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New Builds • October 7, 2009

Leica Geosystems Announces New Measurement System

Leica Viva from Leica Geosystems is a new-generation measurement system that combines a number of technologies into a portfolio of total stations, GNSS receiver, system controllers and onboard software.

The Viva GNSS suite's  GS10 and GS15 system controllers can be used for all tasks and setups for GNSS surveying and construction, including all-on-the-pole or backpack rover; mounted on a car, quad or boat; RTK field base station; and long term monitoring sensor.

New Builds • October 5, 2009

Trimble Introduces RTK GNSS OEM Receiver

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.

New Builds • October 1, 2009

NovAtel Launches GPS / GLONASS Products at ION Conference

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.

New Builds • September 30, 2009

Averna Launches New Version of Universal Receiver Tester for GPS

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.

September 30, 2009

Septentrio Introduces First GNSS / IMU Receiver, New GPS / GLONASS Board, Redesigned Website

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

Chronos Leads PNT Interference Detection Consortium

Chronos Technology, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, is leading an academic and business research consortium working on the GAARDIAN Project — “GNSS Availability, Accuracy, Reliability anD Integrity Assessment for Timing and Navigation.”

People • September 29, 2009

Aerospace Engineer Penina Axelrad Receives ION Kepler Award

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.

Ventures • September 16, 2009

Anritsu Selects IFEN GNSS RF Simulator for A-GPS Testing

Anritsu Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, has selected IFEN’s NavX-NCS Standard GNSS simulator as its assisted-GPS (A-GPS) test system for use in developing mobile terminals.

The NavX-NCS is a GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator capable of simulataneously simulating signals from up to nine L-band frequencies in the GPS, Galileo, GLONASS (including its new G1 frequency), and QZSS systems.

New Builds • September 15, 2009

u-blox Software Will Support Microsoft Windows 7 Location API

u-blox has its support of Microsoft Corp.’s initiative to facilitate development of location-aware applications on Windows 7.

Through the release of u-blox’ driver supporting Microsoft’s Sensor and Location application programming interface (API), software developers will have a standardized interface to the entire line of u-blox GPS chips and modules, according to Michael Ammann, u-blox’s vice-president of embedded software. The Sensor and Location platform for Windows 7 provides a simple way to access data from a wide range of external sensors.

Events • September 11, 2009

GPS Wing, Lockheed Martin, 2nd SOPS Panelists to Discuss SVN49 at ION GNSS 2009

Col. David Goldstein, the GPS Wing’s chief engineer, will chair a panel discussion on SVN49’s current status, issues and options for moving forward  at the Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS 2009 conference in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday,  September 23.

Goldstein will be joined by Col. David Madden, GPS Wing commander and representatives from Lockheed Martin, navigation payload contractor;  the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base that fly the GPS satellites; and members of the civil GPS community.

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