April 15, 2016

[SIGNALS exclusive] The European Union (EU) has reached a deal with the British Ministry of Defense resolving a patent issue that could have limited the adoption of signals from the EU's Galileo satellite navigation constellation.
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NASA scientists, using GPS data collected from the space agency's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite, have concluded that shifts in geographic polar motion stem from changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) and the global cryosphere (the frozen water part of the Earth system). (more)  
u-blox addresses the demand for lower priced high precision technology ideal for UAVs and guidance robotics. The demand for lower-priced, high-precision technology is growing rapidly, as evident in the areas of precision agriculture, UAVs, and robotic lawnmowers. However, due to size, power, and cost restrictions, existing high precision solutions have been unable to meet the demands of these markets.
The Pentagon is executing a technology offset strategy designed to recapture some of the military advantage conveyed by America's innovation edge. (more)
EU Approves New Rule on Personal Data Protection, including Geolocation
The European Parliament has approved new rules on personal data - including geolocation - that create a high, uniform level of data protection across the European Union.  The measure also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes. (more)
Imagine the impact of a low-cost true north gyrocompass navigation solution on small ROVs and AUVs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University tested a commercial KVH inertial measurement unit, and found results both promising and directly applicable to static instrument deployment. Read the paper on the experiment, and discover KVH's new GEO-FOG 3D inertial navigation system which includes a built-in north-seeking algorithm.
Raytheon Corporation announced today (April 12, 2016) that the company successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the Next Generation GPS Operational Control System (OCX) on March 4. (more)
With little fanfare or prior announcement, China launched another second-generation BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) satellite on March 29, the 22nd in the nation's GNSS program. (more)
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