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September 16, 2016

Air Force Disposes of Last GPS IIA Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS) at the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, has moved the longest-serving GPS satellite, space vehicle number (SVN) 23, into a disposal orbit several hundred miles above the operational GPS constellation.

The satellite, which was launched on November 26, 1990, had a rough start, the Air Force said. After early-orbit operations and initial stabilization in December 1990, SVN 23’s solar array stopped working.

September 16, 2016

NovAtel Launches Next-Generation OEM7 GNSS Technology

This week at ION GNSS+ 2016 in Portland, Oregon, NovAtel Inc. unveiled its new-generation OEM7 positioning engine. Leveraging previous generations of precise positioning technology, the OEM7 incorporates new capabilities and features designed to substantially enhance GNSS-based positioning reliability, accuracy and availability, the company says.

Ventures • September 6, 2016

Clarion to Use Furuno’s GPS Receiver with DR/GNSS Module in Navigation System

Furuno’s GV-86 GPS receiver chip with its dead-reckoning DR/GNSS module will be integrated into Clarion’s NXR16 car navigation systems for the auto-leasing and car rental industries.

The GV-86 features a dead-reckoning-enabled GNSS receiver, which receives concurrent GPS, SBAS, and QZSS satellite signals. The dead-reckoning capability allows the unit to provide positioning while receiving multiple GNSS signals in such harsh environments as tunnels, urban canyons and underground parking, the company said.

August 29, 2016
Melbourne, Australia
New Builds • August 18, 2016

Hemisphere GNSS Launches OEM Boards

Hemisphere GNSS has introduced two new OEM boards, the Eclipse P326 and P327, designed for machine control, land or marine survey, and agriculture applications. The boards support GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and Japan’s QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System).

The boards are the first within the Eclipse product line to have refreshed low-power capability, reduced size, cost, and weight, the company said. P326 and P327 offer centimeter-level accuracy in either single- or multi-frequencies, using signals from multiple GNSS constellations.  and Atlas-capable modes.

November 8, 2016 - November 9, 2016
Selangor, Malaysia
New Builds • August 17, 2016

Spectracom Introduces GSG-6 Series GNSS Simulators, eLoran Backup for Timing Reference

Spectracom has introduced two timing-related products, the GSG 6-Series GPS/GNSS simulator for testing receivers' timing capabilities and the SecureSync Timing Reference with enhanced Loran (eLoran) backup capability for GNSS.
 

New Builds • August 17, 2016

NovAtel Rolls Out Marine GNSS Antennas

NovAtel has released its GPS-173-GGG-N and GPS-713-GGGL-N explosive atmosphere- (ATEX)–qualified GNSS marine antennas with Inmarsat rejection filters.
 
The triple-frequency antennas are based on the company’s Pinwheel technology. Both antennas receive GPS L1, L2, and L5; GLONASS L1, L2, and L3 ; BeiDou B1 and B2; and Galileo E1 and E5a/b frequencies. The antennas can also receive satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) signals and those from Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) satellites.
             

August 16, 2016

Kevin Dennehy Joins Inside GNSS Editorial Staff

Kevin Dennehy, a seasoned GNSS industry conference developer, columnist and writer and a retired Army National Guard officer, has joined Inside GNSS. As managing editor, he will be responsible for reporting online about the GNSS industry and working with Editor and Publisher Glen Gibbons on the print edition.

Contact him with company news and new product announcements at <kevin@insidegnss.com>.

August 16, 2016

Australia Plans New Datum System in Response to GNSS Growth

Citing the position accuracy of new GNSS constellations, Australia’s Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) is moving to modernize the country’s current datum system.

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