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Ventures • August 31, 2011

2010 USA Challenge Winner to Test Mobile Voting App at ION GNSS in September

The 2011 USA Challenge will give ION GNSS participants a chance to pick their favorite satellite navigation application from this year's contest using eVotz, a mobile voting platform that won the competition last year

August 31, 2011

FCC May Require Further Tests on LightSquared Interference to GPS (or Maybe Not)

[Updated September 2, 2011] Amid White House efforts to keep a lid on the process and congressional hearings on the subject, the controversy surrounding LightSquared’s interference to GPS could compel the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require another round of testing — this time of the wireless broadband company’s lower L-band frequencies.

August 30, 2011

House Science Committee Reschedules LightSquared GPS Interference Hearing

Now that Hurricane Irene and summer vacation have blown over, members of Congress are returning to Washington, D.C., to resume — among other things — addressing the question of LightSquared’s interference to GNSS.

A hearing originally scheduled for August 3 is back on the agenda for the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee and now scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. on September 8.  

August 22, 2011

2SOPS Takes Over IIF-2, Moves to Replace SVN-30 with Spare

Command and control of the second GPS Block IIF satellite has been turned over to the 50th Space Wing's 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOP) at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, today (August 22, 2011).   

The Space and Missile Systems Center's (SMC) GPS Directorate, located at Los Angeles Air Force Base, retained control of the satellite during a 30-day on-orbit checkout period before the hand-off to 2 SOPS.

Events • August 16, 2011

See the USA Challenge 'Final Five' Best Ideas at ION GNSS 2011

Right now, six GNSS experts are poring over the GNSS spplications ideas and location-based services submitted to the 2011 USA Challenge, one of 23 regional contests in the European Satellite Navigation Competition.

August 15, 2011

LightSquared Charges That GPS Receiver Manufacturers "Ignore" DoD Standards

LightSquared has opened a new rhetorical front in its battle with the GPS community over the company’s efforts to convert L-band frequencies into terrestrial wireless broadband services: claiming in an August 11 letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that receiver manufacturers “chose to ignore” Department of Defense (DoD) standards.

In response, the Coalition to Save Our GPS, a group of GPS receiver manufacturers opposed to LightSquared’s plans, called the company's filing an act of "desperation."

August 13, 2011

GPS OCX PDR Still Pending against Backdrop of Defense Cuts

Members of the Advanced Control Segment (OCX) team led by Raytheon Corporation are working through a series of issues that has delayed approval of a recent preliminary design review (PDR) on the key GPS modernization program.

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