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March 11, 2010

Bright Ideas Welcome at 2010 European Satellite Navigation Competition

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (Galileo Masters), now in its seventh year, is seeking the best ideas for satellite navigation applications from companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes, universities, and individuals. Prizes total more than €500,000.

The 2010 contest begins on May 1, when competitors may register and submit their ideas online at the secure ESNC website. It closes on July 31.

Events • March 9, 2010

Abstracts for Institute of Navigation's GNSS Conference Due Friday March 12

Abstracts are due this Friday for the fall ION GNSS conference.

People • March 3, 2010

Peter Chapman-Andrews New Director of Royal Institute of Navigation

Peter Chapman-Andrews replaced David Broughton as director of Britain’s Royal Institute of Navigation in January. He will be the fourth director since RIN was founded in 1947.

Chapman is a graduate of Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. He served as Queen’s Harbor Master, Portsmouth, and as fleet navigation officer on the staff of CinC fleet. He also served as aircraft director officer, principal warfare officer, navigation officer and ship’s commander during his career in the Royal Navy. He retired  in 2004 with the rank of captain.

February 23, 2010

IFEN Simulator Receives Galileo ICD Certification

TÜV SÜD, an independent third-party certifier, has awarded IFEN GmbH an official certificate affirming the conformance of IFEN’s NavX-NCS GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator with the Galileo Open Signal Signal-in-Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD).

New Builds • February 4, 2010

Trimble Introduces New GPS Condor Receivers and Antenna Modules

Trimble has introduced its new Condor family of GPS modules, featuring advancements in signal tracking for applications in poor signal environments, as well as two antenna companion modules.

Compatible with active or passive antennas, the Condor L1 C/A-code GPS receivers can be used in portable handheld, battery-powered applications such as sport accessories, PDAs, cameras, computers, and communication peripherals as well as vehicle tracking, navigation, and security products.

Events • February 4, 2010

Submit abstracts by February 19 for the 2010 Joint Navigation Conference

The deadline for abstract submission for the 2010 Joint Navigation Conference has been extended to Friday, February 19.

The 2010 Joint Navigation Conference (Guidance, Navigation and Control) will take place at Wyndham Orlando Resort in Florida, USA from June 7 to June 10, 2010.

The conference theme is "Military Navigation Technology: The Foundation of Military Ops." It is cohosted by the Joint Service Data Exchange (JSDE) and the Institute of Navigation (ION) for the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security. 

Ventures • February 3, 2010

JAXA Gives QZSS Satellite a Nickname - “Michibiki"

The Japanese Space Agency has selected a nickname for its first GNSS satellite: “Michibiki.”  JAXA received more than 11,000 entries in its recent contest to raise national awareness of the GPS augmentation program.

The first of three Quasi-Zenith satellites will launch during the Japanese 2010 fiscal year, sometime before March 31, 2011. 

Ventures • January 30, 2010

Tallysman Wireless Launches First Product in New GPS Line

A new Canadian company, Tallysman Wireless, Inc., has entered the GNSS antennas and RF modules marketplace.

January 29, 2010

Septentrio Announces AsteRx3 Multi-GNSS Receiver

Septentrio has launched the AsteRx3, a compact multi-frequency GPS/GLONASS/Galileo and Compass/Beidou-ready receiver.

AsteRx3 is specially designed for integration in demanding precision positioning, navigation, and automation applications such as land and maritime survey, machine control, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) payloads.

January 28, 2010

New LMCO SV Lab Will Support GPS IIIA Production

Lockheed Martin has announced that its new Space Vehicle Integration Laboratory (SVIL) near Denver, Colorado, has achieved initial operational capability and is supporting the company’s satellite development program activity, including the production run of the next-generation GPS IIIA spacecraft.

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