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People • July 29, 2011

GNSS Experts to Judge 2011 Satellite Navigation Applications Idea Contest

Find out more about 2011 USA Challenge applications ideas

Six judges — satellite navigation engineering experts from Stanford University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, Overlook Systems, NovAtel, KLA Global, the Institute of Navigation, and Inside GNSS — will select the finalists in the 2011 USA Challenge, one of 23 regional contests in this year's European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

July 21, 2011

NovAtel Launches Business Card–Sized OEM 615 GNSS Receiver

NovAtel, Inc. has introduced the newest member of its OEM6 receiver family: the OEM615. Measuring only 46x71x11 millimeters (1.81x2.79x0.43 inches) and weighing 24 grams (0.84 ounces), the diminutive OEM615 provides precise positioning in a familiar, compact form factor.

July 11, 2011

Chinese Consultancy Charts Evolution of Compass / Beidou Industry

A Beijing consulting firm estimates the size of China’s Compass/BeiDou domestic industry was 6 billion renminbi (US$927 million) in 2010, comprising only 6 percent of the country’s GNSS market.

July 7, 2011

Sixth International Committee on GNSS Meeting Begins September 5 in Tokyo

ICG-6, the sixth meeting of the UN's Sixth Meeting of the International Committee on GNSS, will take place in Tokyo from September 5-9.

Ventures • June 30, 2011

USA Challenge Competition Seeks Satellite Navigation Apps

[Updated June 30] Lucky you - you have three extra days to submit your GNSS application idea to the USA Challenge! The extended deadline is midnight Sunday (Europe) or 3 P.M. (Pacific time) on July 3.

Right now, some team is hard at work in a basement, an office, a dorm room or a lab. They are about to come up with a new, useful and commercially viable idea for a satellite navigation application or location based service.

Events • June 28, 2011

First Encounters: Asteroid MD 2011 Meets the GPS Constellation

A schoolbus-sized asteroid grazed the Earth's atmosphere around 1:00 P.M. (EDT)  on June 27. It was 7,600 miles (12,300 km) away at its closest point, at which time it veered away across the South Atlantic Ocean.

It actually passed through the GPS constellation, alerting us to the vulnerability of our vital PNT space vehicles. We can now add asteroids to the the list of GNSS collision risks that already includes other satellites and space debris.

Events • June 26, 2011

Summer Dreams: Case Western Wins Robotic Lawnmower Contest

A team from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio took home the top $15,000 prize and a special award for the most aesthetically pleasing cut in the three-day 2011 Robotic Lawnmower Competition held in Dayton, Ohio on May 31 through June 2.

The second place award of $10,000 went to Auburn University and Wright State University won the third place prize of $5,500.  

New Builds • June 26, 2011

Airport Authority of India Says GAGAN Satellite is in Position

The communications satellite that carries India's GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system has been positioned, according to major news sources in India.

"The initial phase is now over. The satellite is now in position," Airports Authority of India chairman V.P. Agarwal said at a New Delhi workshop on aviation safety.

"We are now going through the certification stage of the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and we will have certification of the system by June 2013." he said, according to reports.

June 14, 2011

Lockheed Space Systems Reduces Workforce

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which is developing the GPS IIIA generation of satellites,
announced today (June 14, 2011) a 7.5 percent reduction in its
workforce designed to “address affordability” and improve the company’s
“competitive posture.”

New Builds • June 13, 2011

Accord Launches Two New GNSS Chips

Accord Software and Systems Pvt. Ltd., of Bangalore, India, has announced two new GNSS chips, a system-on-a-chip (SOC) with GPS and integrated peripherals and a GPS/Galileo-comopatible RF front-end chip.

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