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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 15, 2012

The GPS Dot and its Discontents

In-home construction of the first civilian-owned civil GPS spoofer.

Over the last few years, several of us in the GNSS community have done our best to convince our colleagues, policymakers, and the general public that unsavory characters with GNSS jammers or spoofers are a genuine threat to GNSS and an orderly society.

"But who would want to use a jammer or spoofer?” people ask.

My response? Hackers, because they can. Thieves planning to snatch expensive cargo. A moonlighting employee in the company car. Worse yet, state actors or terrorists targeting our national infrastructure.

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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

U.S. House Committee Leaders Request Information on LightSquared and GPS Interference

Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee have requested additional information regarding the procedures followed by federal agencies in the interference dispute between LightSquared and GPS.

The inquiry also asks about the government plans to develop GPS receiver standards that would prevent interference from “future deployment of terrestrial service in spectrum near or adjacent to the GPS bands.”

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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
February 16, 2012

Topcon Introduces Full-Spectrum GNSS Geodetic Antenna

Topcon CR-G5 GNSS antenna

Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) announced the company’s new CR-G5 high-performance, GNSS choke ring antenna.

Based on the company’s new TA-5 full-spectrum GNSS antenna element, the CR-G5 geodetic antenna offers excellent vertical phase center stability over the GNSS frequency band superior performance in tracking low elevation satellite signals, according to the company.

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By Inside GNSS
February 11, 2012

Challenges in GNSS /INS Integration

Dr. Andrey Soloviev, Qunav

GNSS and inertial technologies have a complicated mutual history.

Once competitors for navigation and positioning applications, they now appear ever more frequently in complementary roles — often within the same solution or system design.

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By Inside GNSS
January 13, 2012

Winging It

FIGURE 1: Competitive group skydiving is currently judged by overlaying a grid on a photo and evaluating location of divers within its cells. Photo by Mark Harris.

»NovAtel Inc. wingsuit video

In 1589, at the age of 25, Galileo Galilei toiled up the 294 steps of a 55-meter bell tower in Pisa, Italy, where he was tutoring math students at the time.

According to his pupil and later biog­rapher, Vincenzo Viviani, Galileo carried with him two cannonballs, one twice the weight of the other. When he reached the top of the tower, he went to the lower balcony of the tilted structure and dropped the two balls simultaneously.

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By Inside GNSS
December 27, 2011

NavtechGPS Takes on Raven GPS-Related Product Distribution

Raven Industries Electronic Systems Division has announced a new distributor relationship that will offer the company’s differential GPS (DGPS) products through NavtechGPS, of Springfield, Virginia.

Effective December 15, 2011, NavtechGPS began receiving and processing U.S. orders for Raven StarLink DGPS products, including line amplifiers, Raven Link timing & synchronization system, down/up converters, splitters, and antennas.

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By Inside GNSS
December 26, 2011

Spirent Launches Data Sets of World City Environments to Aid GNSS Receiver Testing

Spirent Communications has launched of a subscription service for live GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, and QZSS) environmental-capture data set samples, recorded at major locations worldwide, in challenging urban and suburban conditions.

The data sets are designed for use with the company’s GSS6400 GNSS Record and Playback test System. They encompass a variety of recorded scenarios ranging from drive-through multi-level roads, tunnels, and car parks to drive-throughs in downtown areas with high-rise buildings.

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By Inside GNSS