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Ventures • April 16, 2015

ComNav and CGEOS Build First BeiDou CORS Station in Europe

A BeiDou continuously operating reference station (CORS) station, reportedly the first such commercial venture in Europe, has begun operations in Wallonia, Belgium.

April 14, 2015

GNSS Markets, Standards, and Resilience at the European Navigation Conference

The 2015 edition of the European Navigation Conference (ENC) in Bordeaux last week found the continent’s GNSS community leaving troubles behind and looking to the future, where the world’s dependence on GNSS is greater, the risks higher, and the potential profits ever more tantalizing.
 
Speaking at the opening session dedicated to “the impact of GNSS on the economic sector,” Topos Cluster President Florence Ghiron answered the question in the simplest of terms: “We expect the GNSS market to grow and to include more and more industrial sectors.”
 

New Builds • April 15, 2015

Septentrio Introduces New-Generation GNSS OEM Receiver; SBG Selects AsteRx4 for New INS Product Line

Septentrio has launched its next-generation dual-antenna GNSS receiver — the AsteRx4 OEM, a multi-frequency receiver that incorporates the latest GNSS tracking and positioning algorithms and operates with all available GNSS signals (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo).

March 31, 2015

China Launches New-Generation BeiDou Satellite

China’s Xinhua news agency has announced the launch a new-generation BeiDou satellite at 9:52 p.m. Beijing time yesterday (March 30, 2015).

This is the first of five next-generation BeiDou that China will launch this year, Jianyun Chen, a deputy director of the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO), told a Munich Satellite Navigation Summit last week.

March 25, 2015

GSA’s GNSS Market Report #4: The Most Thorough Yet

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) unveiled its latest GNSS Market Report today (March 25, 2015) at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.

The fourth and most comprehensive in a series of GSA studies, the 80-page report describes current and projected GNSS receiver sales by volume and value and highlights market opportunities, technology trends, and future developments of GNSS.

March 22, 2015

u-blox Announces Profit, Revenue Advances in 2014

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox reported revenue and profit growth in its most recent annual report, driven by strong sales in its GNSS and wireless chipset and module business.
 
Consolidated revenue was CHF270 million (US$276.7 million) in 2014, a growth of nearly 23 percent compared to 2013 while net profit increased by 39.6 percent to CHF34.4 million (US$35.2 million), representing a 12.7 percent net profit margin for the year.
 

March 14, 2015

Renewed Spectrum Fight Emerges between GPS, LightSquared at ABC Workshop

Spectrum-related tensions reemerged during a workshop on Thursday (March 12, 2015) organized to gather feedback on a testing plan to help protect GPS receivers.

The plan is part of the GPS Adjacent-Band Compatibility (ABC) assessment — a wide-ranging effort to determine the power levels at which services operating in frequencies next those used by GPS and other GNSS systems can broadcast signals without causing interference to GPS signals.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2015

GNSS and Precision Farming

Nowhere has the fact that GNSS can guide things besides military weapons and transport manifested itself more profoundly than in agriculture.

While Google and automotive manufacturers struggle to figure out how to put autonomous vehicles on the highway, farmers have been using GNSS for well over a decade to guide equipment through their fields — along with a host of other ag-related, site-specific applications.

Indeed, GNSS — along with an array of other high-tech resources — is transforming agriculture at an accelerating rate.

GNSS Solutions • March/April 2015

How does a GNSS receiver estimate velocity?

Q: How does a GNSS receiver estimate velocity?

A: Stand-alone single-frequency GNSS receivers represent the largest slice of the commercial positioning market. Such receivers operate mainly in single point position (SPP) mode and estimate velocity either by differencing two consecutive positions (i.e., approximating the derivative of user position) or by using Doppler measurements related to user-satellite motion.

March 5, 2015

UAV Want List (with GNSS Already on Board): A Coherent Regulatory Framework for Europe

Just as you do when you get in your car, the UAS, UAV, drone, RPAS and even ROAV communities — who probably need to agree on an acronym — are beginning to take GNSS for granted. But presenters at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems Europe 2015 conference held Tuesday and Wednesday (March 3–4, 2015) in Brussels had little to say on the subject, to our great disappointment, even though virtually all of the vehicle/vessel systems under discussion use it and need it.

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