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NovAtel Confirmed for Long-Term Galileo Contracft

Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I) has awarded NovAtel Inc. a €440,000 milestone award for continued development of the Galileo ground reception Chain (GRC) reference receiver. Although the incremental size of the award is modest, the agreement provides for confirmed, longer-term funding of a two-year-old contract valued at €6.3M (US$8.6 million).

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By Glen Gibbons
September 14, 2007

ITT Snares FAA ADS-B Contract

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has named ITT Corporation as the prime contractor for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), the keystone technology of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

An initial three-year contract for White Plains, New York–based ITT is valued at $207 million for overall system integration and engineering. With options to operate and maintain the system after deployment through September 2025, the contract has a potential value of $1.86 billion.

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By Inside GNSS

Overlook Systems Captures JNWC Contract

The United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has awarded Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc., a two-year GSA Order (base year plus option) for technical support to the Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. If fully exercised, the contract has a $100 million value.

The award coincides with the transition of the JNWC from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration to USSTRATCOM on 1 October 2007. Overlook selected Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a teammate to provide support in response to USSTRATCOM’s June 2007 solicitation for the JNWC contract.

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By Inside GNSS

Rakon Ltd. to Build Facility in China

Rakon Ltd., designer and producer of high-precision quartz crystals, oscillators, and frequency control products will build a manufacturing plan in southern China by the end of the year.

New Zealand–based Rakon will work with an unnamed Chinese partner that the company says is already part of its supply chain. In July, the company opened a new Shanghai office, which joined existing offices in Shenzhen, China, and Taipei, Taiwan.

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By Inside GNSS

Symmetricom Launches New Timing Products

San Jose, California–based Symmetricom, Inc., has launched the SyncServer S300/S350, the latest in its line of network time servers using the latest Network Time Protocol (NTP) to synchronize time on servers, workstations, and a variety of network elements for expanding IT enterprises.

The company also announced that its XLi SAASM Time and Frequency Receiver with a new Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM) SAASM receiver has been granted security approval by the Global Positioning Systems Wing (GPSW). The GB-GRAM GPS Receiver is integrated into Symmetricom’s XLi SAASM (Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module).

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By Inside GNSS

Trimble elects new leadership after death of chairman

Trimble’s board of directors has elected new leadership following the death of chairman Robert S. Cooper. Trimble’s new chairman, Ulf J. Johansson, has served as a director on Trimble’s board since 1999. Johansson was a founder and served as chairman of Europolitan Vodafone AB, a GSM mobile telephone operator in Sweden, from 1990 until March 2005.

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By Inside GNSS
July 31, 2007

SiRF Buys Centrality Communications

San Jose, California–based SiRF Technology expects to close this fiscal quarter on its purchase of Centrality Communications, Inc., a provider of navigation processor solutions for mobile navigation devices.

In exchange for all of the outstanding capital stock of Centrality, including equity awards, SiRF has agreed to pay $283 million in a combination of cash and shares of SiRF common stock, with the exact amount to be determined at the time of closing. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the merger.

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By Inside GNSS

Broadcom Wraps Up Global Locate Acquisition

Broadcom Corporation, an Irvine, California–based $3.67-billion fabless semiconductor company focusing on wired and wireless communications, has closed its $143 million cash deal for Global Locate, Inc.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Global Locate is an eight-year-old, privately-held, fabless provider of GPS and assisted GPS (A-GPS) semiconductor products and software.

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By Inside GNSS

Fastrax, NavtechGPS, Surrey Satellite

Fastrax has appointed Taneli Tuurnala, M.Sc., as the Finnish GPS manufacturer’s president and CEO. Previously, Tuurnala, who succeeds Matti Räty in the post, previously served as vice-president of sales & marketing at Fastrax. Fredrik Borgström, M.Sc., has been appointed director, sales & marketing. He previously served as the company’s sales director for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

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By Inside GNSS
January 31, 2007

NordNav, CPS Purchase to Support Mobile Phone Effort

BlueTooth technology provider CSR, of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has acquired NordNav Technologies AB, of Sweden, and Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd. (CPS) of also of Cambridge, UK. Taken together, the acquisitions will allow the company to provide software-based low-cost GPS suitable for mass-market mobile phones and Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs).

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By Inside GNSS

GPS Block III Contracts

The U.S. Air Force has awarded two $50 million contracts to Boeing and Lockheed Martin to execute a system design review for the next-generation GPS space segment program, GPS Block III.

The contracts come on the heels of both companies successfully completing system requirements reviews in November 2006. Those reviews, part of a $10 million follow-on order to a Phase A Concept Development Contract awarded in 2004, assessed Boeing’s and Lockheed’s ability to mitigate development and delivery risks associated with building the Block III satellites.

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By Inside GNSS