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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.

Ventures • April 9, 2011

Hey, Kids! Get Your Names on Europe's Galileo Satellites!

If you are lucky enough to be nine to eleven years old and living in Belgium or Bulgaria, you could get your name on one of the first European navigation satellites.

Two of them will launch from French Guiana in September 2011. Although Europe already has test satellites in the sky, these launches will mark the beginning of Galileo, a global navigation satellite system much like GPS.

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.

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 18, 2011

NovAtel Announces FlexPak6 Enclosure Featuring OEM6 GNSS Technology

NovAtel Inc. has announced the launch of  its FlexPak6 GNSS enclosure, the first product to house the company’s new OEM628 multi-constellation receiver.

According to the Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based company, the 120-channel FlexPak6 is designed for easy integration into new user equipment and is capable of tracking all current and upcoming GNSS satellite signals, including GPS L1/L2/L2C/L5 (code and carrier phase), GLONASS L1/L2, Galileo E1/E5a/E5b/Alt-BOC, Compass/BeiDou-2 and satellite-based augmentation systems.

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

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.

Events • March 13, 2011

Register Early for European Space Agency's 2011 GNSS Summer School

The 2011 International Summer School on GNSS will take place July 20 to July 30 at the GATE facility in Berchtesgaden, Germany. GATE is the German Galileo Test and Development Environment that opened in February.

March 12, 2011

Registration opens for 2011 GPS Partnership Council Meeting at Los Angeles AFB

Registration is now open for the 2011 GPS Partnership Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4 at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. 

These military and industry networking meetings, now in their 11th year, are sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) and the USAF GPS Directorate, formerly the GPS Wing. 

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