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June 14, 2012

L-3 IEC Announces First-Ever Successful Gun Firing of Next-Generation M-Code GPS Receiver

L-3 Communications announced today (June 14, 2012) that its Interstate Electronics Corporation (L-3 IEC) business has successfully completed multiple test firings of its next-generation Military Code (M-code) GPS receiver technology.

This milestone represents a significant breakthrough in GPS receiver modernization and validates the unit’s survivability and performance in extreme, guided munitions environments, according to an L-3 IEC news release.

June 7, 2012

Spirent Launches New Entry-Level Multi-GNSS Simulator

Spirent Communications has announced the launch of its new eight-channel GSS6300M Multi-GNSS simulator designed for integration, verification, and production testing where a quick and accurate functional test is needed.
The platform supports simulation of signals from individual or combined GPS/SBAS, GLONASS, and Galileo constellations with up to 24 channels are supported with 8 channels of simulation per constellation.

June 1, 2012

Global GNSS IC Market to Reach $3.3 Billion by 2016

Chip-level GPS and other GNSS technologies are now moving beyond mass markets such as mobile phones and traditional navigation devices, with a global market predict to ship about 1.8 billion OEM units at a value of more than $3.3 billion by 2016, according to a new ABI Research report.

New Builds • May 30, 2012

ITT Exelis, GE Naverus Win NextGen RNP Contracts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the award of a contract that will help accelerate the development of GNSS-based procedures under the agency’s Next Generation (NextGen) air traffic management program.

New Builds • May 30, 2012

Thales Plans Next Steps in GNSS Technology Evolution

French manufacturer Thales, the only non-U.S. company to offer GPS SAASM (Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module) receivers, is working on next-generation receivers for commercial aviation and military markets that will incorporate new signals and multiple GNSS systems.

Since the late 1990s, the company has delivered between 8,000 and 10,000 avionics installations in military and civil domains, according to Pierre Bouniol, GNSS Products Department manager, including multi-mode GPS receivers in stand-alone and enclosure configurations.

New Builds • May 30, 2012

NovAtel, Interstate Electronics Team on SAASM RTK Receiver Board

NovAtel Inc. today (May 30, 2012) announced the development of their OEM625S Selective Availability/Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) GNSS receiver, the first product emerging from a collaborative effort with L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC).

The OEM625S, which becomes available for purchase in the third quarter of this year, will combine a commercial dual-frequency NovAtel GNSS receiver with an L-3 IEC XFACTOR SAASM in a single card solution, reducing overall size and power requirements for end customer applications.

Events • May 26, 2012

Stanford and Aalborg Announce Summer Workshop on GNSS Positioning for the Future

A number of GNSS experts from the United States, Denmark, Norway and China will lead a weeklong workshop on the future of satellite-based positioning technologies from August 27 through September 2 at the Slettestrand Holiday Center in North Jutland, Denmark.

The topics range from GNSS basics and Intelligent Transportation Systems to new GNSSes, new receivers and indoor navigation as well as environmental monitoring and arctic navigation. The event is organized by Stanford and Aalborg universities.

New Builds • May 10, 2012

Spectracom Introduces GSG-62 Multi-GNSS Constellation Simulator

Spectracom has announced its new dual-frequency, 32-channel multi-GNSS simulator, the GSG-62.

The GSG-62 offers multiple frequency band operation, multiple-GNSS constellation simulation, and expansion capability for more frequency bands and channels, including support for upgrades to GPS L2C and L5, as well as future GNSS systems.

May 4, 2012

Racelogic Wins Two Queen's Awards for Enterprise for GNSS Simulator Business

UK-based Racelogic has been singled out as a double winner in the Queen's Awards for Enterprise, receiving both Innovation and International Trade awards.

Announced on April 21 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, the 2012 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise listings contained 209 companies, with Racelogic being one of only four to be honored with the award for both Innovation and International Trade.

New Builds • May 3, 2012

IFEN Adds BeiDou-Compass Capability to Its Multi-GNSS Simulator

IFEN GmbH has announced that the company has enhanced its NavX-NCS multi-GNSS RF constellation simulator product line to support China’s Compass/BeiDou-2 GNSS system.

Together with its WORK Microwave partner, IFEN has added the BeiDou B1 civil signal to its current suite of GNSS signal generation capabilities, which include GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS. The companies used the modulation scheme and signal specifications outlined in accordance with the latest version of the Compass/BeiDou Signal in Space Interface Control Document.

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