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March 17, 2011

TOPCON Launches GR-5 Integrated GNSS Receiver/Antenna

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has launched its new GR-5 GNSS receiver using patented Fence Antenna technology and expanded tracking-channel support.

Ventures • March 16, 2011

Trimble to Acquire Fugro's OmniSTAR DGPS Service

Trimble announced on March 16 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the OmniSTAR GNSS signal corrections business from Fugro N.V.

The acquisition is expected to significantly expand Trimble’s worldwide ability to provide correction services for a broad range of land-based applications in addition to OmniSTAR’s current focus in agriculture. Fugro’s offshore marine business is unaffected.

March 15, 2011

Lockheed's GPS III Team completes Key Flight Software Milestone

Lockheed Martin announced today (March 15, 2011) that the team it leads in developing the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellites has successfully completed the program’s first major flight-software integration milestone at the company’s software integration laboratory in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Events • March 13, 2011

Register Early for European Space Agency's 2011 GNSS Summer School

The 2011 International Summer School on GNSS will take place July 20 to July 30 at the GATE facility in Berchtesgaden, Germany. GATE is the German Galileo Test and Development Environment that opened in February.

March 12, 2011

Registration opens for 2011 GPS Partnership Council Meeting at Los Angeles AFB

Registration is now open for the 2011 GPS Partnership Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4 at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. 

These military and industry networking meetings, now in their 11th year, are sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) and the USAF GPS Directorate, formerly the GPS Wing. 

New Builds • February 16, 2011

NovAtel Announces SMART-MR15 GNSS Receiver/Antenna/Cellular Modem

NovAtel Inc. has released its new SMART-MR15 product, a dual-frequency receiver/antenna combination with an integrated cellular modem.

Ventures • February 15, 2011

Hemisphere GPS: China OEM Alliance, New GPS Compass Products

Hemisphere GPS has announced an OEM alliance with a Chinese manufacturer of agricultural, construction, and power machinery equipment as well as the release of two compact GPS compass products.

The Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based company’s alliance with YTO Group Corporation, headquartered in Luoyang City, China, is part of Hemisphere GPS’s to expand its operations in the international realm.

February 2, 2011

Germany Officially Opens GATE FACILITY

A ceremony set for Friday (February 4, 2011) will apply an official blessing to the operational status of the German Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE), located in the vicinity of Berchtesgaden in southern Bavaria.

New Builds • January 30, 2011

Spectracom Launches GSG-55 GPS/SBAS Constellation Simulator

Spectracom has announced its new 16-channel GPS constellation simulator, the Pendulum GSG-55.

The latest in the Pendulum line of GPS receiver test instruments, the GSG-55 is able to simulate Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), such as the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

January 30, 2011

JAXA Selects Spirent Simulator for QZSS Receiver Testing

Spirent Communications’ Positioning Technology Division, Paignton, UK, has announced that the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has selected Spirent’s GSS8000 Multi-GNSS Constellation Simulator to support further development of the Quazi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) program.

Responsible for the development of the initial QZSS user equipment, JAXA is using the GSS8000 to verify QZSS receiver performance.

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