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New Builds • June 1, 2011

NovAtel, QinetiQ Collaborate on Anti-Jam GPS System

NovAtel Inc. in collaboration with QinetiQ Ltd. has developed GAJT (pronounced “Gadget”), the world’s first single-enclosure GPS anti-jam system small enough for light armored and other land-based military vehicles. GAJT combines NovAtel and QinetiQ technologies in a stand-alone, rugged enclosure that mounts to the exterior of vehicles.

GAJT is a seven element controlled reception pattern antenna (CRPA) that nulls jammers, ensuring GPS positioning capabilities are retained during combat, training, or other vehicle-based missions.

May 24, 2011

Septentrio Announces AsteRx-m 'Ultra-Compact' GPS/GLONASS RTK Receiver

Septentrio has announced plans to release the AsteRx-m, a low-power GPS/GLONASS dual-frequency RTK receiver that is smaller than a credit card.

The new board, which will begin shipping in the third quarter of 2011, is aimed specifically at integration in handheld devices, mobile computing platforms, and other solutions requiring high accuracy combined with low power in applications where space is at a premium. The new receiver covers the functionality range from GPS-L1 only to full GPS-GLONASS L1-L2

May 24, 2011

Hemisphere Reports Revenue Jump, Profit for Q1 2011

Hemisphere GPS, Inc., has reported revenue growth of 41 percent and a return to profitability in the first quarter of 2011 for the three months ending March 31.

For the quarter, the Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based company generated $21.2 million in total revenues, compared to US$15.1 million in the first quarter of 2010. Revenues from all market segments increased in the first quarter of this year.

May 15, 2011

Going to JNC? May 30 is the approval deadline for Canada, UK, Australia Attendees

Online registration is open for the 2011 Joint Navigation Conference,  scheduled for June 28-20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The FOUO event is the largest endorsed U.S. military navigation conference of the year, with joint service and government participation.

The annual JNC focuses on technical advances in guidance, navigation and control; especially on joint development, testing and support of affordable systems, logistics and integration.

May 5, 2011

2012 European Navigation Conference to Take Place in Poland

In 2012, for the first time, the annual European Navigation Conference will take place in Gdańsk, Poland.

It will be held at April 25-27 in the Filharmonia convention hall on Olowianka Island. It is at the center of the one of the oldest Baltic cities, near many of the historical attractions of Gdańsk (Danzig).

The theme is "Navigation for the People." The conference will be held in English.

The event will also feature a technical exhbition for companies, institutes and others to demonstrate their products.

April 29, 2011

Trimble Q1 Report: Revenue Up 20 Percent

Trimble announced Thursday (April 28, 2011) that its first-quarter 2011 revenue was up 20 percent at $384.3 million as compared to the first quarter of 2010. 

Operating income grew 21 percent to $43.7 million compared to the year-earlier period.  Operating margin in the first quarter of 2011 was 11.4 percent, approximately flat compared to the first quarter of 2010. 

First quarter 2011 non-GAAP operating income of $70.1 million was up 23 percent; the non-GAAP operating margin was 18.2 percent.

New Builds • April 28, 2011

Rakon Introduces RTX-A TCXOs

Rakon Ltd. has launched two new fully integrated temperature compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) in its RTX-A series, designed for use in precision GNSS receivers and wireless communication devices and base stations, such as LTE femtocells, IP timing, and WiFi/WiMax.

The RTX7050A and RTX5032A (5 x 3.2 millimeters) employ an analog IC for both the oscillator and temperature compensation.

Events • April 26, 2011

New Advanced Receiver Course Featured in NavtechGPS July Seminar

NavtechGPS, the Washington D.C.-based GNSS technology trainers, will introduce a new advanced receiver course for engineers and designers in their summer seminar series at the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland next July 11-15.

The course is called "Using Advanced GPS/GNSS Signals and Systems." Signal and receiver design expert John Betz, MITRE Corporation, and James Sennott, president of Tracking and Imaging Systems, Inc will teach it.

Events • April 26, 2011

10 High School Teams to Test Robots at the Smithsonian in the 2011 Mini Urban Challenge

Ten Lego kits transformed into autonomous robotic vehicles will gather, with their high school student masters, on Saturday, May 21 at the Smithsonian for the 2011 national championship of the Institute of Navigation Mini-Urban Challenge.

It all happens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Spark!Lab and first floor of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on the National Mall.

Ventures • April 19, 2011

Trimble Announces Plans to Buy Ashtech

Continuing a series of acquisitions in recent years, Trimble announced today (April 19, 2011) that the Sunnyvale, California–based company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Ashtech S.A.S.

In announcing the its plans, Trimble said that it expects the acquisition of the Carquefou, France, company and its affiliates will expand the U.S. company’s Spectra Precision portfolio of survey solutions and allow the company to better address emerging markets worldwide.  

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