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Inside GNSS • July/August 2015

Officials Delay First GNSS Authorization Request; Light-Squared Tries to Leverage Issue

The U.S. stance on satellite navigation has long supported international cooperation and a degree of interoperability. In 2010 the Obama administration even adopted a space policy that said foreign satnav services could be used “to augment and strengthen the resiliency of GPS.”

That was easier in the abstract, however, when the only fully functional GNSS was GPS. Now, with other GNSS services coming online, American officials want to think things through again.

July 15, 2015

10th GPS IIF Satellite on Its Way to Orbit

The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 10th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V from Cape Canaveral Air Force Stations today (July 15, 2015).

The spacecraft is destined for plane C/slot 3 of the GPS constellation

The launch almost coincided with Friday's 20th anniversary of the declaration of full operational capability (FOC) for the GPS constellation, which occurred on July 17, 1995.

Just two GPS IIF satellites remain to be launched — Atlas V rockets will be used to launch both.

New Builds • July 14, 2015

New PRS-Capable GNSS Receiver Platform from QinetiQ

British manufacturer QinetiQ has today (July 14, 2015) announced its progress in developing a GNSS navigation receiver that can process encrypted Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) signals.
The multi‑constellation, multi‑frequency receiver is a significant step in the company’s GNSS technology development, says QinetiQ, which expects to bring to market by 2020 end-user products for navigation, tracking, and timing based on the new receiver design. That timeline parallel’s the Galileo program’s current schedule for completing its satellite constellation.

July 10, 2015

GPS Directorate Gains New Leader

Colonel Steve Whitney was sworn in Wednesday (July 8, 2015) as the director of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California.

August 24, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Moscow, Russia
September 14, 2015 - September 15, 2015
Tampa, Florida
Ventures • July 8, 2015

Canadian Army to Test NovAtel’s GAJT-AE GPS Anti-Jam Antenna Electronics

NovAtel, Inc., has announced that Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has selected its GAJT-AE antenna electronics for testing on Canadian Army platforms.
The GAJT-AE, developed in Calgary at NovAtel's global headquarters, is a GPS anti-jam solution designed for small and weight-constrained applications. The testing is being conducted through PWGSC's Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).
PWGSC will procure a number of GAJT-AE’s on behalf of the Department of National Defence (DND).

Ventures • July 8, 2015

Forsberg Partners with NavtechGPS on Raven Product Line

Forsberg Services Ltd., which acquired the StarLink product line from Raven Industries in April, has announced its decision to partner with NavtechGPS to distribute the StarLink line, which includes in-line amplifiers, coaxial down/up converters, splitters, and fiber-optic link systems.

November 1, 2015 - November 6, 2015
Boulder, Colorado USA
October 13, 2015 - October 16, 2015
Banff, Alberta, Canada
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