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September 15, 2017

ESA Announces Plans for Galileo Satellites to Fly on Ariane 6

Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets as the European Space Agency has announced it will become Arianespace’s first customer for Europe’s new vehicle.

The launches are scheduled between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, using two Ariane 62 rockets – the configuration of Europe’s next-generation launch vehicle that is best suited to haul the two 750-kilogram navigation satellites that operate in a 23,000-kilometer medium-Earth orbit.

New Builds • September 15, 2017

Skydel Releases SDX 17.8 Featuring Advanced Jamming Option

Montreal, Quebec-based Skydel Solutions has released SDX 17.8 software-defined GNSS simulator just in time for ION GNSS+. SDX users now get a host of improvements, according to the company. The 17.8 release menu features, among other things: Gaussian noise, spectrum view and GUI improvements, as well as Advanced Jamming.

September 14, 2017

Public Comment Open on ION’s GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard

The Institute of Navigation’s GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard working group is seeking public comment on the standard through December 31, 2017.

September 12, 2017

Quasi-Zenith Satellite System Development Leading Japan Toward Less Reliance on GPS

Early this summer, news out of Japan announced a significant step toward providing a boost to the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS in Japan and to delivering a better positioning reading for the people in that country. More recent reports now indicate additional information on Japan’s goals to rely less on the United States’ GPS and more on the country’s own Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS).

October 4, 2017
Brussels, Belgium
Ventures • September 6, 2017

Tallysman’s TW2643POC GPS/Iridium Antenna Chosen for the Facebook Open Cellular Design

Tallysman announced that Facebook has selected the Ottawa, Canada company’s TW2643POC GPS/Iridium antenna for the Facebook Open Cellular Platform.

The TW2643POC employs Tallysman’s unique Accutenna technology in a magnet mount, passive right hand circularly polarized antenna for the reception of all of the GNSS constellations (GPS L1/GLONASS G1/ Galileo E1/ BeiDou B1) plus Iridium: 1559 to 1626.5 MHz frequency band. It is certified and specially designed to maximize the performance of Iridium Voice and Data Modems plus the upper GNSS band (1559 – 1606MHz).

October 10, 2017 - October 12, 2017
Sands Expo and Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
New Builds • September 5, 2017

Springer Publishes Extensive Handbook on GNSS

Springer has published the “Springer Handbook of Global Navigation Satellite Systems”, edited by Peter J.G. Teunissen (Professor of Geodesy and Satellite Navigation at Curtin University and TU Delft) and Oliver Montenbruck (Head of the GNSS Technology and Navigation Group at DLR’s German Space Operations Center).

Events • August 30, 2017

With Help from Rohde & Schwarz, ESG’s GUARDION Solution Protects G20 Summit Against Threat of Unauthorized Drones

The Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt/BKA) commissioned ESG Elektroniksystem- und Logistik-GmbH to ensure the reliable and effective protection of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany (July 7-8 2017) against the unauthorized use of drones with components of their modular Counter-UAS System GUARDION.

August 23, 2017

South Korea Developing an eLoran Network to Protect Ships from Cyber Attacks

After multiple reported incidents of jamming attacks, South Korea is working hard to develop an earth-based navigation technology as an alternative to GNSS to protect its ships from cyber-attacks.

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