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January 13, 2012

DoD, DoT Deputy Secretaries Say No Practical Solutions Exist for LightSquared Interference to GPS

The president’s top advisors on navigation policy said today (January 13, 2012) that “no practical solutions or mitigation” would enable a proposed broadband network to co-exist near-term with GPS-based devices, including several systems needed for aviation safety.

Inside GNSS • January/February 2012

New Austerity Squeezes GPS as DoD Tightens Its Belt

Embracing the need for debt-driven discipline, the White House has revised its strategy for the nation’s defense, taking a more fiscally constrained approach that reduces the number of troops and future spending on defense systems.

The new plan, formally announced January 5, was already being put into effect last summer. “The strategic guid­ance was the compass by which we steered the budget review leading to the president’s budget for fiscal year ‘13 and the years thereafter,” Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter told reporters.

January 13, 2012

Raytheon Gets New Contract for GPS OCX Launch and Checkout System

In the latest in a series of GPS modernization contracts, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center has awarded Raytheon Company a $27.4 million contract to develop a GPS Launch and Checkout System (LCS), which will provide early launch and checkout of GPS III satellites starting with the first GPS III launch in 2014.

November 13, 2012 - November 15, 2012
Sydney, Australia
January 12, 2012

USAF Awards Lockheed Additional GPS IIIA Satellite Buy

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $238 million contract for production of the third and fourth satellites in the next-generation GPS constellation, known as GPS III.  The acquisition of the next two GPS IIIA satellites at one time will allow the Lockheed Martin-led team to maximize efficiencies in satellite manufacturing.

October 3, 2012 - October 4, 2012
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June 25, 2012 - June 27, 2012
Starnberg, Bavaria Germany
January 11, 2012

Lockheed Gains GPS III Launch & Checkout Contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $21.5-million contract to provide a launch and checkout capability (LCC) to command and control all GPS III satellites from launch through early on-orbit testing.

Events • January 6, 2012

Going to the Adriatic in May? Submit Your Abstracts for the GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference

This annual seminar on the Croatian Adriatic aims at GNSS experts and
covers the risks and vulnerabilities of the global navigation satellite
systems and efforts to improve accuracy and reliability.

The sixth GNSS Vulnerabilities and Solutions Conference  will take place at Baska on the resort island of Krk in Croatia from May 21 to May 24, 2012.

December 29, 2011

Newly Signed Appropriations Measure Adds Layer of Political Protection for GPS

When President Obama signed the $1 trillion dollar federal appropriations bill just before Christmas, he also inked into law a provision further protecting GPS receivers from interference from the wireless network proposed by LightSquared.

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