By Inside GNSS
In lead position on a sleigh rising from the North Pole to a height of 200 meters — standard cruising altitude for global package delivery — at 2100 hours UTC on December 24 — the youngest will hopefully be asleep by then and there’s plenty of territory to cover before dawn breaks, time’s a-wasting — navigator Rudolph will see between 40 and 45 GNSS satellites glistening in the night sky.
China threw two BeiDou satellites into space on Dec. 16. According to Yang Changfeng, BeiDou constellation chief designer, this brings to 24 the total of medium-Earth orbit (MEO) BDS-3 satellites in orbit, bringing completion to the core system. China has stated its mission to complete the BDS-3 constellation by 2020.By Inside GNSS
Ivan Revnivykh’s life and experience encompass the far frontiers of his homeland, Russia, from the magnificent landscapes of the country’s Pacific coast to research stations in Antarctica, to the great capital city of Moscow where he lives and works today. To everything he does he brings a sense of excitement and adventure.By Peter Gutierrez
UPDATE: A week after this story appeared the news broke that Fred Kennedy had quit as the head of the Air Force’s new Space Development Agency after just four months on the job. News reports suggested that issues with his boss, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin, were at the heart of the resignation. — Dee Ann Divis
The director of the Department of Defense’s new Space Development Agency (SDA) said Friday that one of his priority projects is to create an alternate GPS capability using frequencies different from those of the current constellation.By Dee Ann Divis
Today, Hemisphere GNSS announced its next-generation digital and RF (radio frequency) ASIC (application-specific integrated circuit) platforms, and the release of three all-new positioning and heading OEM (original equipment manufacturer) boards – the first products incorporating these technological advancements.By Inside GNSS
The China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) is an open academic platform for academic exchanges that aims at enhancing academic innovation to promote cooperation and exchanges in the field of satellite navigation. The event, which opens May 22, also is designed at strengthening technological innovation to accelerate engineering construction of satellite navigation systems, intensifying theoretical innovation to facilitate theory progress of satellite navigation and reinforcing application innovation to boost development of the satellite navigation industry.By Inside GNSS
Designed for surveying, mapping and navigation, the new REACH RS2 RTK GNSS receiver from Emlid comes with a mobile app.
Reach RS2 gets a fixed solution in just seconds and maintains robust performance even in challenging conditions, according to the manufacturer. Centimeter accuracy can be achieved on distances over 60 kilometers in RTK, and 100 kilometers in PPK mode.By Inside GNSS
The European Navigation Conference 2019 (ENC 2019) comes to Warsaw, Poland on April 9-12. The European Group of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN) and Polish Navigation Forum (PNF) invite attendees to the conference, which is organized by the Polish Navigation Forum. PNF is a non-profit organization, founded in the ’80s, with the aim of associating people involved in development of the science of navigation. This is the second time Poland is hosting the ENC conference participants, and the venue will be the Novotel Warszawa Centrum Hotel.By Inside GNSS
Officials for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit announced the theme for the 2019 event while attending the ION GNSS+ conference in Miami last fall and are now preparing for their 2019 conference in the spring.
“Augment Yourself with GNSS…” will be the theme of the 2019 edition of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, taking place on March 25–27, 2019 at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. The organizing Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) of the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen will invite experts from all over the world to talk about the latest news on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and their role for Augmented/Mixed Reality as well as other up-to-date technologies.By Inside GNSS
According to a news report,“Sprut-N1 [a] new-generation precision navigation radio system (RNS) has been created for the Russian Navy. It will determine geographic location, speed and altitude with a precision superior to that of GLONASS and GPS. The coordinates are determined by ground stations of the system which transmit coded signals to warships and aircraft. The main advantage against satellite navigation is that the signal of the high-tech system cannot be jammed, the Izvestia daily writes.”By Dana A. Goward
The international standards organization SAE International is beginning a project to produce guidelines for resilient GNSS receivers.By Inside GNSS
Whether you’re talking about a confused adult, a lost child, a hiker in the mountains or even an astronaut in distress, having the world’s best technology available can be the difference between life and death during a search and rescue (SAR) mission.By Stan Goff