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New Builds • October 4, 2017

Trimble GNSS Smart Target Base Station Designed for Simplified Map Production from UAVs

Trimble announced last week the release of the Trimble GNSS Smart Target Base Station for high-accuracy mapping from Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  

The announcement was made in Berlin at INTERGEO 2017, the world’s largest conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management.

New Builds • October 4, 2017

Applanix Launches Updated POS LVX for High-Accuracy Positioning and Orientation for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Applanix, a Trimble Company, last week introduced an updated version of its POS LVX system, which provides high-accuracy positioning and orientation for the operation of autonomous ground vehicles. The POS LVX can be integrated with cameras, Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), RAdio Detection and Ranging (RADAR), and other sensors to provide accurate Positioning and Orientation System Estimation (POSE) for localization, perception, and the production of high-precision maps critical for autonomous vehicles.

October 23, 2017 - October 26, 2017
Noordwijk, Netherlands
September 28, 2017

Honey Shares his Lifetime of Navigation with Boats, Cars and Sports During Keynote Speech

As a child Stan Honey taught himself navigation and he admits he was “always good at math” and “just found navigation interesting.”

When he shared his many tales with the crowd in the Oregon Ballroom Tuesday night at the ION GNSS+ during the Plenary Session, the Yale- and Stanford-trained engineer entertained the audience with a wealth of information on early navigation systems, current navigation technologies, and how he and his colleagues developed many of the systems used to enhance the way millions of fans watch sports on television.

September 28, 2017

GNSS Program Update: Dozens of NavSats Set to Launch in Next 40 Months

If all goes as planned the world’s satellite navigation providers will be launching dozens of satellites between now and the end of the decade.

The activity just this year and next is remarkable, said John Betz of the MITRE Corp., who co-chaired the panel with José- Ángel Ávila-Rodriguez of the European Space Agency.

September 27, 2017

AFSPC Commander Holding Steady Through Sea of Changes

The ground was already shifting when Gen. John (Jay) Raymond took charge of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in October 2016. Just six months before, his predecessor Gen. John Hyten had announced the Space Enterprise Vision, a new way of approaching space asset development, management and protection now that space had become both contested and far more crowded. There were issues across the space, ground and user segments of the GPS program; sequestration was still looming and Congress was looking closely at how to reorganize the way the Air Force managed its space programs.

New Builds • September 26, 2017

Microsemi Releases BlueSky GPS Firewall to Provide Security Against GPS Spoofing and Jamming Threats

Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, today announced the recent development of a breakthrough approach to protecting critical infrastructure against GPS spoofing and jamming threats with the introduction of its BlueSky GPS Firewall.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2017

GNSS Hotspots

1. Mangrove Tree-Planting Drones
Myanmar (Southeast Asia)

September 22, 2017

Lockheed Martin’s Second-Generation SBAS Testbed Achieves Another Milestone

Lockheed Martin announced that its second-generation satellite-based augmentation system (2nd Gen SBAS) testbed started broadcasting in dual frequency, multi-constellation (DFMC) during testing this week that was moved up from originally scheduled dates.

Ventures • September 22, 2017

Spirent Partners with Cranfield University on Autonomous Vehicle Technology 

Spirent Communications plc, a leader in Galileo, GPS and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) testing solutions, this week announced a partnership with Cranfield University, a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management. The two organizations will be collaborating to develop connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies.

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