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Ventures • December 2, 2007

EDO Shareholders to Vote on Acquisition by ITT Corporation

EDO Corporation will hold a special meeting of its shareholders on December 18 to complete previously announced plans to be acquired by ITT Corporation, a global aerospace and defense company with headquarters in White Plains, New York.

November 29, 2007

NovAtel Reports Record Quarterly Revenues, Close of Hexagon Share Tender

Through its Canadian subsidiary, Hexagon AB has acquired 93.3 percent of NovAtel Inc. following closure of its tender offer on November 27. Under the previously announced move, some 8,647,240 shares were acquired at the tender price of US$50 per share.

Ventures • November 26, 2007

Trimble Snares USCG DGPS Contract; NDGPS Imperiled

Even as the fate of the inland portions of the Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) reference network hangs in the balance, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a contract to Trimble for up to 400 high-accuracy GPS reference receivers.

The Trimble NetRS reference receivers will be installed over the next three years as part of the coast guard’s modernization of the Maritime DGPS Service, which is not part of the NDGPS elements that being considered for termination.

November 26, 2007

SMC's Hamel Receives AFA Award

Lt. Gen. Michael Hamel, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) commander, has received the Air Force Association's 2007 Gen. Thomas D. White USAF Space Trophy. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the nation's progress in aerospace.

Under General Hamel's leadership, SMC has had 54 successful space launches in a row, a feat unparalleled in military space history, according to SMC. He serves not only as the center's commander but also as the Air Force

Ventures • November 24, 2007

TomTom Gains with Tele Atlas; Garmin Signs with Navteq

Thwarted in its latter-day attempt to buy digital mapmaker Tele Atlas out from under TomTom, GPS manufacturer Garmin International has signed a long-term deal with rival map provider Navteq.

Under the agreement announced November 16, Garmin will extend its current six-year agreement with Chicago, Illinois–based NAVTEQ to access to map data through 2015 with an option to continue through 2019.

November 14, 2007

Urban Challenge: GPS/Inertial Systems Help Win DARPA Race

Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University reversed the order of their finishes in the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge, snaring first and second place, respectively, in the Urban Challenge finals held November 3 in Victorville, California.

Both entries incorporated POS LV (Position and Orientation Systems for Land Vehicles) integrated GPS/inertial systems from Applanix Corporation, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

November 13, 2007

FREE build-it-yourself model GPS IIR-M from Baseband Technologies

The holidays are coming – what can you find for the engineer who has everything? Why not build your own museum-quality paper GPS satellite model at home?

You can do it with a free-downloadable kit, courtesy of Baseband Technologies, Canadian designers of GNSS OEM receivers. All you need are the supplies in the average third-grader’s school desk and two or three hours of free time. The finished product will fit nicely on a corner of your desk.

November 13, 2007

GPS Market Studies Focus on High-Volume Devices

Three new market studies — from Berg Insight, ABI Research, and Markets and Research — focus on GPS chipsets and the high-volume consumer device markets that drive them, all predicting continued rapid growth.

Events • October 25, 2007

Applications-Oriented "Growing Galileo" Event Planned for November 14-15

“Growing Galileo” is the theme of a conference and exhibition taking place November 14–15 in Brussels, Belgium, that will highlight the work under way and planned for developing applications of Europe’s GNSS system.

Events • October 25, 2007

IEEE/ION PLANS 2008 Paper Deadline Approaches

The deadline to submit an abstract for IEEE/ION Position Location & Navigation Symposium (PLANS) 2008 is November 1. 

PLANS 2008 will take place May 6-8, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel in Monterey, California. A seminar series will be held on May 5.

Jammer Dectector
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