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New Builds • April 9, 2011

Geneq Announced Dual-Frequency RTK GPS, OmniSTAR HP Receivers

Geneq Inc., a Montreal, Quebec, Canada, manufacturer, has introduced two new GPS products.

The SXBlue III-L is a compact GPS L1/L2 receiver in the world designed for use with OmniSTAR’s HP service to attain decimeter accuracy worldwide. Targeted at GIS mapping/surveying applications, the receiver measures 14 x 8 x 5.6 centimeters (5.57 x 3.15 x 2.22 inches) and weighs 517 grams (1.14 pounds) including battery.

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March 30, 2011

GPS 'Stewards' DoD, DoT DepSecs Protest LightSquared Plan to FCC

In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, the second-ranking officials from the U.S. departments of defense (DoD) and transportation (DoT) have issued the strongest administration message yet regarding LightSquared’s proposal to build a network of high-powered terrestrial transmitters broadcasting near the GPS L1 and other GNSS frequencies.

March 30, 2011

Army Fields GPS-Guided Mortar in Afghanistan

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are the first Army combat units to have access to GPS-guided 120-millimeter mortar cartridge capability — a rapidly fielded capability that has put precision guidance into a still-smaller military form factor.

The Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, fielded the Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) cartridges to an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) earlier this month, and is scheduled to field cartridges to the seven other IBCTs in Afghanistan within six months.

People • March 23, 2011

Parkinson to Receive U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award for GPS Role

Brad Parkinson, who has received many honors for establishing and serving as the first program director of the GPS Joint Program Office (now GPS Directorate), is one of four U.S. Naval Academy graduates who will be honored in a Friday (March 25, 2011) ceremony for lifelong achievement and will receive the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Award.

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.

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