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June 16, 2011

LightSquared Gets Two-Week Extension on GPS Interference Report; Congressman Calls on FCC to Rescind Waiver

With test results and congressional sentiment running against it, LightSquared has received a two-week extension for filing its report and recommendations, due to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) yesterday (June 15, 2011), on likely interference to the GPS L1 band.

Meanwhile, a congressional critic of LightSquared's effort to roll out a 4G/LTE broadband cellular service adjacent to the GPS frequency has called on the agency to rescind its waiver of limits on the company's plans to build a high-powered national network of terrestrial transmitters.

June 15, 2011

Completion of Satellite Repositioning Optimizes GPS Constellation

Successful  completion today (June 15, 2011) of the rephrasing of the GPS constellation known as “Expandable 24,” has produced the most optimal geometry in the system’s 42-year history, maximizing GPS coverage for all users worldwide.

The 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) of the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, successfully executed the two-phase expansion and repositioning of satellites, which improves global GPS coverage and provides a more robust signal and higher probability of signal acquisition in terrain-challenged environments.

June 14, 2011

Lockheed Space Systems Reduces Workforce

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, which is developing the GPS IIIA generation of satellites,
announced today (June 14, 2011) a 7.5 percent reduction in its
workforce designed to “address affordability” and improve the company’s
“competitive posture.”

New Builds • June 13, 2011

Accord Launches Two New GNSS Chips

Accord Software and Systems Pvt. Ltd., of Bangalore, India, has announced two new GNSS chips, a system-on-a-chip (SOC) with GPS and integrated peripherals and a GPS/Galileo-comopatible RF front-end chip.

June 9, 2011

Hemisphere GPS Announces LX-2 L-Band OEM Board for Crescent and Eclipse GPS Receivers

Hemisphere GPS has introduced its LX-2, a second-generation L-band differential GPS OEM receiver board.

New Builds • June 9, 2011

Bliley Launches New GPS Frequency and Timing Modules

Bliley Technologies, Inc., has unveiled two GPS frequency and timing modules at the 2011 IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium taking place this week (June 5–10, 2011) in Baltimore, Maryland.

The company’s GMX1001 and GMM1002 modules launch a new product line for the company — introducing the first in a series of next-generation technologies for the Erie, Pennsylvania–based company.

June 8, 2011

LightSquared GPS Interference Controversy Headlines National PNT Advisory Board Meeting

Representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), LightSquared, and Trimble will weigh in on the GPS vs. LightSquared interference at the afternoon session of a National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board meeting tomorrow (June 9, 2011).

June 7, 2011

Genachowski Defends FCC Role in LightSquared, GPS Interference Controversy in Letter to Senator

A belated response from Julius Genachowski, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman to Republican Senator Charles Grassley’s request for documents surrounding the LightSquared effort to broadcast near the GPS L1 band appears unlike to satisfy either Grassley or the GPS community.

New Builds • June 5, 2011

Qualcomm Adds GLONASS Capability to Chipsets

Qualcomm Incorporated has announced the company’s product support for the Russian GLONASS satellite system to enable the use of both GPS and GLONASS networks simultaneously for improved location performance.

The first GLONASS-capable phone is the MTS 945 from Chinese phone manufacturer ZTE developed with Russian chipset manufacturer AFK Sistema and powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon MSM7x30 chipset.

June 2, 2011

Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski: First Woman to Assume Command of SMC, Home of GPS Directorate

On Friday (June 3, 2011), Lt. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski will assume command of the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, where the GPS Directorate is located along with other space-related program offices.

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