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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.

November 30, 2012

Retired GIOVE-A Satellite Helps Demonstrate High-Altitude GPS Navigation Fix

An experimental GPS receiver, built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), has successfully achieved a GPS position fix at a 23,300-kilometer altitude — the first position fix above the GPS constellation on a civilian satellite, according to the company.

SSTL’s SGR-GEO receiver is collecting data that could help the company to develop a receiver to navigate spacecraft in geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) or even in deep space.

November 30, 2012

GNSS IC Sales Approach $3 Billion Mark

Global sales of the smallest GNSS form factor — the integrated circuit (IC) — will exceed $3 billion next year, driven in large part by incorporation of position/location capabilities in smartphones, according to a leading research organization.

November 16, 2012

Hemisphere GPS Seeks to Spin Off OEM GNSS Business, Move HQ to Kansas

[Updated November 17, 2012] Hemisphere GPS, the latest incarnation of a home-grown Canadian company, has announced plans to close its Calgary, Alberta, headquarters and exit the OEM GNSS business, and is currently seeking a buyer for its Precision Products and R&D assets.

November 16, 2012

Precision GPS Landing System Receives DoD Recognition

A U.S. Navy program that uses technology developed by a Raytheon-led team to land aircraft in harsh weather has been recognized with a Department of Defense (DoD) engineering award.

The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System (JPALS) Increment 1A ship system received the Systems Engineering Top 5 Programs Award for "successful implementation of systems engineering best practices resulting in program success," according to the DoD.

November 2, 2012

Trimble Reports Half-Billion in Q3 Revenue

Trimble on Thursday (November 1, 2012) announced third-quarter revenue of $504.8 million, up 21 percent as compared to the third quarter (Q3) of 2011.

GAAP operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $63.5 million, up 96 percent from the year-earlier period. GAAP net income for Q3 2012 was $53.4 million, up 91 percent from Q3 2011. Diluted earnings per share in the third quarter of 2012 were $0.42 as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.22 a year ago.

Ventures • November 1, 2012

Explore Hurricane Sandy Impact Maps on ESRI website

ESRI, major supplier of geographical information system (GIS) software, features a number of maps and apps on Hurricane Sandy on its website.

These include FEMA, Red Cross, various municipal and state maps and social networking apps on many aspects of the storm and its effects, from power outages to demographic information. 

October 31, 2012

U.S. Naval Office Looks for Methods to Strengthen, Alternatives to GPS

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has issued a Broad Agency Announcement (ONRBAA13-002) seeking proposals from industry and academia for methods to mitigate the denial of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services to U.S. naval forces.

The BAA invitation reflects anxiety about the vulnerability of GPS and overreliance of U.S. military personnel and systems on the space-based system.

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