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New Builds • July 9, 2009

GPS Networking Offers Variable Gain Amplifier with Push Button Control

GPS Networking, of Pueblo, Colorado, has launched the VGLCDLA30RPDC, a variable gain GPS in-line amplifier with LCD display and push button control.

Featuring a range of 0–30 dB, the VGLCDLA30RPDC’s push button control can increase or decrease gain in increments of 1 dB, enabling operators to make precise adjustments quickly and view the output power at any given time for more efficient testing.

The unit operates on 110VAC or 220 VAC transformer (wall mount) and 240 VAC (United Kingdom). Connector options include types N, SMA, TNC, and BNC.

July 8, 2009

New RTCM Standard Supports Internet Streaming of GNSS Corrections to Mobile Users

The Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services (RTCM) has completed a revision (Version 2.0) of its standard for Networked Transport of RTCM via Internet Protocol (Ntrip).

Designated as RTCM Standard 10410.1, Among other things, the new standard defined by RTCM’s Special Committee 104 (SC104) provides a protocol for streaming differential correction data or other kinds of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data to stationary or mobile users over the Internet.

June 29, 2009

CSR, SiRF Complete Merger

CSR plc and SiRF Technology Holdings Inc., have completed the merger between SiRF and a wholly owned subsidiary of CSR.

Ventures • June 25, 2009

FAA Awards New WAAS Receiver Contract to NovAtel

GNSS manufacturer NovAtel Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has received a new contract from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the next-generation GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) reference receiver (the “GIII” receiver). The three-year contract is worth up to US$9.7million.

June 16, 2009

ESA Signs Galileo IOV Launch, FOC Satellite Contracts

On June 15, the European Space Agency (ESA) signed contracts for launch services on the Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites as well as two additional contracts for “long lead items” needed to build the full operational capability (FOC) Galileo constellation of satellites.

The first contract, with Arianespace, will provide launch services for the four IOV Galileo satellites that will be placed in orbit by the end of 2010. Two Soyuz rockets, each carrying two Galileo spacecraft, will launch from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

Inside GNSS • May/June 2009

Galileo and the European Commission: Buying and Building a GNSS

Galileo is now being developed as a fully public procurement with a €3.4 billion budget. The European Space Agency (ESA) is acting as the technical design authority and prime contractor.

Ventures • May 13, 2009

Ready, Set, Go! The 2009 European Satellite Navigation Competition is open for ideas

Submit the best idea for a brand new satellite navigation application or device and you just might win the 2009 Galileo Master's Award - €20,000 in prize money and lots of support to make your idea a reality.

But that's not your only chance - you can try for one of the eight special topic prizes or one of the 17 different regional prizes, together worth €500,000 in cash and start-up assistance.

The competition began six years ago in Bavaria, Germany, but it has expanded to include many other regions of Europe as well as Australia, Israel, and Taiwan.

May 2, 2009

OREGIN, Galileo Services Join Forces

Galileo Services and OREGIN — the two most active organizations representing companies in the GNSS industry, particularly Europe’s Galileo program — have decided to join forces.

April 20, 2009

EC Proposes Big Changes for GSA within Galileo Program

A proposal now before the European Parliament and Council of the European Union would complete the transformation of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) from the leading executive agency for the Galileo program into a diminished subsidiary of the European Commission (EC).

April 20, 2009

Septentrio Receivers Track L5, Other SVN49 Signals

Septentrio reports success in tracking five signals being transmitted from the modernized GPS Block IIR satellite with the L5 demonstration payload launched on March 24.

Now designated space vehicle number 49 (SVN49), the satellite began broadcasting in the L1 and L2 band on March 28, shortly after the spacecraft reached its quasi-circular middle earth sorbit.

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