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Inside GNSS • September/October 2015

New Fiscal Year Begins with Unfinished GPS Business

Most folks look to a new year as an opportunity for fresh starts and new projects. For the GPS community, however, the October 1 start of the 2016 federal fiscal year (FY16) will likely be more about the hangover — that is, the issues that are hanging over into the next 12 months, unresolved.

At the top of that list of unfinished business are two system decisions: a go/no-go determination on whether the United States will build eLoran as the U.S. backup to GPS and deciding whether or not to choose a new contractor for the GPS III program.

October 8, 2015
Bangalore, India
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 02:08 GMT on September 11 (04:08 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LightSquared’s proposed GPS receiver tests are relying on an outdated standard of GPS accuracy, a choice some experts suggest is a maneuver aimed at dramatically lowering the bar the would-be wireless broadband company has to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.

January 25, 2016 - January 28, 2016
Monterey California USA
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.

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