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Ventures • September 4, 2008

SpectraTime to Supply Atomic Clocks to IRNSS

SpectraTime has announced its receipt of a contract valued at approximately €4 million to supply rubidium space clocks for the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), a GNSS system that is under development by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

The IRNSS will consist of seven satellites, three in geostationary orbit and the other four in geosynchronous orbit. First launch of an IRNSS is currently expected in 2009. The system will transmit BOC(5,2) and BPSK signals at the L5 frequency (1176.45 MHz) and also in S-band.

Events • September 1, 2008

September-October Inside GNSS hot off the presses at ION GNSS 2008!

The September-October 2008 issue of Inside GNSS magazine arrives hot off the press for the opening day of the Institute of Navigation's 2008 GNSS conference on September 16 in Savannah, Georgia USA.

Inside GNSS is in charge of the ION GNSS Show Daily. Bring your company news to editor Glen Gibbons in Booths 525-27 or email him before the show at glen@insidegnss.com.

New Builds • August 28, 2008

u-blox 5 Chipset in New Microsoft USB Stick

u-blox Holding AG has announced that Microsoft Corporation selected its latest positioning engine, u-blox 5, for a new “GPS Locator” USB stick.

The “GPS Locator” USB stick will be bundled with the next release of MapPoint 2009, Microsoft’s business travel and map software package, expected to be on the shelves in August 2008.

New Builds • August 27, 2008

IEC Announces New Miniaturized, Secure GPS Receiver Module


L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC)
, based in Anaheim, California, has announced its latest miniaturized GPS receiver, the TruTrak Evolution.

A single-board, L1/L2 24-channel secure GPS receiver, the TruTrak Evolution consists of a security module, radio frequency down converter and I/O logic. The receiver employs IEC’s latest key data processor (KDP II) SAASM chipset in the XFACTOR module to provide enhanced GPS security.

Ventures • August 26, 2008

Xsens MTi-G AHRS Chosen for DoD Vehicles

Fairfax, Virginia–based defense contractor ArgonST has selected the MTi-G GPS-aided Attitude & Heading Reference System (AHRS) from Xsens Technologies, of Enschede, The Netherlands, to help fill a U.S. government contract for a new generation of reference motion trackers for use on a variety of air and ground vehicles.

Ventures • August 19, 2008

NovAtel Focuses on Timing Markets with Telecom Partnership

A recently announced partnership between GNSS technology innovator NovAtel, Inc., and Brilliant Telecommunications underscores the profound changes taking place in the precise timing markets.

Events • August 15, 2008

Sunny and Hot! A perfect month for a solar car race

A sleek-looking solar car built by a University of Michigan team was first across the finish line early in the afternoon of July 22 after a long, hot 10-day 2,400-mile (4,000 km) race from Plano, Texas to Calgary, Alberta. And once again GPS and satellite-based differential corrections play a key role.

This year, 15 solar-powered cars built by students from universities in the U.S., Canada, and Germany completed the 2008 North American Solar challenge.

Michigan has won five out of nine NASC races, held every other year since 1990.

Events • August 15, 2008

September 1: Last day to register for Frequency Standards and Metrology symposium

Monday, September 1 is the last day to register for the 7th Symposium on Frequency Standards and Metrology, which will be held October 5-11 at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.

Pre-registration is required and the conference organizers do not permit on site registration.

Register online at http://fsm.jpl.nasa.gov/registration.htm.

For more information, call Barbara McGivney at 732-280-2022 (US phone number) or email her at Mcgivneyb2@aol.com.

August 13, 2008

ATK PGK Trials Meet 105mm Artillery Standard

Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) has announced its successful demonstration of the capability to divert a 105-millimeter (105mm) artillery round using its existing 155mm Precision Guidance Kit (PGK) with minimal modification to the current design.

August 11, 2008

Boeing Will Build GPS IIF Satellites on New ‘Pulse’ Line

The Boeing Company will use its new “pulse line” process for assembling satellites to build GPS Block IIF satellites for the U.S. Air Force.

Constructed at the company’s facility in El Segundo, California, the new process is expected to shorten the time needed to build a space vehicle and will eventually be implemented on all Boeing satellite production lines.

For the Block IIFs the new process will reduce the travel distance of a space vehicle from 12,000 feet to 10,000 feet, according to John Duddy, director of GPS programs for Boeing.

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