New Builds • April 22, 2016
Kai Borre, now a professor and senior researcher at Russia’s Samara State Aerospace University, has released a new version of Easy Suite, a collection of Matlab-based scripts and explanatory text that illustrated a variety of common GPS issues.
The first Easy Suite files (easy1–easy10) were published in the periodical GPS Solutions in 2003. Those were augmented by a continuation (easy11–easy18) in Inside GNSS in the years 2009–2010.
April 15, 2016
The Pentagon is executing a technology offset strategy designed to recapture some of the military advantage conveyed by America's innovation edge.
Ventures • April 12, 2016
Topcon Positioning Group has announced the launch of Topcon Delta, its new deformation monitoring solution for construction, tunneling, and mining.
According to the company, Topcon Delta is a system of software and hardware components, which delivers accurate and reliable monitoring measurements and associated reporting to provide protection of assets during works.
New Builds • March 22, 2016
Harxon Corporation, a large antenna manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China, has launched a new GPS L1/L2 GLONASS L1/L2 BDS B1/B2 helix antenna for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and geographic information system (GIS) applications.
According to Harxon, the HX-CH6601A helix antenna offers significant improvements over its predecessor HX-CH4601A GPS/GLONASS L1L2 antenna, by providing exceptional pattern control, polarization purity, and high efficiency in a very compact form factor.
Inside GNSS • March/April 2016
The legal and regulatory framework of the Russian Federation covers not only the GLONASS system, but the country’s overall positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system as well.
The term PNT is a synonym for navigation activities as defined in the Federal Law on Navigation Activities. The PNT system in the Russian Federation is defined as the combination of administrative and technical means that provide spatial and time data to all user groups, with GLONASS as a key element.
April 21, 2016
New Builds • March 13, 2016
OriginGPS has launched its Multi Micro Spider multi-GNSS module, which features a 5.6 x 5.6-millimeter footprint and 2.65-millimeter height.
Like its predecessor, the Multi Micro Hornet (which measured 10 x 10 x 6.1 millimeters), the ORG4033 uses MediaTek’s MT3333 and is positioned for applications that require minimal power consumption and ultra-small form factors, ranging from wearables to drones. Unlike the Hornet, the Multi Micro Spider supports Europe’s Galileo system as well as GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou.
March 15, 2016
For the first time, a GLONASS-K next-generation satellite has begun providing on-orbit services for Russia's GNSS system.
March 15, 2016
Representatives of the world’s GNSS providers outlined the current plans and progress of their systems at the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.
BeiDou has entered its transition period from Phase II to Phase III, with test and validation of the next phase with its new signal structures and frequencies taking place through the second half of 2017, said Jun Shen, deputy director for International Research at the China Satellite Navigation Office. In the meantime, “there will be a coexisting of Phase II/III BeiDou signals.
Ventures • March 14, 2016
The Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture (ARMA), a government organization responsible for the supervision and control of European Union agricultural subsidies in Poland, has purchased 118 Spectra Precision MobileMapper 300 smart antennas.