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September 30, 2009

Chronos Leads PNT Interference Detection Consortium

Chronos Technology, Lydbrook, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom, is leading an academic and business research consortium working on the GAARDIAN Project — “GNSS Availability, Accuracy, Reliability anD Integrity Assessment for Timing and Navigation.”

People • September 29, 2009

Aerospace Engineer Penina Axelrad Receives ION Kepler Award

Penina "Penny" Axelrad, University of Clorado professor of aerospace engineering sciences, has received the Johannes Kepler Lifetime Achievement Award from the Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division.

The institute made the award on the final day (September 25) of its ION GNSS 2009 conference held in Savannah, Georgia.

Ventures • September 16, 2009

Anritsu Selects IFEN GNSS RF Simulator for A-GPS Testing

Anritsu Corporation, a Japanese manufacturer of test and measurement equipment, has selected IFEN’s NavX-NCS Standard GNSS simulator as its assisted-GPS (A-GPS) test system for use in developing mobile terminals.

The NavX-NCS is a GNSS RF navigation constellation simulator capable of simulataneously simulating signals from up to nine L-band frequencies in the GPS, Galileo, GLONASS (including its new G1 frequency), and QZSS systems.

New Builds • September 15, 2009

u-blox Software Will Support Microsoft Windows 7 Location API

u-blox has its support of Microsoft Corp.’s initiative to facilitate development of location-aware applications on Windows 7.

Through the release of u-blox’ driver supporting Microsoft’s Sensor and Location application programming interface (API), software developers will have a standardized interface to the entire line of u-blox GPS chips and modules, according to Michael Ammann, u-blox’s vice-president of embedded software. The Sensor and Location platform for Windows 7 provides a simple way to access data from a wide range of external sensors.

Events • September 11, 2009

GPS Wing, Lockheed Martin, 2nd SOPS Panelists to Discuss SVN49 at ION GNSS 2009

Col. David Goldstein, the GPS Wing’s chief engineer, will chair a panel discussion on SVN49’s current status, issues and options for moving forward  at the Institute of Navigation’s ION GNSS 2009 conference in Savannah, Georgia on Wednesday,  September 23.

Goldstein will be joined by Col. David Madden, GPS Wing commander and representatives from Lockheed Martin, navigation payload contractor;  the 2nd Space Operations Squadron at Schriever Air Force Base that fly the GPS satellites; and members of the civil GPS community.

Ventures • September 6, 2009

PCTEL Snares ISRO’s GAGAN Ground Station Antenna Role

PCTEL, Inc., of Bloomingdale, Illinois USA, announced that its high-precision Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) ground station GPS antennas will be deployed in India’s GPS-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system.

Events • September 1, 2009

2009 European Workshop on GNSS Signals and Signal Processing Issues Call for Papers

GNSS Signals 2009 will take place at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany on Thursday and Friday, December 10-11 2009.

The free workshop will cover recent advances in GNSS signal design,
evolution of Galileo and other GNSSes and a number of GNSS signal processing and observation techniques. The presentations and papers will be in English. 

Program committee cochair Jean-Luc Issler of CNES, the French space agency, said the first call for papers has gone out and abstracts are due before October 2, 2009.

New Builds • September 1, 2009

u-blox Launches Ultra-Low Power u-blox 6 for Battery-Driven Applications

Thalwil, Switzerland–based embedded GNSS receiver provider u-blox has announced the upgrade of its core CMOS technology to u-blox 6, with substantially reduced power requirements as the result of new "intelligent," user-selectable power management features. According to the company, these innovations enable significantly extended battery life for power-critical GPS applications.

August 11, 2009

Spirent Launches New Signal Generator

Spirent Communications plc has launched the GSS6300 Multi-GNSS Signal Generator, intended for high-volume production test applications for devices that use commercial GPS/SBAS, GLONASS, and/or Galileo receivers.

The GSSS6300 provides a comprehensive remote control interface, designed to facilitate integration into automated test equipment (ATE) environments.

New Builds • July 31, 2009

NavCom Launches Multi-Frequency, All-System GNSS Receiver

NavCom Technology, Inc.
, has announced the release of the SF-3050 multi-frequency GNSS receiver that incorporates the company’s new Sapphire GNSS OEM board.

Offering integrated StarFire/RTK GNSS capabilities, the SF-3050 and Sapphire feature 66-channel tracking, including multi-constellation support for GPS, GLONASS and Galileo.

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