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August 29, 2014

DoT Plan for GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Study to Get Airing

A Department of Transportation (DoT) plan that would establish limits on the power of transmissions from bands adjacent to GPS and other GNSS services will get its first hearing at a September 18 meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

August 22, 2014

GNSS Charts Drought-Driven Tectonic ‘Uplift’ in Western U.S.

Precise GNSS measurements have revealed that the severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is changing the landscape well beyond localized effects of water restrictions and browning lawns, according to scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California at San Diego.

August 22, 2014

NovAtel Introduces an IMU Option for SPAN GNSS/INS Products That Can Travel

NovAtel Inc. has announced the addition of the IMU-ISA-100C as an inertial measurement Unit (IMU) option for its SPAN GNSS+INS line of positioning products.

According to the company, the IMU-ISA-100C is a high-performance, near–navigation-grade IMU that provides a solution for platform stabilization, general purpose navigation, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and ground mobile mapping applications.

August 18, 2014

Despite Congressional Support, 2015 GPS Budget Drops

Members of Congress mapped out some rare common ground with both House and the Senate appropriators agreeing to not only fully fund nearly all elements of the GPS program next fiscal year but to add tens of millions to restore cutbacks in the procurement schedule for GPS III.

August 18, 2014

Digital Nav Payload Emerges as Factor in GPS III Re-Bid

The advantages of a digital navigation payload, a technology singled out by both the House and Senate for $20 million worth of research support, appears to be a key factor in the Air Force’s search for a new GPS III contractor.

The digital payload “is a direct complement to the Production Readiness Alternate Sources Sought released in June,” Air Force officials said in an emailed response to questions about the technology and how it fits into the ongoing search for new GPS III suppliers.

August 15, 2014

General Hyten Takes Command of AFSPC

General John E. Hyten became the 16th commander of Air Force Space Command, in a change-of-command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado today (August 15, 2014), replacing General William L. Shelton.

General Mark A. Welsh III, Air Force Chief of Staff, presided over the ceremony.

August 15, 2014

Schools Square Off to Serve as FAA’s New UAS Center of Excellence.

Universities must declare by August 22 if they will seek to lead a new federal research effort on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a contest that is expected to be fiercely competitive despite the low level of funding guaranteed for the program so far.

August 15, 2014

DoT Sets Workshop on GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) will host a workshop on September 18 to discuss implementation of a GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility (ABC) Assessment initiative.

August 2, 2014

GPS IIF-7 Successfully Launched

[Updated August 4, 2014] The U.S. Air Force launched the seventh GPS Block IIF satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on August 1, 2014, at 11:23 p.m. EDT.

According to the USAF 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS), the satellite (also designated as SVN-68/PRN-9), will replace SVN-43 in the GPS orbital plane F, slot 3 (F3). (The pseudorandom noise code assigned to SVN-68 is not PRN-03 as previously reported. PRN-03 is currently planned for use aboard IIF-8/SVN-69, tentatively scheduled to launch October 29, 2014.) 

July 29, 2014

GPS Directorate to Hold Public Forum for Feedback on GPS Technical Specifications

The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate will host an open public forum on August 22 for the following NAVSTAR GPS public documents: IS-GPS-200 (Navigation User Interfaces), IS-GPS-705 (User Segment L5 Interfaces), IS-GPS-800 (User Segment L1C Interface), and ICD-GPS-870 (Navstar Next Generation GPS Operational Control Segment [OCX] to User Support Community Interfaces).

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