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March 15, 2016

GNSS Leaders Reveal Plans at Munich Summit

Representatives of the world’s GNSS providers outlined the current plans and progress of their systems at the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.

BeiDou has entered its transition period from Phase II to Phase III, with test and validation of the next phase with its new signal structures and frequencies taking place through the second half of 2017, said Jun Shen, deputy director for International Research at the China Satellite Navigation Office. In the meantime, “there will be a coexisting of Phase II/III BeiDou signals.

March 13, 2016

DoT Seeks Receivers for Long-Awaited ABC Interference Tests

Federal testing is about to begin to determine how much interference GPS receivers can tolerate from their spectrum neighbors.

New Builds • February 4, 2016

New u-blox M8 Firmware Now Supports Galileo, Increases GNSS Signal Acquisition Sensitivity and Security

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox has announced the upcoming release of a new firmware, FW 3.01, for its u-blox M8 multi-GNSS platform.

u-blox M8 FW 3.01 will now also support Galileo in addition to GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou. It can track up to three constellations concurrently and makes use of all satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) signals and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) at the same time, according to the company.

February 2, 2016

China Launches New MEO BeiDou Satellite; 18 More to Come by End of 2018

[Updated February 5, 2016] China successfully completed its first BeiDou launch of the year, lifting a new-generation satellite into orbit yesterday (February 1, 2016) and adding to its 17 operational spacecraft in the nation’s GNSS constellation.

The fifth of the new series, the middle-Earth-orbiting (MEO) satellite will join its four predecessors in testing inter-satellite crosslinks and a new navigation payload that will set the framework and technical standards for global coverage, according to the Xinhua state news agency.

November 3, 2016 - November 4, 2016
Shanghai, China
April 25, 2016 - April 27, 2016
Cairo, Egypt
January 15, 2016

GNSS Satellites Fill Launch Manifest

It will be a busy few weeks for GNSS satellite launches in January and February.

Up next is the Wednesday (January 20, 2016) is a launch of the fifth spacecraft for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).  The Indian Space Research Organization plans to complete the IRNSS constellation with two additional launches in February and March.

November 6, 2016 - November 11, 2016
Sochi, Russia
May 18, 2016 - May 20, 2016
Changsha, China
New Builds • January 13, 2016

KVH Introduces FOG-based Inertial Navigation Systems for Unmanned and Autonomous Applications

KVH Industries, Inc., has introduced the GEO-FOG 3D inertial navigation system (INS), targeting unmanned, autonomous, and manned aerial, ground, marine, and subsurface platforms, such as subsea remotely operated vehicles (ROV) or mining systems.

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