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Events • January 9, 2013

All Over the World: 2013 GNSS conferences

2013 opens with a new event in Hawaii, a rescheduled Munich Summit, and other familiar technical meetings, workshops, exhibitions, and GNSS-oriented activities.

Events • January 8, 2013

Receiver standards? January 22 webinar discusses why, what and how

Do we need performance specs for GNSS user equipment design? For a long time, the signal-in-space interface guidelines provided enough technical guidance. But times have changed.

Over the past two years, the effort by LightSquared to persuade the FCC to allow it to operate high-powered terrestrial transmitters in frequencies adjacent to GPS focused attention on potential vulnerabilities of GNSS user equipment.

January 8, 2013

Septentrio Tracks BeiDou GNSS Signals Using New ICD

Septentrio reported today (January 8, 2013) that the Belgium-headquartered GNSS receiver manufacturer has successfully computed a position/velocity/time (PVT) calculation using BeiDou/Compass satellites in a three-constellation (GPS+GLONASS+BeiDou) solution.

"We are positively surprised of the better than expected performance coming out of what we characterize to be ‘a quite mature constellation,’” Laurent Le Thuaut, Septentrio’s business development manager, told Inside GNSS in an e-mail.

January 28, 2013 - January 30, 2013
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December 18, 2012

GPS Coalition to FCC: LightSquared’s Requests Must Not Come at Expense of Critical Services

A GPS advocacy group has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), as it considers expansion of terrestrial use of the mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) adjacent to GPS, to recognize that expansion “not come at the expense of critical GPS services.”

December 18, 2012

Civil Galileo System Poses New Options for Secure Services

When European leaders first took up the idea of creating their own GNSS system nearly 20 years ago, they held up the concept of civilian control as a crucial differentiator from existing services operated by national military establishments.

As Galileo nears its operational phase, that principle may manifest itself in a surprising form: the opportunity to offer a range of security-oriented positioning and timing solutions in place of the all-or-nothing alternatives on encrypted services maintained by defense agencies.

Events • December 11, 2012

Longer Show Hours, Fewer Days for ION GNSS 2013 Exhibitors

Companies who exhibit at the Institute of Navigation GNSS conference next September will have longer exhibit hall hours to work the floor - but fewer days to do so - at the 2013 event in Nashville, Tennessee.

Based on feedback from exhibitors, ION will eliminate the Friday hours for the industry show and increase the Wednesday and Thursday hours next year.  

Inside GNSS • November/December 2012

GNSS Hotspots

1. TRAFFICKING TOOL
Los Angeles, California
√ From Ukraine to Haiti to L.A., mobile devices and networks play “a central role” in finding, following and controlling the adolescent victims of sex trafficking, says the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Center in a new report. It says those PPP technologies should be a “powerful new tool in identifying, tracking and prosecuting” the bad guys, and the wireless carriers should take the lead.

November 28, 2012

DoT Gives GPS Spectrum Protection Team Award

The GPS Spectrum Protection Team has received the U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) Partnering for Excellence Award for outstanding performance in support of the government and industry-wide assessment of potential impacts to GPS operations and safety.

The spectrum protection team played an important role in responding to the proposed LightSquared wireless broadband system’s spectrum plan.

November 30, 2012

Retired GIOVE-A Satellite Helps Demonstrate High-Altitude GPS Navigation Fix

An experimental GPS receiver, built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), has successfully achieved a GPS position fix at a 23,300-kilometer altitude — the first position fix above the GPS constellation on a civilian satellite, according to the company.

SSTL’s SGR-GEO receiver is collecting data that could help the company to develop a receiver to navigate spacecraft in geostationary Earth orbit (GEO) or even in deep space.

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