November 14, 2014

Most Tariffs on GPS Equipment Could Soon disappear

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Tariffs on GPS devices in more than 70 countries could disappear in a matter of months now that the U.S. and China have worked through an impasse on expanding the Information Technology Agreement (ITA). Organized through the World Trade Organization, the ITA requires participants to zero-out tariffs on a mutually agreed upon set of products. The ITA countries, which together generate 97 percent of the world's trade, have been negotiating for the last three years to expand the list of no-tariff goods - a list that has not been updated since 1996 when the initial deal was set. (more)


Future-Proof Advanced GPS/GNSS Signal Simulators with Lowest Cost of Ownership

Spectracom Multi-Channel, Multi-Frequency Advanced GPS/GNSS Signal Simulators for development and manufacturing are easy to use, powerful, and affordable. Now featuring expanded capabilities and a flexible, upgradeable design that allows you to select only the features you need for your specific application today, upgrade when necessary. Learn more. 

First GPS III Launch Slips to FY17

[SIGNALS Exclusive] The launch of the first GPS III satellite could slip to as late as March 2017, further delaying a modernization program that already has been pushed back repeatedly by budget cuts and technical problems. "The first GPS III launch is tentatively considered for the first half of FY17, based on booster availability and Air Force launch priorities," a spokesman for the Space and Missile Systems Center told Inside GNSS. (more)


5 Critical Performance Factors to Know When Choosing a Gyro or IMU  

Designers and engineers need to compare the attributes of various gyro technologies to determine which sensors offer the required performance parameters. The valuable information in this guide compares gyro and inertial measurement technologies of both fiber optic gyros (FOGs) and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) using five distinct critical performance areas of industrial and tactical grade gyros.
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Topcon Engineers Track New GLONASS Signal

Topcon Positioning Group has announced that its latest GNSS reference receiver has tracked a new signal from the GLONASS constellation. The GLONASS-M 55 satellite was launched in June and is equipped with an experimental payload capable of transmitting CDMA signals in the Russian GNSS system's L3 frequency band centered at 1202.025 MHz. According to the company, Topcon engineers successfully tracked the signal using the NET-G5 receiver during a series of recent tests at the Topcon Technology Center in Moscow, Russia. (more)

ESA Will Attempt to Improve Orbits of Errant Galileo Satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced plans today (November 10, 2014) to implement a series of maneuvers to reposition one of two Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellites left in the wrong orbit this summer, as a prelude to its health being confirmed. (more)

Inside GNSS, Inside Unmanned Systems Cited for Editorial Excellence

Folio has named two issues of Inside GNSS and Inside Unmanned Systems magazines as finalists for its 2014 Eddie and Ozzie awards for editorial and design excellence. (more)

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