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Ventures • June 30, 2011

USA Challenge Competition Seeks Satellite Navigation Apps

[Updated June 30] Lucky you - you have three extra days to submit your GNSS application idea to the USA Challenge! The extended deadline is midnight Sunday (Europe) or 3 P.M. (Pacific time) on July 3.

Right now, some team is hard at work in a basement, an office, a dorm room or a lab. They are about to come up with a new, useful and commercially viable idea for a satellite navigation application or location based service.

Events • June 28, 2011

First Encounters: Asteroid MD 2011 Meets the GPS Constellation

A schoolbus-sized asteroid grazed the Earth's atmosphere around 1:00 P.M. (EDT)  on June 27. It was 7,600 miles (12,300 km) away at its closest point, at which time it veered away across the South Atlantic Ocean.

It actually passed through the GPS constellation, alerting us to the vulnerability of our vital PNT space vehicles. We can now add asteroids to the the list of GNSS collision risks that already includes other satellites and space debris.

Events • June 26, 2011

Summer Dreams: Case Western Wins Robotic Lawnmower Contest

A team from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio took home the top $15,000 prize and a special award for the most aesthetically pleasing cut in the three-day 2011 Robotic Lawnmower Competition held in Dayton, Ohio on May 31 through June 2.

The second place award of $10,000 went to Auburn University and Wright State University won the third place prize of $5,500.  

New Builds • June 26, 2011

Airport Authority of India Says GAGAN Satellite is in Position

The communications satellite that carries India's GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system has been positioned, according to major news sources in India.

"The initial phase is now over. The satellite is now in position," Airports Authority of India chairman V.P. Agarwal said at a New Delhi workshop on aviation safety.

"We are now going through the certification stage of the Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) and we will have certification of the system by June 2013." he said, according to reports.

June 14, 2011

Lockheed Space Systems Reduces Workforce

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which is developing the GPS IIIA generation of satellites,
announced today (June 14, 2011) a 7.5 percent reduction in its
workforce designed to “address affordability” and improve the company’s
“competitive posture.”

New Builds • June 13, 2011

Accord Launches Two New GNSS Chips

Accord Software and Systems Pvt. Ltd., of Bangalore, India, has announced two new GNSS chips, a system-on-a-chip (SOC) with GPS and integrated peripherals and a GPS/Galileo-comopatible RF front-end chip.

June 9, 2011

Hemisphere GPS Announces LX-2 L-Band OEM Board for Crescent and Eclipse GPS Receivers

Hemisphere GPS has introduced its LX-2, a second-generation L-band differential GPS OEM receiver board.

New Builds • June 9, 2011

Bliley Launches New GPS Frequency and Timing Modules

Bliley Technologies, Inc., has unveiled two GPS frequency and timing modules at the 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium taking place this week (June 5–10, 2011) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The company’s GMX1001 and GMM1002 modules launch a new product line for the company — introducing the first in a series of next-generation technologies for the Erie, Pennsylvania–based company.

New Builds • June 6, 2011

IFEN: SX-NSR Receivers Shipping; Final GATE Certification

IFEN GmbH has begun shipping the first units of its new second-generation, multi-frequency and multi-GNSS software receiver — the SX-NSR.

The Poing, Germany–based company has also announced that the Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE) facility that it instrumented and operates near Berchtesgaden for the German Space Agency (DLR) has been certified as a Galileo open-air test laboratory conforming to ISO 17025.

New Builds • June 5, 2011

Qualcomm Adds GLONASS Capability to Chipsets

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced the company’s product support for the Russian GLONASS satellite system to enable the use of both GPS and GLONASS networks simultaneously for improved location performance.

The first GLONASS-capable phone is the MTS 945 from Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE developed with Russian chipset manufacturer AFK Sistema and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM7x30 chipset.

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