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Tracking Xona PULSAR LEO signal generated by Spirent simulator

NovAtel announced a successful test demonstrating of their OEM7 GNSS receivers track Xona Space Systems PULSAR signals generated by a Spirent Communications simulator. This test shows that NovAtel GNSS receivers can track a Spirent simulated L-band signal identical to the PULSAR signal broadcast by Xona’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. The Xona LEO signals will complement GNSS, improving resiliency, security and precision for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT).

Tallysman, u-blox partnership

Tallysman Wireless and u-blox have partnered to develop PointPerfect precise point positioning real-time kinematic augmented smart antennas. The ZED-F9R high precision GNSS and the NEO-D9S L-band receivers from u-blox have been integrated with Tallysman’s technology. The product integration will provide accuracy and precision.

New maritime navigation sensor Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Navy awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a production contract for the new AN/WSN-12 Inertial Sensor Module (ISM). The AN/WSN- 12 ISM is a next-generation sensor that significantly improves maritime navigation in GPS denied environments for surface ships and submarines. The new AN/ WSN-12 ISM is a key component of the U.S. Navy’s AN/WSN-12 Inertial Navigator System (INS), upgrading the Northrop Grumman built AN/WSN- 7 INS.

Carlson Software releases multiapplication tablet and GNSS solution

Carlson Software has released the RT5 rugged tablet data collector and the RTk5GNSS solution, which integrates the form factor of the RT5 with realtime kinematic GNSS performance. The Carlson RT5 is designed for surveying, stake-outs, construction layout and GIS mapping, and is bundled with Carlson SurvPC — the Windows-based data collection program. The RT5 can run SurvPC with Esri OEM for use in the field.

CHC Navigation’s Hybrid GNSS+INS Sensor

The CGI-610 GNSS/INS sensor is an advanced dual-antenna receiver designed for reliable and accurate navigation and positioning in challenging terrestrial, marine or airborne applications. Designed to meet the needs of 3D positioning and autonomous vehicle guidance applications, it provides high performance in urban canyons and other harsh environments where GNSS signals are lost or degraded. Incorporating GNSS technology and an industrial-grade inertial measurement unit, the sensor delivers accurate hybrid position, attitude and velocity data up to 100 Hz, driven by CHC Navigation algorithms.

RIEGL partners with Diamond Aircraft

RIEGL has partnered with Diamond Aircraft Austria since the inception of its Special Mission Aircraft business. It has recently acquired a new test and calibration aircraft, the DA62 SurveySta

After successfully operating one of the very first DA42 GeoStar aircraft for nearly 15 years, RIEGL is now the first Austrian operator to embrace its groundbreaking successor, the DA62 SurveyStar. This achievement highlights the strong collaboration between RIEGL and Diamond Aircraft.

Adtran expands Oscilloquartz PNT platform

Adtran recently added new features to its Oscilloquartz aPNT+ technology suite to better protect critical timing networks. The upgrades include enhancements to the core, edge and access synchronization solutions, adding more protection against GNSS vulnerabilities and cyberattacks for those who operate telecommunications, financial networks, power grids and defense infrastructure, according to a news release. The timing technology leverages more sources of reliable timing and offers new capabilities that detect disturbances and assure vital PNT services.

Collins Aerospace business selected for air traffic management projects

Raytheon Technologies’ Collins Aerospace business has been selected to participate in eight projects under the European Union’s SESAR 3 Joint Undertaking (SESAR 3 JU). A collaboration between European private and public partners, the SESAR 3 JU aims to accelerate the delivery of the Digital European Sky through the development of new technologies to manage conventional aircraft, drones, air taxis and vehicles flying at higher altitudes.

As part of the initiative, Collins will work with the air traffic management value chain, including air navigation service providers, airlines, aircraft OEMs, system providers and academia to help create new innovations in key technology focus areas such as connectivity, U-space, trajectorybased operations, airport solutions, autonomy and data services. It will lead the JARVIS (Just A Rather Very Intelligent System) project that will leverage artificial intelligence-based technologies to increase automation in the flight deck and control tower operations as a way to reduce pilot and operator workload while enhancing safety and security.

Infleqtion unveils the future of resilient navigation

Infleqtion has announced breakthrough progress in advancing the field of quantum navigation by a University Colorado team in work supported by Infleqtion and the National Science Foundation. The team demonstrated the world’s first software-configured, quantumenabled high-performance accelerometer by combining machine learning with quantum sensing. It is designed for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) applications that operate under accelerations up to several tens of times the Earth’s gravity (g). The accelerometer demonstrated a sensor volume reduction of greater than a factor of 10,000 times compared to the current state-of-theart technology.

Predicting disaster and traffic safety management

Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division and Fujitsu Limited have announced the joint development of digital twin applications for predicting and mitigating natural disasters and traffic accidents.

The two companies are developing a prediction model that calculates the extent and impact of flooding from precipitation data, visualizes the extent of flooding and performs damage prediction analysis. Based on the analysis, cities can develop disaster response plans.

Spirent announces SimXona, a Xona Satellite constellation simulator

Spirent Communications has announced SimXona, an industry-first Xona satellite constellation simulator, fully certified by Xona Space Systems.

Xona is developing PULSAR, a commercial positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) service built on a backbone of low Earth orbit (LEO) small satellites. Xona’s patented highpowered smallsat signals will improve PNT resilience and accuracy by augmenting GNSS.

NextNav’s Pinnacle to provide Precision Z-Axis capabilities for 911 calls

NextNav, a leader in next generation GPS, has been selected by a nationwide U.S. carrier to deliver vertical location capabilities for Enhanced 911 via its Pinnacle service. It will enable precise z-axis data – which is increasingly critical for emergency service operations – for 911 calls made on the carrier’s entire device portfolio, expanding the availability of life-saving technology across the US and meeting FCC z-axis / E911 requirements.

BAE Systems unveils NavGuide™ GPS receiver

BAE Systems has unveiled NavGuide™, a next-generation Assured-Positioning, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT) device featuring M-Code GPS technology. It is a field-installable replacement to the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) designed for quick integration into current DAGR mounts and accessories without mission interruption.

The Ohio State University to Establish Trimble Technology Labs

Trimble announced that the Ohio State University will establish two state-of-the-art Trimble Technology Labs for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). The multidisciplinary labs will enhance Ohio State’s teaching, research, and outreach activities in food and agricultural engineering and construction management. The Labs will officially open during Autumn Semester 2023 and will provide students with access to Trimble technology solutions used by professionals in the agriculture, construction, and geospatial industries.

SpacePNT completes integration testing of NaviLEO

SpacePNT and D-Orbit complete integration testing of SpacePNT’s unique NaviLEO GNSS receiver technology onboard ION Orbital Transfer Vehicle (ION SCV011) that is scheduled to be launched from California Vandenberg Space Force Base this month of June 2023.

NaviLEO is a low-cost, high performance multi-GNSS multi-frequency receiver product platform that has been developed by SpacePNT in Switzerland to address the specific requirements of the New Space market, bridging the gap between today’s low-end and high-end GNSS space receiver solutions.


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