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March 15, 2017

SpaceX Wins New GPS Launch Deal as Air Force Moves to Expand Launch Options

The entrepreneurial space launch firm SpaceX won a head-to-head competition with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to secure its second GPS launch contract.

The launch of the GPS III spacecraft onboard a Falcon 9 rocket is expected to take place in 2019. The $96.5 million deal was officially announced March 14.

March 15, 2017

Looking on the Bright Side from the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit

The opening plenary of the annual Satellite Navigation Summit in Munich tends to be a ritzy affair, taking place in the evening in an amazing converted chapel and featuring live musical interludes in between groups of speakers. This year the audience was treated to movie tunes, and the European Commission's Pierre Delsaux had a suggestion for the play list.

March 15, 2017

Location Privacy Poised to Take a Hit

The U.S. Congress is prepared to deliver the coup de grace to a new rule aimed at protecting the personal information — including the geolocation — of broadband internet users. The move, one of a number aimed at eliminating Obama-era regulations, would slice through months of debate, and federal regulators' own backpedaling, to kill the pro-privacy rule in a way that makes resurrecting it extremely difficult.

March 13, 2017

GSA Program Supports Development, Supply and Testing of Galileo Open Service

Before full service of Galileo Open Service (OS) can be achieved, a new generation of OS-Navigation Message Authentication-enabled user terminals must be developed, tested and implemented, says the European GNSS Agency (GSA).  

New Builds • March 13, 2017

Series of Integrated GNSS Receivers Based on the Loradd++ Core Now Available from reelektronika

Designed to deliver a breakthrough in size reduction and lower power needs, reelektronika announces the development of a new series of integrated eLoran/Chayka/GNSS receivers based on the Loradd++ core which extends the range of currently produced receivers.

The need to significantly reduce the size and power consumption of receivers was the main driver of this development, according to Reeuwijk, Netherlands-based Reelektronika. Low power and small size are among the prerequisites for developing wearable instruments.


Events • March 10, 2017

u-blox to Showcase New Super Low Power GNSS Receiver at Embedded World

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u-blox will showcase new products — including a super low power GNSS receiver chip for wearable applications — at Embedded World, held in Nuremberg, Germany, on March 14-16, 2017.

New Builds • March 10, 2017

Hemisphere GNSS Debuts A326 Rugged Multi-GNSS Smart Antenna

Today, at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. showed off its new A326 Rugged Smart Antenna.

Purpose-built for harsh machine control environments, the GNSS antenna adds another system component and allows heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.

March 9, 2017

Spirent Test Solutions Help to Improve Maritime Safety

Spirent Communications plc this week announced its test solutions have been used to improve maritime safety, and this development came about after much collaborative work designed to ensure that GNSS receivers are performing as needed, especially for rescue operations at sea.

Working with the Radio Technical Committee for Maritime Services (RTCM), Spirent has created test scenarios that simulate realistic satellite reception conditions at sea so that GPS distress beacon performance can be improved, allowing users to be rescued faster by search and rescue organizations.

New Builds • March 8, 2017

Hemisphere GNSS Introduces IronOne Rugged Display & Computer

Scottsdale, Arizona-based Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. introduced its IronOne Rugged Display & Computer for machine control applications at this week’s CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Purpose-built for harsh machine control environments, IronOne meets IP67-standard certification and uses an 8” sunlight-readable LCD display. IronOne adds another system component and empowers heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.

March 7, 2017

Opponents to Privatizing Air Traffic Control Voice Concerns

The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter to Congress this week from more than 115 mayors in all 50 states expressing concern about the impact of air traffic control (ATC) privatization on communities across the country, especially those in rural regions of the country.

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