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March 22, 2011

GPS.gov Website Gets a Make-Over

GPS.gov Website Gets a Make-Over

The National Space-Based PNT Coordination Office (NCO) and U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) have announced a major upgrade to the official U.S. government GPS website GPS.gov, including new content and features.

Ventures • March 22, 2011

NovAtel to Supply GNSS Technology to Raven Industries for Precision Ag Products

NovAtel Inc., Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and Raven Industries, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, have announced a new strategic partnership that will see NovAtel’s GNSS positioning technology integrated into Raven’s line of precision agriculture products.

March 17, 2011

TOPCON Launches GR-5 Integrated GNSS Receiver/Antenna

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has launched its new GR-5 GNSS receiver using patented Fence Antenna technology and expanded tracking-channel support.

Ventures • March 16, 2011

Trimble to Acquire Fugro's OmniSTAR DGPS Service

Trimble announced on March 16 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the OmniSTAR GNSS signal corrections business from Fugro N.V.

The acquisition is expected to significantly expand Trimble’s worldwide ability to provide correction services for a broad range of land-based applications in addition to OmniSTAR’s current focus in agriculture. Fugro’s offshore marine business is unaffected.

March 15, 2011

EGNOS Activates Safety of Life Service

On March 2, ESSP (the European Satellite Services Provider) declared the safety-of-life (SoL) signal from the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) officially available for use by aviation, following European Commission (EC) authorization to provide the service.

Similar to the U.S. Federal Aviation (FAA) Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), EGNOS transmits real-time corrections to GPS signals over a large expanse of Europe and north Africa.

March 15, 2011

Lockheed's GPS III Team completes Key Flight Software Milestone

Lockheed Martin announced today (March 15, 2011) that the team it leads in developing the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites has successfully completed the program’s first major flight-software integration milestone at the company’s software integration laboratory in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

March 14, 2011

Japan Researchers Use GPS Permanent Array to Find Large Position Shifts From Devastating Earthquake

Based on data from Japan’s GPS Earth Observation Network System (GEONET), researchers at the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) reported today (March 14, 2011)  that the 9.0 magnitude Tohoku earthquake on March 11 in northeast Japan caused an estimated displacement of between roughly 6 and 28 meters along two fault blocks totaling nearly 400 kilometers (248 miles).

Inside GNSS • March/April 2011

The Civilian Battlefield

For the complete story, including figures, graphs, and images, please download the PDF of the article, above.

Growing dependence on GNSS for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) has raised a parallel concern about the potential risks of signal interference. The popular press has recently highlighted accounts of car thieves using GPS jammers, solar flares pumping out L-band radiation, and faulty television sets causing havoc to GPS receivers across an entire harbor.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2011

GPS Community Confronts LightSquared Move into L1 Spectrum

The GPS community is seething over a January 26 decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) giving a conditional go ahead to a new broadband network with the potential to overwhelm GPS receivers across the country.

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