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May 24, 2012

Truth on the Range

Typical Rack-Mounted UHARS System

A next-generation “truth” reference system for the U.S. Air Force (USAF) — the Ultra High Accuracy Reference System (UHARS) — is currently under development by the 746th Test Squadron (746 TS) at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico.

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By Inside GNSS
May 4, 2012

Racelogic Wins Two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise for GNSS Simulator Business

UK-based Racelogic has been singled out as a double winner in the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, receiving both Innovation and International Trade awards.

Announced on April 21 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday, the 2012 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise listings contained 209 companies, with Racelogic being one of only four to be honored with the award for both Innovation and International Trade.

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IFEN Adds BeiDou-Compass Capability to Its Multi-GNSS Simulator

IFEN GmbH has announced that the company has enhanced its NavX-NCS multi-GNSS RF constellation simulator product line to support China’s Compass/BeiDou-2 GNSS system.

Together with its WORK Microwave partner, IFEN has added the BeiDou B1 civil signal to its current suite of GNSS signal generation capabilities, which include GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and SBAS. The companies used the modulation scheme and signal specifications outlined in accordance with the latest version of the Compass/BeiDou Signal in Space Interface Control Document.

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By Inside GNSS
April 26, 2012

Trimble to Acquire SketchUp — Google 3D Modeling Tool

Example of site logistic design by M.A. Mortenson Company using Google’s SketchUp 3D modeling tool

Trimble announced plans today (April 26, 2012) to acquire SketchUp, a popular 3D modeling tools, from its Silicon Valley neighbor, Google, Inc.

Sunnyvale, California–based Trimble signed a definitive agreement with Google, headquartered in Mountain View, with the transaction expected to close in the second quarter of 2012. Although the companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal, a Trimble news release said the transaction “is not expected to be material to 2012 earnings per share.”

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By Inside GNSS
April 21, 2012

Parts Testing Drives Up GPS III Program Costs, Forces Prime to Forego $70 Million Incentive Fee

The core structure of the GPS III Non-Flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) stands vertical in Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility. LM photo.

An emphasis on quality assurance in system engineering and components in the first GPS III satellite now under development has driven projected costs up in the program above the budgeted amount, leading the U.S. Air Force to deny a $70 million incentive fee to prime contractor Lockheed Martin.

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By Inside GNSS
April 20, 2012

U.S. Satellite Export Policy Report Retains GPS Restrictions

The Global Positioning System and GPS receivers show up several times as items of special concern in a report to Congress submitted Wednesday (April 18, 2012) by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of State. The subject is discussed in an appendix addressing “China’s Space-related Strategic Goals, Capabilities, and Methods for Acquiring Technology.”

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By Inside GNSS
March 29, 2012

Rohde & Schwarz GNSS Simulator Gains P-Code, GLONASS

Rohde & Schwarz SMBV100A vector signal generator/GNSS simulator

Rohde & Schwarz, based in Munich, Germany, has launched two extensions to the GNSS simulator in its SMBV100A vector signal generator: GLONASS and GPS P-code capability.

The SMBV100A already had the capability to generate a range of GPS and Galileo civil signals as well as wireless standards, including GSM/EDGE, 3GPP with HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

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By Inside GNSS
March 28, 2012

IFEN and WORK Microwave Announce More Upgrades for NavX-NCS Simulators

IFEN GmbH and WORK Microwave have announced a new round of enhancements to the NavX-NCS line of GNSS multi-frequency simulators.

Increased usability and control is achieved through the new NCS Control Center software release V1.7, according to the Germany-based companies. The GNSS simulators now feature motion models that simulate the physical behavior of various types of vehicles or vessels, including airplanes, trains, cars, trucks, and ships.

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By Inside GNSS
March 12, 2012

Polaris Wireless Names Per Enge as Tech Advisor

Pen Enge

Stanford University professor and GNSS expert Per Enge has been named chief technical advisor of Polaris Wireless, a Mountain View, California–based provider of software-based wireless positioning.

According to Polaris Wireless, Enge, director of Stanford’s GPS Research Laboratory, will leverage his experience in technology and academic fields “to provide strategic guidance regarding location technology, intellectual property, and research partnerships with universities and other technology vendors.” He will report to the company’s CEO, Manlio Allegra.

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By Inside GNSS
February 29, 2012

Web Seminar on Challenges of GNSS/Inertial Integration Gets Thumbs Up

Nearly 400 system integrators, equipment manufacturers, product/application designers, and other professionals from around the world tuned into a live broadcast web seminar presented by Inside GNSS on February 28 with the subject, “Challenges of GNSS/Inertial Integration.”

A link to the recorded version is available here. If you already registered and would like to review the webinar, just sign in. If you have not yet registered, you may do so now. Registration is free.

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By Inside GNSS
February 23, 2012

IFEN and WORK Microwave Introduce Enhanced NavX-NCS GNSS Simulator

IFEN, the Poing, Germany–based manufacturer of GNSS navigation products and services, working in partnership with WORK Microwave, have announced an enhanced version of IFEN’s NavX-NCS Professional, a multi-frequency GNSS simulator.

Optimized for research and development of GNSS safety and professional applications, the enhanced version of the NavX-NCS Professional incorporate the following key features:

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By Inside GNSS