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September 15, 2010

GNSS Simulation: A User’s Guide to the Galaxy

FIGURE 1: Screenshot of RF simulation software showing GPS + GLONASS + Galileo constellations

In the first article in this series (Inside GNSS, July/August, 2010) we looked at the range of tasks that require GNSS signal simulation during design, manufacturing, certification, and maintenance of GNSS equipment. The second installment (Inside GNSS, September, 2010) described a range of simulation solutions.

In this final article, we try to find a simulation solution that best suits a particular task.

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September 10, 2010

Oregon: More GPS Product Design and GNSS-related Industry Here Than You May Think

The Portland skyline with a GPSIIF satellite is featured in the Inside GNSS booth at ION GNSS 2010

by Glen Gibbons

Few would mistake Oregon for the beating heart of GNSS. Still,  for a medium-sized U.S. metro area in the Pacific Northwest, Portland  and Oregon’s I-5 corridor has enough relevant involvement with the industry to justify hosting the Institute of Navigation’s 2010 GNSS conference and exhibition.

Oregon has FLIR Systems, Cloud Cap Technology, TriQuint, Intel, Garmin and Inside GNSS magazine.

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By Inside GNSS
September 7, 2010

NaviForum Shanghai 2010

A close brush by a passing typhoon on its opening day aside, NaviForum Shanghai 2010 mustered an impressive slate of senior executives from Chinese companies working in the navigation and telematics/location based services (LBS) field.

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By Inside GNSS
August 14, 2010

Map Africa 2010

Map Africa 2010 conference and exhibition will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in the center of Cape Town, South Africa on November 23-25, 2010.

The theme is "Geospatial Readiness for Building Africa." The conference will focus on the most pressing areas that contribute to the nation’s growth, such as infrastructure and utilities, cadastral mapping, land information management system (LIS), land policies, mining and exploration and emergency management.

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By Inside GNSS
August 12, 2010

Locations & Beyond Summit 2010

The Locations & Beyond Summit — a four-year-old event with a new name — will be held at the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco on October 6, 2010, during the CTIA Wireless Enterprise and Applications 2010 conference.

Organizer CSR says the event will focus on the " transformative effects of connecting everything and everyone, everyplace." Panels and discussions are aimed at developers of new location-aware products,applications, services and technologies. 

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By Inside GNSS
August 6, 2010

Edinburgh’s SELEX Galileo to Supply Atomic Clocks for 14 Galileo Satellites

Passive Hydrogen Maser (PHM) flight model on GIOVE-B (ESA photo)

SELEX Galileo, an Edinburgh, Scotland company, has signed a €30 million contract with with Surrey Satellite Technology LTD (SSTL) to supply PHM atomic clocks for all 14 Galileo FOC (full operational capability) satellites.

The PHM-Passive Hydrogen Maser- clock is the most stable for space
applications and has been tested successfully in GIOVE-B, the Galileo
system’s second validation satellite, which was launched in 2008. 

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Latest Updates on Satellite Navigation — Only at NaviForum Shanghai 2010

[Reprinted with permission from NAVIBIZ, Issue Date: 2010-7-23]

On June 2, China successfully launched the fourth BeiDou navigation satellite into the pre-designated orbit, symbolizing that China has made another important step forward in building the BeiDou (COMPASS) Navigation Satellite System. As is known to all, satellite navigation and positioning system is the key strategic infrastructure for information, and it will influence the process of social civilization and change people’s ideas about life, time and space.

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By Inside GNSS
July 22, 2010

Topcon Promotes O’Connor to Managing Executive Officer

Ray O’Connor, Topcon Positioning Systems

Topcon Corporation has announced the promotion of Ray O’Connor to managing executive officer for the company.  

O’Connor is president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), based in Livermore, California, and chairman of the board of Topcon Europe Positioning. He will continue to fill these and other positions within the corporation while taking on additional managerial oversight of various corporate projects and initiatives.

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By Inside GNSS
July 16, 2010

Lockheed Martin Unveils GPS Exhibit at the United Nations in Vienna

Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin vice-president and general manager, surveillance and navigation systems, introduces GPS Block III model for Permanent Space Exhibit at United Nations Committee on Pea, Vienna,

Lockheed Martin has opened a GPS exhibit as a part of the Permanent Space Exhibit of the United Nations Office at Vienna, Austria, to emphasize the importance of satellite navigation technology serving millions of citizens around the globe.

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By Inside GNSS
July 10, 2010

Six U.S. and Canadian GNSS Experts Will Judge USA Challenge Applications Ideas

Six GNSS business, technical and applications experts will judge the USA Challenge, North America’s first regional foray into the the 7-year old European Satellite Navigation Competition (Galileo Masters). The ESNC has become a worldwide race to see who can develop the most innovative applications ideas using GPS, GLONASS, Galileo or EGNOS, Compass/Beidou 2 or any of the regional and augmentation systems.

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By Inside GNSS
June 23, 2010

Russian Company Offers ‘Preliminary’ Specifications for GLONASS CDMA Signal

Illustration of GLONASS-K satellite

A provisional specification for the planned GLONASS CDMA signal has been defined and is available to receiver manufacturers interested in experimenting with the demonstration signal that will be broadcast from the GLONASS-K satellite to be flight-tested later this year.

Mark Shmulevich, head of business development for Russian Space Systems (RSS), extended the offer at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation GNSS Implementation Team (APEC-GIT) meeting in Seattle, Washington, this week. RSS is an amalgamation of 10 former Russian federal state unitary enterprises — that is, government corporations — and other Russian institutes and agencies established last year, with the former Russian Institute of Space Device Engineering (RISDE) serving as the lead.

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