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IFEN GmbH appoints V3 Novus its distributor for India

iFEN Gmbh, Germany have appointed V3 Novus Pvt. Ltd. as its distributor for India for range of GNSS test equipment, including simulators capable of simulating all GNSS constellations and frequencies and a multi-GNSS software receiver.

V3 Novus is based in Bangaluru, India is an ISO 9001:2008 certified company involved in design and manufacture of products for the Industrial, Defence and Railway industry by following quality Design, manufacturing standards and by using skilled and trained resources.

New simulator to BroadSim product line

Orolia Defense & Security has released the latest addition to its GNSS simulator family, BroadSim Solo. The Solo joins the BroadSim line of Skydel-powered GNSS simulators, which includes models suited for Hardware-In-The-Loop and Multi-Element Antenna/CRPA testing. BroadSim Solo shares the same Skydel Simulation Engine that runs on a standard BroadSim, BroadSim Anechoic and BroadSim Wavefront. It supports advanced scenario creation features and the benefits provided by a softwaredefined architecture such as high-dynamics, 1000Hz iteration update rate and ultra-low latency of 5ms. Nearly all civilian GNSS signals can be generated through its single RF output (one frequency band at a time), along with GPS AES M-Code, jamming or spoofing signals.

Bedrock launches ocean exploration and survey platform

Bedrock, a vertically-integrated sea-floor data platform and service has launched its full-service offering: autonomous ocean surveys powered by the company’s proprietary, 100% electric autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) and Mosaic, a universal cloud-based survey data platform for managing, accessing and sharing any marine survey data from any ongoing or historical survey, which is now open for beta sign-ups.

New CSAC from Microchip Technology

Chip Scale Atomic Clocks (CSACs) ensure stable and accurate timing even when GNSS time signals are unavailable. Helping industrial and military system designers to meet this requirement, Microchip Technology Inc. has announced its new SA65 CSAC, providing precise timing accuracy and stability in extreme environments.

Microchip’s SA65 CSAC is an embedded timing solution with improved environmental ruggedness, delivering higher performance than the previous SA.45s CSAC, including double the frequency stability over a wider temperature range and faster warm-up at cold temperatures.

Spirent Federal Systems and Northrop Grumman partnership

Spirent Federal Systems announces plans to fully validate the inertial interface between Spirent GNSS simulators and both Northrop Grumman legacy and modernized inertial systems under the EGI-M program.

Northrop Grumman’s Embedded GPS / INS-Modernization, or EGI-M, program is developing state-of-the-art airborne navigation capabilities with a governmentowned open architecture. The fully modernized system integrates new M-Code capable GPS receivers, provides interoperability with civil controlled air space, and implements a new resilient time capability.

Samsung introduces 5nm processor

Samsung Electronics has announced its new wearable processor, the Exynos W920. The new processor integrates an LTE modem and is the first in the industry to be built with an advanced 5-nanometer (nm) extreme ultra-violet (EUV) process node, offering powerful yet efficient performance demanded by next-generation wearable devices. The Exynos W920 packs two Arm® Cortex®-A55 cores for high-performing yet power-efficient processing and an Arm Mali™-G68 GPU that boasts improved CPU performance around 20-percent and ten times better graphics performance than its predecessor. With upgraded cores and improved performance, it enables faster application launches and more interactive eye-catching 3D graphical user interface (GUI) on a device’s qHD (960×540) display.

ThinKom Solutions and Telesat sign agreement

ThinKom Solutions and Telesat have announced a teaming agreement to collaborate on integrating ThinKom’s Ka2517 aeronautical antennas with the advanced Telesat Lightspeed™ LEO satellite broadband network.

The two companies will work together to facilitate operations of the Ka2517 antennas on the fully integrated 298 satellite and ground network, which is expected to begin services in 2023. The efforts under the agreement will include integration of the Ka2517 as a complete aeronautical User Terminal solution, followed by formal type approval of the Ka2517 on the Telesat Lightspeed network.

NorSat-4 maritime tracking microsatellite

The Norwegian Space Agency (NOSA) has awarded a contract to Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) to build the NorSat-4 maritime tracking microsatellite. It will be the eighth satellite developed by SFL for Norway, including NorSat-3 launched in April 2021 and the NorSat Technology Demonstrator (NorSat- TD) now under construction.

Similar to NorSat-1, -2 and -3, NorSat-4 will be built on SFL’s DEFIANT microsatellite platform (a variant of the NEMO platform that uses a separation system and not a dispenser) and carry an Automatic Identification System (AIS) ship tracking receiver developed by Kongsberg Seatex. An important new addition on NorSat-4 will be a low-light imaging camera. To develop the miniature low-light imaging camera, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) has contracted Safran Reosc of France. This powerful device will detect vessels larger than 30 meters in length in Arctic waters, which are shrouded by darkness much of the year.

Fugro wins contract to build new pavement management system

The Province of Manitoba in Canada has awarded Fugro a 4-year contract to develop a new pavement management system that will guide strategic selection of road maintenance projects for optimized use of transportation budgets. Joining Fugro on the contract is AgileAssets, a software company specializing in infrastructure asset management.

Features of the new pavement management system include pavement decision trees, calculation of pavement condition indices, segment– and networklevel performance models, and multi–year networklevel analyses examining pavement condition data within the context of site and budget constraints.

Leidos gets $600 million contract

Leidos has been awarded with a prime contract by the US Army to support the Army Geospatial Center’s (AGC) highresolution three dimensional (HR3D) geospatial information operation and technology integration program. The contract is valued at $600 million. Work will be performed predominately in Virginia and various CONUS and OCONUS locations.

Under the contract, Leidos will continue to support AGC’s BuckEye mission. The BuckEye program provides high resolution color imagery and digital 3D terrain over all operationally relevant areas of the world.

Fugro helps NOAA update nautical charts

Fugro has completed fieldwork on a hydrographic survey project for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to update nautical charts off the northern coast of Unimak Island, Alaska. Located in the Bering Sea, the island supports multiple fisheries, a major transit route, and at-sea cargo transfers. Existing charts in the region do not meet current navigational needs, with data in some cases predating the 1940s. Fugro is helping NOAA address these data deficiencies with new, high-resolution bathymetry over five sites totaling approximately 1700 km2. These Geodata will be used to produce new nautical charts, making marine navigation safer and more efficient.

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