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Inside GNSS • March/April 2007

More Perils for Galileo . . . and Other GNSS Dramas

A convergence of developments over the past few months has brought Europe’s Galileo program to the most critical passage of its history — at least, since final approval of the GNSS initiative by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Union (EU) in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2007

Self-Aware - Situation Aware

Situational awareness usually underlies successful execution of team efforts in life-critical situations — whether they involve military operations, police and other first responder activities, or indeed many urgent situations in which the location and coordination of personnel and assets plays an important role.

Ventures • January 31, 2007

NordNav, CPS Purchase to Support Mobile Phone Effort

BlueTooth technology provider CSR, of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has acquired NordNav Technologies AB, of Sweden, and Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd. (CPS) of also of Cambridge, UK. Taken together, the acquisitions will allow the company to provide software-based low-cost GPS suitable for mass-market mobile phones and Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs).

Ventures • January 31, 2007

Trimble Acquires @Road, Spacient

Trimble of Sunnyvale, California, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire publicly held @Road, Inc. of Fremont, California, and has purchased privately held Spacient Technologies, Inc. of Long Beach, California.

Ventures • January 31, 2007

GPS Block III Contracts

The U.S. Air Force has awarded two $50 million contracts to Boeing and Lockheed Martin to execute a system design review for the next-generation GPS space segment program, GPS Block III.

The contracts come on the heels of both companies successfully completing system requirements reviews in November 2006. Those reviews, part of a $10 million follow-on order to a Phase A Concept Development Contract awarded in 2004, assessed Boeing’s and Lockheed’s ability to mitigate development and delivery risks associated with building the Block III satellites.

Ventures • January 31, 2007

DHS Buys IEC's 3-D Locator

L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC), Anaheim, California, has been awarded a preproduction contract for Advanced Three-Dimension Locators by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advanced Research Project Agency. The contract represents an initial step by DHS to provide a solution for accurately identifying the location of emergency response personnel in disaster or emergency situations.

New Builds • January 31, 2007

RTK Precise Positioning

Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s NovAtel Inc. offers a new real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning solution, known as AdVance RTK, designed to enhance the precision and performance of the company’s OEMV family of GNSS receiver boards.

Inside GNSS • January/February 2007

GPS: The Way Ahead

On December 4, 2004, George W. Bush signed a National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD) that established the national policy for U.S. Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT). The directive updated the 1996 National Policy on the Global Positioning System (GPS). It also provided guidance for the procurement, management, and protection of GPS and its U.S. government operated augmentations.

Inside GNSS • November/December 2006

Follow the Money

Bank robbery in the United States is nearly as old as the country itself. According to Ron Avery, writing for, the first such robbery occurred in 1798 with the loss of the then-enormous sum of $162,821.

The concentration of generally unidentifiable and readily convertible cash forms an irresistible temptation to both the novice and hardened criminal. As legendary robber Willie Sutton explained when asked why he robbed banks, “That’s where the money is.”

Inside GNSS • November/December 2006

Loran Revives; NDGPS Fades

The Loran terrestrial radionavigation system might well be pulled back from its 12-year-long dance on the brink of extinction, while the Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) radiobeacon-based augmentation system may have finally been pushed over the edge.

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