerometer —making the solution future-proof...

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  • India Lofts Third IRNSS Spacecraft into Orbit

    ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C26, successfully launched IRNSS-1C, the third satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), from Satish Dhawan Space Center last Thursday (October 16, 2014 local time)....

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Inside GNSS

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  • Raytheon UK Announces Upgraded GPS Anti-Jam Technology

    Raytheon UK launched a new enhanced version of its battlefield GPS L1/L2 anti-jam (GPS-AJ) capability, Landshield, this week (October 13–15) at the annual conference of the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA 2014) in Washington, D.C.A multi-element antenna with the anti-jam processing in a single small “one-box” form factor that interfaces at the RF level, Landshield is designed to enable GPS equipment to function unimpaired against a full range of hostile jammer types including narrow band, broadband, continuous wave, pulse,...

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  • Anatomy of a Rescue: the Galileo Satellites

    Well, the good news is that the European GNSS program has recovered and stabilized the condition of its first two two full operational capability (FOC) satellites, which had been delivered into incorrect orbits following their August 22 launch....

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  • GNSS+: PNT Heads for the Great Indoors

    A confluence of technology, policy, and applications is turning indoor venues into the next big frontier for positioning and navigation.Recent market studies have heralded the prospects for positioning, navigation, and tracking inside buildings where GNSS signals are often attenuated or blocked entirely. Many products and conceptual designs combine the indoor technologies with GNSS to provide “ubiquitous” positioning....

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  • Mapping the Glasgow Games

    Iain Paton pens a refreshingly candid view of the process employed and lessons learned in implementing a GIS for a world-class event...