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November 8, 2017

China Launches Two BeiDou-3 Satellites Featuring Accurate Rubidium Atomic Clocks

According to reports out of China, new, very accurate rubidium atomic clocks onboard two BeiDou-3 satellites launched into space on November 5 have greatly improved the accuracy of the system.

The country launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space via a single carrier rocket to support its global navigation and positioning network at 11:45 UTC on Sunday (November 5). The satellites were aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket which took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, according to the China Xinhua News Agency.

New Builds • November 6, 2017

Google Releases its GNSS Analysis Tools

Google has announced that its GNSS Analysis Tools have now been released to the public. The GNSS Analysis Tool is a desktop application that takes in raw the GNSS Measurements logged from your Android device as input.

Last year in Android Nougat, Google introduced APIs for retrieving GNSS Raw measurements from Android devices. Recently, the company publicly released GNSS Analysis Tools to process and analyze these measurements.

October 30, 2017

Number of Galileo Satellites Ordered from OHB System AG Reaches 34

Galileo’s navigation system is continuing to make strides toward a satellite constellation designed to gradually improve the system’s performance and availability worldwide.

Earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) announced it had exercised one of its contractual options for the European Galileo navigation system and ordered four additional satellites from OHB System AG. In June 2017, the Bremen-based satellite producer had been awarded a contract for eight Galileo satellites under the Batch 3 tender

New Builds • October 23, 2017

Septentrio Introduces Altus NR3 Multi-Frequency RTK Receiver

Septentrio recently announced the arrival of the Altus NR3: a multi-frequency, quad-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo) RTK receiver for survey and GIS applications. The Altus NR3 features Septentrio’s AIM+ interference mitigation and monitoring system allowing continued operation in the presence of both intentional and non-intentional interference. The Altus NR3 is designed to combine advanced GNSS features with a robust communications suite together in one compact, low-power and easy-to-use unit.

New Builds • October 13, 2017

Trimble Unveils Lower Power GNSS-Inertial Boards for High Precision and Control Applications

Trimble has introduced a new family of Trimble BD GNSS boards for high-precision guidance and control applications. The BD boards' simple connectivity and configuration allow system integrators and OEMs to easily add GNSS positioning and orientation—with the ability to upgrade its capabilities—using the same board footprint, connectors and software interface for specialized and custom hardware solutions.

October 20, 2017 - October 22, 2017
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New Builds • October 11, 2017

Trimble Expands Portfolio of OEM Products for High-Accuracy DG on UAVs

Trimble has expanded its portfolio of OEM products with the introduction of GNSS-Inertial Systems for Direct Georeferencing (DG) on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs): the Trimble APX-15-EI UAV, Trimble APX-18 UAV, and Trimble APX-20 UAV.

Direct Georeferencing with the systems allows the location of image elements collected by Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and hyperspectral sensors to be accurately computed without extensive networks of ground control points, reducing costs while maintaining accuracy to produce maps.  

New Builds • October 9, 2017

Hemisphere GNSS Releases Next-Generation S321+ and C321+ GNSS Smart Antennas

Hemisphere GNSS, Inc., announces the release of their next-generation multi-frequency, multi-GNSS S321+ and C321+ GNSS smart antennas. The all-new S321+ and C321+ are upgrades to their previous versions (S321/C321) and offer added benefits to their current range of features and functionality, according to the company.

October 9, 2017

Spoofing Incident Report: An Illustration of Cascading Security Failure

Editor’s Note: Logan Scott, a GPS signal expert and a consultant specializing in radio frequency signal processing and waveform design for communications, navigation, and other systems, wrote this report following an incident at the ION GNSS+ 2017 conference in which spoofing by a GNSS signal generator affected numerous smartphones.

New Builds • October 6, 2017

Tersus GNSS Showcases RTK Solutions at InterGEO2017

Tersus GNSS, Inc., a GNSS RTK manufacturing company based in Shanghai, China, launched its proprietary Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technology and integrated solutions, the Tersus David RTK box as well as the Precis GNSS Boards & Receivers, last week at InterGEO 2017 in Berlin. Users can now have the ability to get centimeter-level positioning accuracy and flexible connectivity for applications, according to the company.

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