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NovAtel Awarded Galileo Contract

NovAtel has been granted a contract by the European Space Agency (ESA) for definition work on Galileo, the proposed European satellite navigation system. The $126,700 contract calls for NovAtel to provide input to ESA on signal validation and receiver development requirements. The company will also review draft Galileo signal specifications and provide feedback on receiver performance, development requirements and cost implications. Working directly with ESA technical management, NovAtel expects that the study will be complete during the next six to eight months. Jointly initiated by the European Union and ESA, the Galileo project aims to launch a series of Medium Earth Orbit satellites in three orbital planes at 20,000 km monitored by a network of ground control stations, to provide world navigation services.


Russia Offers India GLONASS Deal

Russia has offered India joint participation in development of its GLONASS satellite navigation system on an equal basis The Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), which was officially launched in 1993, is a Russian counterpart to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). It fixes the location and speed of surface, sea and air objects to within an accuracy of one meter. Russia and India have been cooperating on use of GLONASS for more than four years


EC confirms funding for GALILEO

The European Commission (EC) said funding for the GALILEO project of radio navigation satellites has been confirmed. Deployment of the satellites, which will complement the GPS system, is scheduled to begin in 2006, with full operation to begin in 2008.


Vessel Focus: Navy Boats

Halter Responds To Venezuelan Navy Needs Halter Marine has answered the call from the Venezuelan Navy for a variety of patrol boats. The company recently delivered four 80 ft. (24.3 m) boats to the country's government, which completes the contract for the design and construction of 12 total vessels in this size range. Designed for high speed operations in coastal and riverine environments, the vessels will be used for a variety of patrolling efforts in Venezuelan territorial waters


Galileo Gets 450M Euros to Proceed

The European Transport Council (i.e. the Transport Ministers of the European Member States), which met in Brussels on March 25-26, has released from the European Community budget the 450 million Euro necessary to launch the Galileo satellite navigation project. The Commission was asked to set up the "Joint Undertaking" (the authority overseeing the management of Galileo's development phase) without delay. Galileo has been stalled for 15 months


Russian GLONASS GPS Designer Fired

The chief designer or Russia’s Glonass satellite navigation system, Yury Urlichich, has been dismissed. The Glonass program has been in the works since the 1970s, but underwent a radical revamp in 2001. The 24 satellites comprising the system were put into orbit by 2010, The program cost 140 billion rubles (US$4.4 billion) to implement, and its budget for 2012-2020 stands at a further 326 billion rubles (US$10 billion).


KVH Wins 4 NMEA Awards Again

For the second year in a row, two communications systems and two navigation products from KVH Industries, Inc. have earned "best product" awards from The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). TracVision 3, a new 1999 system based upon last year's award-winning TracVision II, was voted Best Satellite Television System, and Tracphone 25 was again named Best Satellite Telephone System. The company's new Azimuth GyroTrac was named Best Gyro Compass and the Azimuth 1000 was once again


This Day in Naval History - April 13

From the Navy News Service 1847 - Naval Forces begin a five-day battle to capture several towns in Mexico. 1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces. 1960 - The Navy's navigation satellite, Transit, is placed into orbit from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and demonstrates ability to launch another satellite.


This Day in Naval History – April 13

1847 - Naval Forces begin 5 day battle to capture several towns in Mexico 1861 - Fort Sumter surrenders to Confederate forces 1960 - Navy's navigation satellite, Transit, placed into orbit from Cape Canaveral, FL and demonstrates ability to launch another satellite (Source: Navy News Service)


Honing Skill Of Seafarers Using SATCOM

SATCOM

  Maritime operational effectiveness is to be enhanced globally through the provision of training and certification for seafarers assigned to use advanced satellite communication systems on-board commercial vessels. The initiative, which has been tailored for maritime professionals serving on thousands of commercial vessels at sea, is being led by Seagull Maritime, a Norwegian provider of seafarer training, and GVF


Voyager Navigation Software for German Research Vessel

Global Navigation Solutions (GNS) reported that operators Briese Schiffahrt has chosen to install its Voyager navigation software on Germany’s newest research vessel, RV Sonne.    Sonne will carry the GNS Voyager Package 3, which provides the crew with route planning capability


New Satcom Solution from Harris CapRock

Harris CapRock Communications has launched Harris CapRock One, a unified, fully managed satellite, wireless and terrestrial connectivity service designed to reduce customers’ voice, data and equipment management costs.   Harris CapRock One is an integrated end-to-end service that


SpeedCast Acquires Geolink Satellite Services

SpeedCast International Limited announced the acquisition of Geolink Satellite Services, part of the CETel Group. The closing of the transaction is subject to regulatory approval.   The acquisition follows SpeedCast’s acquisitions of two satellite industry players


Great Lakes Shipping Worries about Tough Spring

Image: Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA)

 Ice conditions have been causing concern for Great Lakes shipping industry. The satellite images show that the Great Lakes once again almost entirely covered in ice.   Duluth News Tribune reports that the ice is causing worry in the Great Lakes shipping industry about the prospects of


Enhanced VoIP Service for Mini-VSAT Broadband Network

Photo courtesy: KVH I

KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI) has rolled out a new dedicated voice configuration for its mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) global maritime satellite network. The network's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service is now delivered on a prioritized and protected data stream


Orbit to Supply VSAT Systems to Asian Navy

Image: ORBIT Communication Systems

ORBIT Communication Systems Ltd., a  provider of mission-critical communication solutions for land, sea and air platforms, has received an order to supply its new OceanTRx4 maritime satellite communication systems to an Asian Navy. 


Intelsat, Kymeta Enter Satellite Tech Partnership

 An Intelsat satellite (Photo courtesy of Intelsat)

Intelsat S.A. and Kymeta Corporation today announced an agreement to design and produce flat, electronically steerable, Ku-band satellite antenna solutions for the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite (HTS) platform. The first Intelsat EpicNG satellite is expected to launch in late 2015.


Fugawi Debuts Quilted Charts

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  Industry leading online chart service Fugawi X-Traverse, announced today that in coordination with GPSNavXTM and its app, iNavX, the availability of quilted raster charts for the navigation app’s most recent version. One of the most established marine navigation apps on the Apple iOS


New Communication System for Canadian Ferries

Ferry Blue Putees from Marine Atlantic Inc

Marine Atlantic Inc. (MAI) selected Imtech Marine Canada to replace its ship to shore wireless communication system. Given a short timeframe, installation took place in just three weeks. Owned by the Canadian government, Marine Atlantic Inc


Odfjell to Implement Fleetwide e-Navigation

Photo: NAVTOR

Odfjell will roll out NAVTOR e-navigation solutions throughout its entire fleet, a move that aims to increase operational efficiency while reducing the number of man-hours spent on administration across the ship owner’s 50 deep-sea vessels.  


Maritime Security Top Priority for Nigeria

Goodluck Jonathan in Facebook

 Nigerian maritime industry has hailed President Goodluck Jonathan over what they called the "giant strides" he has made in the sector and lauded him for the steps it has taken to tackle the challenges.  The Legal Adviser/General Secretary, MWN, Mr


Fugro Launches G4 Service

Photo by Fugro

  Fugro has further extended its technology leadership in the field of GNSS augmentation systems for offshore positioning applications with the launch of its G4 service. The new satellite correction service is the first to take advantage of all four GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite


P&O Ferries, MTN Transform Sea Travel Communications

Photo courtesy of P&O Ferries

P&O Ferries and MTN Communications (MTN) announce the delivery of high-performance Internet connectivity and access to online content through the first Wi-Fi hot spot on the English Channel.   This service is now live on the English Channel on ferries serving the P&O Ferries


Kalmar Completes AGV Project at PSA Singapore

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  Kalmar, part of Cargotec, has successfully completed the project to supply the onboard navigation application for four automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to PSA Singapore.  The initiative is part of PSA's strategic investment in automation technologies to enhance its premier status as


L-S MSI to Exhibit at Cruise Shipping Miami

Photo courtesy of L-3 MSI

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) will showcase a range of systems and services for cruise ship operations, including automation, integrated navigation, dynamic positioning, onboard entertainment and drive systems, in Hall C, Stand 1931, at Cruise Shipping Miami, March 16-19.






 
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