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New Builds • October 8, 2008

SpectraTime Wins ESA Contract for New Space Maser

Neuchâtel, Switzerland–based SpectraTime, a member of the Orolia group, has received a €2.5-million research contract from the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop critical technologies for future space-qualified active maser, a critical component of the ACES (Atomic Clocks Ensemble in Space) scientific program.

New Builds • October 6, 2008

Baseband Tech Offers GPS Software Receiver IP Solution

Baseband Technologies, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, has announced its GPS/PC Jr, a real-time software GPS receiver IP solution.

New Builds • October 2, 2008

u-blox Chooses NavX-NCS for Galileo Testing

u-blox AG has selected the NavX-NCS, a multi-constellation and multi-frequency GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator from IFEN GmbH, as the Galileo reference for its receiver development and testing.

Events • October 2, 2008

Next JAMFEST Rescheduled to January 2009

The 746th Test Squadron (746 TS) will conduct its sixth JAMFEST, an innovative GPS jamming exercise at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), New Mexico, in mid-January, 2009 — a rescheduling of the event that had been planned to take place next month.

JAMFEST programs are aimed at providing low-cost, realistic, GPS jamming scenarios for testing GPS-based navigation systems, as well as training personnel in unique GPS denied environments.

Events • October 1, 2008

China’s 2008 NaviForum Postponed; “Telematics@China” Takes Its Place


NaviForum,
China’s large GNSS industry event, has been postponed from this December until next year.

“Due to the big earthquake and Olympics game in China, the Chinese government decided to postpone the NaviForum to sometime next year,” NaviForum organizer Peter Zhou told Inside GNSS. Zhou is executive secretary of the conference’s organizing committee.

September 30, 2008

Spirent Completes AGPS Test Suite Capability

Spirent Communications plc has announced that its UMTS Location Test System (ULTS)  is now able to validate all assisted-GPS (AGPS) test standards by providing a single test platform that runs all the validated A-GPS test cases required by the Global Certification Forum (GCF) and the PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB).

People • September 30, 2008

Atheros Names Former TI Manager to Head Mobile Wireless Efforts

Atheros Communications, Inc., has announced the appointment of Amir Faintuch as vice-president and general manager of the company’s Mobile Wireless Business Unit.

New Builds • September 30, 2008

Applanix Releases Mobile Mapping Software with Added Functionality

Applanix has introduced a major new release of POSPac MMS (Mobile Mapping Suite), its GNSS-aided inertial postprocessing software for mobile mapping and surveying applications.

The new release adds features and functionality for land-based mapping and surveying to the existing suite, making it fully equipped for processing mobile mapping data from the air, sea, and land platforms.

Events • September 29, 2008

ION 2009 Technical Meeting covers GNSS for developing countries: Abstracts due October 3

Abstracts for the Institute of Navigation's 2009 International Technical Meeting (ITM) are due on October 3, 2008. Final manuscripts are due by January 5, 2009. Find out more online at the ION website, or email abstracts@ion.org.

The theme of this winter's meeting is "GNSS Technology: A Path to Sustainable Economic and Social Benefits for Developing Countries."

People • September 24, 2008

Developer of first commercial GPS receiver honored by Institute of Navigation

Phillip W. Ward, a pioneer designer and developer of GPS receivers, received the lifetime achievement award from the Institute of Navigation at its annual GNSS conference on September 19 in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Ward was senior technical staff member at Texas Instruments Defense Systems and Electronics Group for more than 20 years, where he developed five generations of GPS receivers including, in 1982, the first to enter the commercial market: the TI 4100 NAVSTAR Navigator.

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