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Ventures • August 24, 2015

U.S. Army Adopts PreTalen PANACEA for GPS Receiver Testing

The U.S. Army has adopted PreTalen Ltd’s PANACEA as its principal test asset supporting the Army’s positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) System of Systems Architecture (SoSA) testing of GPS receivers.

August 31, 2015

Pair of Galileo Satellites, GPS Block IIF Approach Launch Date

Europe’s latest Galileo satellites are fully fueled and ready to be attached to the upper stage of the Soyuz rocket that will carry them into space next month.
Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are due to launch at 04:08 GMT on September 11 (02:08 CEST; 11:08 p.m. local time, September 10) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

August 31, 2015

LightSquared Launches New GPS Receiver Tests

LightSquared’s proposed GPS receiver tests are relying on an outdated standard of GPS accuracy, a choice some experts suggest is a maneuver aimed at dramatically lowering the bar the would-be wireless broadband company has to meet for showing noninterference to GPS signals.

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August 19, 2015

Federal Agencies Move to Close Most NDGPS Sites

A Federal Register notice published yesterday (August 18, 2015) seeking comment on plans to shut down a large portion of the Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) network marks the effective end of a program that spurred a hard-fought controversy in the era of Selective Availability (SA).

New Builds • August 16, 2015

ComNav Wins GNSS Receivers Tender in China National CORS Project

ComNav Technology Ltd. has won a competition to supply GNSS receivers for construction of China’s National Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) Network.

New Builds • August 17, 2015

Rohde & Schwarz Introduces Fast GNSS Production Tester

Rohde & Schwarz has launched a fast GNSS production tester for its R&S SMBV100A GNSS simulator. The production tester supports the GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo satellite systems and includes additional test functions for characterizing GNSS chipsets and modules.

August 17, 2015

Ultra-wideband Re-emerges as a GNSS Interference Issue

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is weighing a request to waive spectrum rules for a new ultra-wideband (UWB) device that would operate across a wide swath of frequencies including those used by satellite navigation. The proposal has prompted a call for a wider reconsideration of ultra-wideband limits, a suggestion opposed by the GPS community.

August 17, 2015

Appropriations Impasse Could Stall U.S. GPS Programs

The federal government is once again approaching the end of its fiscal year without the appropriations necessary to keep the doors open come October 1 — a reality that could undermine GPS modernization and related programs.

Congress, now in the midst of its August recess, will have just 12 days to sort things out when members return after Labor Day. Under the best of circumstances, lawmakers would almost certainly need to pass a continuing resolution (CR) to extend current spending levels and buy themselves time to hammer out budgetary deals.

August 13, 2015

Most Railroads Will Miss Deadline for Implementing GPS-Aided Positive Train Control

Only a small percentage of railroads are expected to obtain system certification and complete implementation of GPS-aided positive train control (PTC) systems by the current deadline at the end of this year, according to a recent report to Congress by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

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