New Builds • October 5, 2009
Trimble introduced its new Trimble BD970, a real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver for high-precision and control application, at the ION GNSS 2009 show in September.
Capable of receiving a wide range of commercially available satellite signals, the BD970 receiver is designed to allow OEMs and system integrators to easily add centimeter-level positioning to specialized or custom hardware solutions.
October 5, 2009
A draft interface control document for China's Compass (Beidou-2) GNSS system may be available by next year, according to remarks made at a September 30 presentation at the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) by Jingnan Liu, principal scientist at the National GNSS Research Center of Wuhan University.
November 2, 2009 - November 6, 2009
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico USA
October 1, 2009
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
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 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 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
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
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
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).