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January 15, 2013

Lockheed Martin Receives GPS Control Sustainment Contract

The U.S. Air Force Space Command has awarded Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions–Defense a $100 million contract to upport the GPS ground control segment. The contract's period of performance is from January 2013 through June 2019.

New Builds • January 12, 2013

Spirent Adds BeiDou Capability to Its GNSS Simulators

Spirent Communications has announced the availability of test systems with support for China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System in addition to GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo.

Spirent’s positioning and navigation group based in Paignton, United Kingdom, started shipping BeiDou-ready test systems to customers in 2012. The company’s equipment will now be upgraded to full BeiDou capability using the information from the recently released first full issue of the BeiDou-2 Signal-In-Space Interface Control Document (ICD).

New Builds • January 11, 2013

VectorNav Supplies IMU for Unmanned Innovation Autopilot Development Platform

Unmanned Innovation, a provider of development platforms for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has partnered with VectorNav Technologies to integrate VectorNav's VN-100 inertial measurement unit (IMU) into Unmanned Innovation’s os-Series Autopilots.

The VN-100 uses the same base IMU components (gyro, accelerometer, magnetometer) that are used to support the VN-200 GPS-aided integrated navigation system surface-mount chip that VectorNav introduced at this year’s Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) North America conference.

Events • January 9, 2013

All Over the World: 2013 GNSS conferences

2013 opens with a new event in Hawaii, a rescheduled Munich Summit, and other familiar technical meetings, workshops, exhibitions, and GNSS-oriented activities.

Events • January 8, 2013

Receiver standards? January 22 webinar discusses why, what and how

Do we need performance specs for GNSS user equipment design? For a long time, the signal-in-space interface guidelines provided enough technical guidance. But times have changed.

Over the past two years, the effort by LightSquared to persuade the FCC to allow it to operate high-powered terrestrial transmitters in frequencies adjacent to GPS focused attention on potential vulnerabilities of GNSS user equipment.

New Builds • January 4, 2013

Australian Company Launches Spatial FOG GNSS/INS OEM Unit

Advanced Navigation in collaboration with KVH Industries has announced its new Spatial FOG GNSS/INS, a ruggedized GNSS-aided inertial navigation system and attitude and heading reference system (AHRS).

Ventures • January 3, 2013

Trimble Acquires ALK Technologies

Continuing its string of acquisitions in recent years, Trimble announced today (January 3, 2011) that it has acquired ALK Technologies Inc., a privately held Princeton, New Jersey–based company that offers proprietary routing and international map-based solutions for transportation, logistics and mobile workforces.

December 11, 2012

Air Force Awards White Sands Contract to Locata

The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has signed a sole-source, 13-year, multimillion-dollar contract with Locata Corporation to install the company’s ground-based LocataNet positioning system at the famed White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Events • December 11, 2012

Longer Show Hours, Fewer Days for ION GNSS 2013 Exhibitors

Companies who exhibit at the Institute of Navigation GNSS conference next September will have longer exhibit hall hours to work the floor - but fewer days to do so - at the 2013 event in Nashville, Tennessee.

Based on feedback from exhibitors, ION will eliminate the Friday hours for the industry show and increase the Wednesday and Thursday hours next year.  

New Builds • November 30, 2012

Leica Geosystems Fields Integrated Locata/GNSS Mining System

Locata Corporation has announced that its integration partner, Leica Geosystems Mining, has begun to sell and ship to their global mining customers the world’s first Locata-powered positioning systems.

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