As urban populations grow, cities will have to become smarter to provide the same level of services to their residents, while tackling growing environmental and logistical challenges. A dedicated session at the recent Munich Satellite Navigation Summit discussed the future needs of smart cities and how synergies between GNSS and other emerging technologies support the applications that will meet these needs.By Inside GNSS
Registration is now open for this Free Webinar on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET. This event is sponsored by Inside Unmanned Systems, Applanix and Trimble. Note: This webinar has taken place and soon will be available on-demand.By Inside GNSS
VERIPOS, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence Division, announced a multiyear contract extension to supply GNSS services to UTEC, a global surveying company in subsea services group Acteon, on a worldwide basis.By Inside GNSS
Orolia, which provides GNSS-based systems for defense and commercial industries around the world, has successfully installed the world’s first operational Cospas-Sarsat second-generation technology on search and rescue ground stations for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Florida and Hawaii. These ground stations have been upgraded with Second Generation Beacon (SGB) signal processing capabilities to more accurately and quickly locate the source of distress signals.By Inside GNSS
“GPS 101” was the title of the GPS Caucus inaugural event last week at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. The caucus was recently formed by Senators Ernst and Duckworth and Representatives Loebsack and Bacon, with the support of the GPS Innovation Alliance.By Dana A. Goward
Efforts in the realm of electric propulsion have been both steady and cutting-edge. Past, present, and future projects are discussed along with both realized and potential mission benefits arising from this recent technology.
Electric Propulsion (EP) is a class of space propulsion, which makes use of electrical power to accelerate a propellant by different possible electrical and/or magnetic means. The use of electrical power enhances the propulsive performances of the EP thrusters compared with conventional chemical thrusters. Unlike chemical systems, electric propulsion requires very little mass to accelerate a spacecraft.By Günter W. Hein
The GPS community made real progress during 2018. The first GPS III satellite was launched, the contractor for the GPS IIIF satellites was chosen and work on the new ground system appeared to be on a good track. In addition, after years of waiting, two of three requested Galileo signals were approved for official use in the United States and Congress ordered the building of a backup system for GPS timing.By Dee Ann Divis
Officials representing the European Union are now publicly advancing the use of EU space assets, including the Galileo satellite-based navigation system, for military purposes. Galileo has traditionally been touted as a purely civil, purely nonmilitary system, but times and circumstances are changing.
The theme of the EU Space Week session Security and Defense was established by the introductory text that appeared in the event’s program: “The development of the European space sector has, from the outset, been linked to security, either that of the Member States or the EU itself.”By Peter Gutierrez