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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 • September 30, 2009

Averna Launches New Version of Universal Receiver Tester for GPS

Global test engineering company Averna, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, has launched the URT (Universal Receiver Tester) 5.0, a new line of turnkey solutions for GPS receiver testing.

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.

September 30, 2009

Septentrio Introduces First GNSS / IMU Receiver, New GPS / GLONASS Board, Redesigned Website

Septentrio has launched AsteRxi, the company’s first multi-sensor GNSS receiver as well as the AsteRx2eH, a single-board dual-frequency dual-antenna GPS/GLONASS heading receiver, specially designed for demanding machine control, marine survey, photogrammetry and other multi-antenna applications.

September 30, 2009

GPS Not Off the Hook at U.S. Department of Transportation’s Distracted Driving Summit

News reports about the U.S. Department of  Transportation (DoT) Distracted Driving Summit now underway in Washington, D.C., (September 30–October 1) have focused on the role of mobile phones in vehicle accidents. According to transportation officials, driver distraction was involved in 16 percent of all fatal crashes during 2008.

People • September 29, 2009

Aerospace Engineer Penina Axelrad Receives ION Kepler Award

Penina "Penny" Axelrad, University of Clorado professor of aerospace engineering sciences, has received the Johannes Kepler Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division.

The institute made the award on the final day (September 25) of its ION GNSS 2009 conference held in Savannah, Georgia.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2009

Good, But Not Great

This book is a welcome addition to the GNSS textbook literature by the team of authors who have since 1992 produced five editions of an excellent book on GPS targeting high precision users, Global Positioning System (GPS): Theory and Practice. Hofmann-Wellenhof is also the lead author of the 2003 book, Navigation, and for the second edition of the classic Physical Geodesy (2006).

Inside GNSS • September/October 2009

Easy Access

As an engineer, I always believed that the only clear way to communicate a theory or technique must involve the use of mathematics or data plots. Ahmed El-Rabbany’s book is the proof that this is not necessarily so.

Introduction to GPS: The Global Positioning System, now in its second edition, is clear and concise in its description of all the principles and main techniques behind GPS, supported only by simple examples and figures. The formulas are so elementary (and rare) that they are embedded naturally in the text.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2009

Fireside GPS

My history with GPS began during the time of the “Cold War” in what was then Czechoslovakia. In 1975, the ION Journal of Navigation was the only information available to me.  Despite that, my team at the Czech Technical University developed a GPS receiver and measured the position of our faculty in 1984.  In those relatively isolated years, we gained a good deal of experience with GPS signals.

September 17, 2009

OCX budget Cut Could Slow Program; First IIF Might Launch by May 2010

An increasingly likely $97.4-million cut in the GPS OCX budget for fiscal year 2010 (FY10) would slow down work on modernization of the operational control segment, but the Air Force would try to recoup any reduction in the FY11 budget.

Meanwhile, technical problems that have delayed development of the follow-on generation of Block IIF satellites are largely resolved and a first launch is expected in May 2010.

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