India to host GLONASS ground station for Russia

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is getting ready to host a ground station for Russia’s GLONASS. The ground station will help the Russian navigation system become more efficient, reports the Times of India. The ground station will be built in Bengaluru, a city that is already home to the ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (Istrac). Istrac will host the Russian ground station as well. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two nations in October 2016. In...
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Spirent Federal’s SimMNSA granted security approval by GPS Directorate

Spirent Federal Systems, provider of GPS/GNSS test equipment, has announced that its new M-Code solution, SimMNSA, has been granted Security Approval by the Global Positioning System Directorate. Spirent Federal is the first company to provide such as solution for simulating classified GPS signals, and is currently taking orders. The GSS9000 simulator.(Photo: Spirent) In 2017, Spirent Federal Systems partnered with Rockwell Collins to develop new software that will use the Modernized Navstar...
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RINEX 3.04 supports new BeiDou, GLONASS and QZSS signals

RINEX 3.04 contains updates to support planned GLONASS CDMA signals, as well as new BeiDou III and QZSS II signals. The International GNSS Service (IGS) and Radio Technical Commission Maritime Service, Special Committee -104 (RTCM SC-104) RINEX Working Group, announced the availability of RINEX 3.04. RINEX 3.04 supports all publicly available signals from existing GNSS constellations: the U.S. GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, Europe’s Galileo, China’s BeiDou, Japan’s Quasi Zenith Satellite System...
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NovAtel contracted to supply signal generators for FAA’s WAAS program

NovAtel has been awarded a contract from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to design, produce and deliver 40 next-generation Ground Uplink Station (GUS) Signal Generators to support the FAA’s safety-of-life WAAS navigation service. The service provides safety-critical infrastructure for the North American aviation navigation network. GUS signal generator. (Photo: NovAtel) The contract also includes ongoing engineering support services for NovAtel’s complete portfolio of...
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Launchpad: Arctic UAV, position sensor, global mapper

A roundup of recent products in the GNSS and inertial positioning industry from the January 2019 issue of GPS World magazine. OEM RF front-end Application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) FOR GNSS NT1066 is a four-channel RF front-end ASIC (three wideband IQ and one narrowband IQ) that covers all GNSS (GLONASS, GPS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, NavIC) signals at all frequency bands, so users benefit from all the advantages of acquiring multiple system simultaneously. Channels A, B and C are...
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Bell Helicopter unveils full-scale air taxi at CES 2019

Bell Helicopter unveiled a full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle during CES 2019, held in Las Vegas. Artist’s concept of the Bell Nexus taxi in the air. (Image: Bell) The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell’s signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans designed to safely and efficiently carry passengers. Bell Nexus means the nexus of transport and technology and of comfort and...
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Spoofing-resistant UAVs

By Alexander Rügamer, Daniel Rubino, Xabier Zubizarreta, Wolfgang Felber, Fraunhofer IIS, and Jan Wendel and Daniel Pfaffelhuber, Airbus Defense and Space GmbH This work presents a new secure localization method that can be used for UAVs to obtain a new level of protection against hostile and unauthorized UAVs. While non-spreading code-encrypted (SCE) GNSS devices can be blocked, authorized UAVs using this method have unrestricted access to the non-spoofable and trusted SCE GNSS. The proposed...
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FLAMINGO: Fulfilling enhanced location accuracy with initial Galileo services

By William Roberts, Joshua Critchley-Marrows, Marco Fortunato, Maria Ivanovici, Nottingham scientific Ltd., Karel Callewaert, Thiago Tavares, VVA Brussels, Laurent Arzel and Axelle Pomies, Telespazio France The FLAMINGO initiative is developing the infrastructure, solutions and services to enable use of accurate, precise GNSS in the mass-market, operating predominantly in an urban environment. Whilst mass-market receivers are yet to achieve accuracies below one meter for standard positioning,...
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