Leica Geosystems has been building precision surveying equipment since 1921. When Leica Geosystems acquired the civilian GPS busines of Magnavox in 1994 we joined forces with an engineering team that worked on satellite navigation systems as far back as the 621B project (1960s), the predecessor to the modern Global Positioning System we all know and trust. Our engineers spend their time pushing the limits of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology so you can spend your time focussed on your work. Leica Geosystems is a part of Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and enterprise applications.
Our R&D teams are still as passionate about GNSS technology as they were 45+ years ago. Not long ago at NovAtel Inc. (a part of the Hexagon AB group), NovAtel engineers were finalizing the development of the OEM615 - the smallest dual-constellation/dual-frequency survey-grade receiver ever developed by NovAtel. At the same time, Applications Engineer Andrew Levson was embarking on a passion of his own - wingsuit skydiving. With designs on defining and setting new Canadian records for both distance and formation flying, Andrew thought about ways to train for and confirm these potential records. Naturally, he gravitated towards the technical solution he was most familiar with: GNSS!
Watch Andrew take a test flight.