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November 11, 2009

Obama Signs Bills Cutting Funds for eLoran, HIGPS, GPS OCX

President Obama had a big day on October 28, signing 2010 bills for the departments of defense (DoD) and homeland security (DHS) that cut significant programs — eLoran, HIGPS, OCX — connected with the Global Positioning System.

New Builds • November 6, 2009

Hemisphere GPS Unveils New Antennas, DGPS Receiver for Handheld Mapping

Hemisphere GPS has launched its XF102 DGPS receiver, the latest addition to the company’s XF-Series of differential GPS receivers for handheld mapping.

People • October 21, 2009

RTCM Recognizes Kalafus for Lengthy DGNSS Standards Role

The Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) has recognized Dr. Rudy Kalafus for his 25 years of service as Chairman of RTCM Special Committee 104 (SC104) on Differential Global Navigation Satellite System (DGNSS) Service.  

October 13, 2009

eLoran Appears Doomed Despite Possible GPS Backup Role

Enhanced Loran (eLoran), the proposed backup to GPS that has made a career out of surviving efforts to eliminate its Loran-C foundation, now appears to be only two signatures away from extinction — and both appear likely.

A House-Senate conference committee version of the fiscal year 2010 (FY10) appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved October 7 allows for termination of the Loran-C signal on January 4, 2010.

October 13, 2009 - October 15, 2009
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October 5, 2009

China's Regional Compass System: 12 Satellites in 2012 — ICD Next Year?

A draft interface control document for China's Compass (Beidou-2) GNSS system may be available by next year, according to remarks made at a September 30 presentation at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) by Jingnan Liu, principal scientist at the National GNSS Research Center of Wuhan University.

October 1, 2009

Europe Declares Start of EGNOS Satellite Navigation Service

During a press conference today (October 1, 2009), Antonio Tajani, European Commission vice-president for transport policy, announced the official start of operations for EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service.   This is a major milestone for EGNOS, a satellite-based augmentation system that improves the accuracy of satellite navigation signals over Europe.

The EGNOS Open Service is now available free of charge for non-safety-of-live applications to all users equipped with suitable receivers - and most mass-market satellite navigation receivers being sold today are EGNOS-ready.

New Builds • October 1, 2009

NovAtel Launches GPS / GLONASS Products at ION Conference

NovAtel Inc. rolled out a series of new products and a firmware upgrade at the Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS 2009 conference held September 22-25 in Savannah, Georgia, USA.

The Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based GNSS manufacturer announced the launch of their new single-frequency GNSS receiver, OEMStar. The low-cost, 14-channel, L1 receiver measures 46 x 71 millimeters and consumes just 750 milliwatts of power when tracking both GPS and GLONASS signals.

Ventures • September 16, 2009

Anritsu Selects IFEN GNSS RF Simulator for A-GPS Testing

Anritsu Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, has selected IFEN’s NavX-NCS Standard GNSS simulator as its assisted-GPS (A-GPS) test system for use in developing mobile terminals.

The NavX-NCS is a GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator capable of simulataneously simulating signals from up to nine L-band frequencies in the GPS, Galileo, GLONASS (including its new G1 frequency), and QZSS systems.

September 11, 2009

EC to Declare EGNOS Operational for Non-Safety-of-Life Use

The European Commission (EC) expects to declare in October that the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) — which provides satellite-based augmentation signals for GPS and Galileo — is operationally ready as an open and free service for non-safety-of-life (non-SoL) applications, according to a press release from the GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA).

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