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February 28, 2014

NIST Plans GPS Cybersecurity Research

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is building a new lab that will support work on securing the use of GPS signals.

“We are currently standing up a smart grid cybersecurity test lab, and one of our future research cases for later in this year or early next year, depending on when we finish building this lab, is GPS security,” said Victoria Pillitteri, an advisor for information system security at NIST, which is under the U.S. Department of Commerce.

February 28, 2014

Change in GPS IIR/IIR-M Satellite Battery Charging Will Extend Mission Life

Modifications in the battery charging protocol of on-orbit GPS satellites are expected to substantially extend the mission life of the spacecraft — a particularly timely development as technical and financial difficulties have raised doubts about keeping the system’s next-generation Block III satellites on schedule for launch readiness.

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February 21, 2014

GPS IIF-5 Heads for Orbit

The U. S. Air Force successfully launched the fifth GPS Block IIF satellite yesterday evening (February 20) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

February 20, 2014

Proposed FCC E911 Rule Would Strengthen Indoor Location Accuracy Requirement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today (February 20, 2014) proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless callers reporting emergencies.

February 14, 2014

House Committee Moves to Block Loran-C Teardowns

Lawmakers overseeing the Coast Guard approved language this week that would stop the agency from dismantling facilities needed for eLoran, a proposed system that has gained wide support as a backup in case GPS signals are jammed, blocked, spoofed, or otherwise rendered unusable.

In “markups” or adjustments to language in the FY 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill, a House transportation subcommittee proposes to halt the tearing down of stations in the Coast Guard’s old Loran-C navigation system, which was turned off in 2010.

New Builds • February 11, 2014

Spirent Launches SimSAFE to Address GNSS Signal Vulnerability

Spirent Communications today (February 11, 2014) announced the introduction of Spirent
SimSAFE, a software solution that concurrently simulates legitimate GNSS
constellations and spoofed or hoax signals to evaluate receiver 
resilience and help develop counter-measures.

Spirent developed
the software in conjunction with Qascom. Based in Bassano del
Grappa, Italy, Qascom offers services and solutions for GNSS signal
security and authentication.

February 7, 2014

NextGen Costs Could Triple as Project Completion Slips Years

The cost for the nation’s new air traffic control system could triple to $120 billion and require an additional decade to finish, the government’s top transportation watchdog told lawmakers this week.

February 3, 2014

DoT Moves Ahead with V2V Plans for Smart Cars

The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DoT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today (February 3, 2014) that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles.

This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to "talk" to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, 10 times per second.

January 31, 2014

Congress, FCC Moves Close Out Options for LightSquared

The prospects for LightSquared dimmed this month with both the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Congress making decisions likely to hamper the firm’s plans to exit bankruptcy.

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