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March 29, 2012

Rohde & Schwarz GNSS Simulator Gains P-Code, GLONASS

Rohde & Schwarz, based in Munich, Germany, has launched two extensions to the GNSS simulator in its SMBV100A vector signal generator: GLONASS and GPS P-code capability.

The SMBV100A already had the capability to generate a range of GPS and Galileo civil signals as well as wireless standards, including GSM/EDGE, 3GPP with HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2012

Satellite Development Advances as GPS Survives Budget Cuts, LightSquared

The United States GPS program is without doubt the elder statesman of GNSS, but it has had some close calls recently.

At the 2012 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in March, a high-level Department of Transportation offical and the head of the Air Force GPS Directorate hailed continuing progress on the Global Positioning System's third-generation satellite development and next-generation control segment (OCX), while apparently escaping — relatively unscathed — the dual perils of Congressional budget cuts and LightSquared interference.

Events • March 20, 2012

Watch the Video: Physicists and GPS Expert Debate Results from the Large Hadron Collider

[Updated March 26, 2012] Six experts debatd the exciting - and controversial - claims of faster-than-light neutrinos from physicists who used the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator, in a European experiment that called into question the basics of modern physics.

March 21, 2012

SBIRS Decision Could Undermine Prospects for GPS Dual-Launch

The Air Force is poised to forego putting nuclear detonation detection sensors on the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites, a decision that could complicate efforts to maintain the GPS system by hampering plans to launch multiple, lighter GPS satellites on a single rocket.

Events • March 21, 2012

Register Now for the 2012 GPS Partnership Council at Los Angeles AFB in May

Registration is open for the 2012 GPS Partnership Council meeting at the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, on Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2.  As always, participants can compete in a golf tournament on an optional third day of networking and camaraderie on Wednesday, May 3.

The registration deadline is April 27.

March 20, 2012

Munich Summit Charts Progress of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou GNSSes

Whenever the annual Munich Satellite Navigation Summit came around, some GNSS program was usually in the ascendant, while others had reversed direction or found themselves treading water. This year, perhaps for the first time, all four major providers had reason to celebrate as the event’s organizers cut the cake at their 10th birthday party.

Events • March 20, 2012

NAV12 and the Royal Institute of Navigation Request Your Papers, Please

The British Royal Institute of Navigation has given prospective authors a May 4 deadline for abstracts for its annual conference, NAV12. The theme this year is "GNSS and Beyond."

Authors have a broad choice of navigation and technology topics from GNSS, eLoran and integrated systems technology to satellite navigation vulnerabilities to jamming and space weather to low-cost consumer apps design.

March 19, 2012

Air Force Plans Shift to Fixed-Price Contract for GPS III

As part of an effort to control costs, the U.S. Air Force will be shifting the GPS III program to a fixed-price contract, a Pentagon official told members of a House subcommittee recently.

March 19, 2012

LightSquared Lashes Out at FCC in Last Round of Comments on GPS Interference

In a last-ditch effort to salvage its wireless broadband system from official rejection due to interference to GPS, LightSquared Inc. has filed a lengthy rebuttal to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) notice of its plan to withdraw the agency’s conditional approval of the proposed high-power terrestrial network.

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