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GNSS Leaders Reveal Plans at Munich Summit

Representatives of the world’s GNSS providers outlined the current plans and progress of their systems at the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.

BeiDou has entered its transition period from Phase II to Phase III, with test and validation of the next phase with its new signal structures and frequencies taking place through the second half of 2017, said Jun Shen, deputy director for International Research at the China Satellite Navigation Office. In the meantime, “there will be a coexisting of Phase II/III BeiDou signals.

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By Inside GNSS
February 8, 2016

Russia Launches First GLONASS-M in More Than a Year

In its first GLONASS-M launch in more than a year, Russia lifted a satellite into orbit yesterday (3:21 a.m. Moscow time, February 7, 2016) from the Pletsetsk Cosmodrome, after being postponed from December.

GLONASS-M #51 (GLONASS constellation designation #751) will replace a 10-year-old satellite (GC#714) that ceased operations last October in slot 17, orbital plane 3 of the constellation.

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By Inside GNSS
January 27, 2016

GNSS Hotspots

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859
1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman image)
Nouméa ground station after the flood
A pencil and a coffee cup show the size of NASA’s teeny tiny PhoneSat
Bonus Hotspot: Naro Tartaruga AUV
Pacific lamprey spawning (photo by Jeremy Monroe, Fresh Waters Illustrated)
“Return of the Bucentaurn to the Molo on Ascension Day”, by (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto
The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock at 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB in Colorado. This photo was taken in January, 2006 during the addition of a leap second. The USNO master clocks control GPS timing. They are accurate to within one second every 20 million years (Satellites are so picky! Humans, on the other hand, just want to know if we’re too late for lunch) USAF photo by A1C Jason Ridder.
Detail of Compass/ BeiDou2 system diagram
Hotspot 6: Beluga A300 600ST

Catching thieves in California, Galileo satellites test Einstein, Russian space agency remodel, and 911 training for operators who can’t read maps. 

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By Inside GNSS
January 26, 2016

SwiftNav Releases Specs on UAV-Focus GNSS Receiver Platform

Swift Navigation’s Piksi GPS receiver

Having started out with a crowd source–funded launch through Kickstarter followed by two rounds of more conventional venture capital backing — $2.6 million in 2014 and another $11 million last December — San Francisco, California–based Swift Navigation is going after a low-cost, high-precision market such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) with its Piksi GPS receiver platform.

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By Inside GNSS
January 20, 2016

ITS European Congress 2016

TRAM no.1392, Glasgow Transport Museum

The 11th Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) European Congress and industry exhibition will be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow, Scotland June 6 – 9, 2016.

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By Inside GNSS
January 14, 2016

ICG-11: International Committee on GNSS

Russia will host the eleventh meeting of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) from November 6 to 11, 2016 in Sochi, on the Black Sea near Georgia. This meeting is organized by Roscosmos, the State Space Corporation. It will take place at the Pullman Sochi Center Hotel and Conference Center.

The ICG is a voluntary United Nations–backed association that brings together GNSS and augmentation providers, including the United States, Russia, European Union, China, India, and Japan.

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By Inside GNSS
January 13, 2016

ICL-GNSS 2016: Localization and GNSS

The sixth international conference on localization and GNSS will take place at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) – Casa Convalescència, a UNESCO site, on June 28, 29 and 30 in Barcelona, Spain.

ICL-GNSS covers recent research on terrestrial and satellite-based positioning techniques to provide reliable, accurate and low latency position information with the goal of inspiring new design, implementation, test and evaluation methodologies for positioning platforms.

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By Inside GNSS