All JAVAD GNSS receivers track QZSS Satellite
JAVAD GNSS engineers in Moscow tracked Japan’s first QZSS satellite and its new L1C signal. The C/A, L2C, L5, SAIF and the new L1C signals were collected when QZSS-1 satellite was visible in Moscow. QZSS is the first satellite which transmits new L1C signal. All of the current JAVAD GNSS receivers, including OEM boards, ALPHA, DELTA, SIGMA, TRIUMPH-1 and TRIUMPH-VS can track QZSS signals with a software update.
European Satellite Navigation Competition awards
This year’s ESA Innovation Prize for the European Satellite Navigation Competition has been awarded to an application that uses satellites to detect river pollution. A separate prize supported by ESA was awarded to a startup company for a pioneering system that uses satellite data to boost investment in farming. Altogether 357 ideas from 44 countries were submitted to the 2010 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). In addition to the grand prize, 21 regional winners and six special topic prizes were awarded at ESNC 2010 by partners from industry and research institutions for the best applications that make use of GNSS.
Lockheed Martin delivers key GPS III test hardware
The Lockheed Martin-led team developing the next-generation GPS III has completed the program’s first contract deliverable ahead of schedule, by shipping the GPS III Bus Real Time Simulator (BRTS). It is a specialized piece of test equipment designed to reduce risk and ensure total mission success.
China launches sixth Compass satellite
China has successfully launched its sixth orbiter which will form part of its indigenous satellite-navigation and positioning network. The network eventually will consist of 35 satellites.
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Broadcom announces QZSS position fix
Broadcom’s BCM4751 chipset is single-chip GPS receiver with low power consumption, higher sensitivity, small footprint (3cm²) and support for GPS, SBAS and QZSS. Broadcom have confirmed their first position fix using the data transmitted by Michibiki.
GNSS-based carpool scheme in Delhi, India
Delhi State’s transport department in association with Mega Car Pool Private Ltd, launched ‘carpooling initiative.’ Delhiites can enrol for the scheme by registering with the service provider. Each member will be given a mini computer like device, to be installed in the vehicle and a smartcard bearing his/her photograph. When the member needs a ride, he/she needs to call the centralised helpline number of the service provider to requisition a ride. The request will flash on tablets installed in the cars of all members driving in that area, who will be tracked through a GPS fitted in the device.
GLONASS goes to India
The federal network operator NIS GLONASS signed an agreement to establish a consortium with DIMTS (Delhi Integrated Multimodal Transit System), India, for participating in tenders to create Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Under the New Delhi transport monitoring and management pilot zone based on GLONASS/GPS technology, the software and hardware supply contract was signed with GLONIS Solutions. Additionally, a MoU was signed with Kerala State Electronic Development Corporation Limited (KELTRON) for a pilot project in the state of Kerala and joint participation in state government tenders.
Glonass-K2 satellite in 2013
Russia’s next generation Glonass-K2 navigation satellite will be launched in 2013. “We have decided to modernize the Glonass signal system. We will introduce new signals with a code separation,” said Sergei Revnivykh, Deputy Director of Roscosmos’s Central Research Institute of Machine Building. Besides signals on the L3 frequency in the 1205 MHz band, signals will also be transmitted on L1 and L2 frequencies. The new design will have a 10-year service life.
US and Australia cooperation on GPS
Officials from the Governments of the USA and Australia met to review progress under and build future activities on the Joint Delegation Statement on Cooperation in the Civil Use of GPS and Space-Based PNT Systems and Applications. The framework will encompass collaboration on important space applications such as satellite-based land and sea remote sensing, climate change research and meteorology, and space-based PNT, as well as opportunities for early discussions on new systems and future civil space-related missions under development.
All hands on deck for European space
High level representatives have weighed in on European space activities, including EGNOS and Galileo, at a recent conference hosted by the European Parliament. European Commission Vice President Antonio Tajani said that Galileo and GMES are “tackling societal and environmental challenges”. With a revision of the Commission’s budget for space activities expected by the end of 2010, his comments were pertinent. Galileo, he said, in combination with GMES, will be a key tool for agriculture in the future, particularly important in helping to insure food stocks in the developing world. EGNOS, the European satellite navigation augmentation system, is already making great strides in the precision agriculture market.