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September 23, 2016

Part 107 Rule Focus of Inside Unmanned Systems Webinar

Inside Unmanned Systems and microdrones will host a free web seminar, “Part 107 Rule: Impact on Key Application Segments in the Commercial Drone Market,” on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at noon EDT.

The initial discussion will focus on the implications of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 rule on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for mapping, surveying, and inspection applications, but anyone interested in using drones for commercial purposes is welcome to participate.

New Builds • September 22, 2016

NovAtel Announces IMUs, Family of GNSS Antennas

NovAtel Inc. has introduced its new VEXXIS series of GNSS antennas as well as two new inertial measurement unit (IMU) products for its SPAN technology portfolio.

The VEXXIS series includes two lines of multi-constellation and multi-frequency antennas, the new GNSS-800 series and the GNSS-500 series, introduced earlier this year.

People • September 22, 2016

Borden Named TAG Vice-President and COO

Technology Advancement Group (TAG) has named John Borden as its new executive vice-president and chief operating officer (COO). Borden previously was product director, GNSS systems and vice-president, programs and technology, for the company.

Borden, who oversees TAG’s day-to-day operations, joined the company when it was awarded a U.S. Army contract to provide program of record (POR) precise positioning service — GPS survey (PPS GPS-S).

Events • September 22, 2016

SYNTONY Awarded ONEWEB Contract

SYNTONY has been awarded a major contract by ONEWEB Company for the delivery of more than 15 GNSS Simulators.

ONEWEB is an Arlington, Virginia–based company that says it is building the largest satellite constellation ever to create a satellite-based Internet gateway, with 900 satellite launched. In that frame, SYNTONY will deliver his new released CONSTELLATOR product, capable of hardware-in-the-loop testing for low-Earth-orbit (LEO) satellite trajectories.

Ventures • September 22, 2016

Sensonor STIM300 Provides Inertial Data for INS Unit

The STIM300 inertial measurement unit from Sensonor now provides inertial data for iMAR’s iNAT-M200 inertial navigation system (INS) and for the iATTHEMO-C high-precision heading, attitude, position, and velocity reference, the Horten, Norway-based company says.

The multiband GNSS systems, after extensive testing, are in production and used by several international customers, according to Sensonor. Weighing 750 grams, the compact unit provides high accuracy with STIM300 features three gyros, accelerometers, inclinometers, and a data update rate up to 500 hertz.

New Builds • September 22, 2016

Champion Instruments Rolls Out Choke-Ring Antenna

Champion Instruments has released its new choke-ring antenna. The unit has an integrated GSM/GRPS modem and features a stable antenna phase center (APC) that is tailored for continuously operating reference station (CORS) base stations, the company said.

New Builds • September 22, 2016

Septentrio Signs Deal with JPL, Rolls Out New GNSS Receiver

Septentrio has received a contract from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 35 PolaRx5 GNSS receivers, the company said. The receivers, which consist of 25 reference stations and 10 timing instruments, will be used in the NASA Global GNSS Network (GGN).

In other company news, Septentrio rolled out its new PolaRx5TR GNSS receiver. The unit has 544 hardware channels, features a calibration circuit, and supports all major constellations including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, and IRNSS, the company said.

September 22, 2016

IFEN Launches NCS TITAN GNSS Simulator

IFEN has announced its new NCS TITAN multi-GNSS, multi-frequency and multi-RF output simulator.

With up to 256 channels and up to four RF outputs per chassis, the TITAN design avoids the extra complexity and cost of using additional signal generators or intricate architectures involv¬ing several hardware boxes, IFEN says, which improves reliability without compromising functionality.

New Builds • September 22, 2016

GPS Networking Introduces Dual Antenna Rack Splitter

GPS Networking has introduced its dual-antenna rack mount splitter (DRMALDCBS1X16) that is ideal for timing and testing applications, the company said. The unit features two antenna inputs, 16 outputs, flat group delay, and high-isolation option.

New Builds • September 22, 2016

Spirent Announces Interference Detection and Analysis Unit

Spirent Communications plc’s Positioning Technology Unit has announced the GSS200D Interference Detection and Analysis solution, developed as part of Spirent’s partnership with Nottingham Scientific Limited.

The GSS200D comprises field-based hardware and a secure data server for automatic capture and analysis of GNSS radio frequency interference. According to the Paignton, UK–based company, deployments of GSS200D probes provide users with a thorough understanding of the RF interference (RFI) environment at sites of interest.

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