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New Builds • July 8, 2017

Trimble Catalyst Now Offering High-Accuracy, On-Demand Positioning-as-a-Service

Trimble just announced that its Trimble Catalyst software-defined GNSS receiver for Android devices is now available through the company’s global distribution network. Customers can now access Positioning-as-a-Service to collect geo-location data with Trimble or third-party apps on smartphones, tablets and mobile handhelds.

July 7, 2017

Launch Doubles Size of Iridium NEXT Fleet; Space-Based ADS-B Network Evolving

Iridium Communications’ recent successful second launch of its next-generation network, Iridium NEXT, has further implemented a space-based automatic dependent surveillance–broadcast (ADS-B) developed by Aireon. This payload of 10 satellites deployed into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) approximately one hour after a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Sunday, June 25.

New Builds • July 6, 2017

Sygic Incorporates Augmented Reality Into its GPS Navigation App

Bratislava, Slovakia-based Sygic has added a new augmented reality (AR) feature to its advanced GPS navigation app. More than 200 million Sygic users worldwide can now engage with AR for an improved navigation experience on the road, the company said.

Sygic’s new AR feature uses a smartphone’s GPS and camera to implement an augmented reality-powered GPS navigation system. With the AR feature, drivers no longer need to follow a map on their phones. Instead, they’re guided by a virtual path on the smartphone camera preview.

New Builds • July 6, 2017

Tersus Launches the NeoRTK System to Enhance Surveying

Tersus GNSS Inc. has launched the NeoRTK System with multi technology integrated for surveyors.

The NeoRTK System is described as a new generation system by the company and is applied with multi-constellation and a multi-frequency GNSS engine and various communication protocols which aim at providing high performance and stable signal reception to meet surveyors’ demands. Featuring a high-end GNSS antenna inside, the NeoRTK can speed up the Time to First Fix (TTFF) and improve the capability of anti-jamming.

New Builds • July 5, 2017

Rockwell Collins Fulfills GPS M-Code receiver order for Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Rockwell Collins recently delivered the last of a 770 Military-Code (M-Code) GPS receiver order to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (USAF SMC). Committed to the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program, the M-Code receiver operates using a more powerful signal, resistant to cyber threats.

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Ventures • June 30, 2017

Applanix, University of Waterloo Collaborate on Advanced Technologies for Autonomous Vehicles

Applanix, a Trimble Company, announced this week that it is collaborating on advanced research for autonomous vehicle guidance and control systems with the University of Waterloo Centre in Ontario, Canada for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Applanix will provide WatCAR with its Positioning and Orientation System (POS) for testing autonomous guidance and control systems in real-world conditions. Applanix will also provide the Trimble GNSS-Inertial board set for integration with car systems and sensors to enable precise positioning.

June 29, 2017

Opposition to Ligado Plan Expands

Assertions by Virginia-based Ligado that its GPS interference issues were largely resolved were called into question by statements made by two key agencies and fresh opposition to a related spectrum request from nearly two dozen companies and associations.

June 29, 2017

Air Force, Congress Face Off over Space Program Management

The U.S. Air Force is in a tug of war with congressional lawmakers over how military space programs will be managed going forward.

The House Armed Services Subcommittee (HASC) Chairman Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, this week threw his support behind a measure to move Space Command out from under the Air Force, placing it instead within U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), one of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) nine unified commands.

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