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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.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2012

The GPS Dot and its Discontents

Over the last few years, several of us in the GNSS community have done our best to convince our colleagues, policymakers, and the general public that unsavory characters with GNSS jammers or spoofers are a genuine threat to GNSS and an orderly society.

"But who would want to use a jammer or spoofer?” people ask.

My response? Hackers, because they can. Thieves planning to snatch expensive cargo. A moonlighting employee in the company car. Worse yet, state actors or terrorists targeting our national infrastructure.

March 12, 2012

Air Force Space Command Head Supports GPS Spectrum Needs at House Subcommittee Hearing

U.S. Air Force Gen. William Shelton , commander of the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), told a recent House Armed Services subcommittee hearing that the LightSquared controversy at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) underlined the need to protect GPS spectrum “Whether it is by policy within the FCC or whether that is by legislation. . . “

Shelton’s comments came during March 8 testimony on the Fiscal Year 2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for National Security Space Activities before the Strategic Forces Subcommittee.

March 12, 2012

Polaris Wireless Names Per Enge as Tech Advisor

Stanford University professor and GNSS expert Per Enge has been named chief technical advisor of Polaris Wireless, a Mountain View, California–based provider of software-based wireless positioning.

According to Polaris Wireless, Enge, director of Stanford’s GPS Research Laboratory, will leverage his experience in technology and academic fields “to provide strategic guidance regarding location technology, intellectual property, and research partnerships with universities and other technology vendors.” He will report to the company’s CEO, Manlio Allegra.

Events • March 7, 2012

Going to Nashville in September? Submit your ION GNSS 2012 Abstracts by March 9

Join the 250 other technical presenters at this year's Institute of Navigation GNSS conference and submit your abstract by Friday, March 9.

The U.S. Institute of Navigation sponsors the world's oldest and largest conference on global navigation satellite systems. ION GNSS 2012 will take place next September 17 through 21 at the Nashville Convention Center in Tennessee. Tutorials and the CGSIC meeting will take place on September 17 and 18.

March 13, 2012
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February 29, 2012

U.S. House Committee Leaders Request Information on LightSquared and GPS Interference

Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee have requested additional information regarding the procedures followed by federal agencies in the interference dispute between LightSquared and GPS.

The inquiry also asks about the government plans to develop GPS receiver standards that would prevent interference from “future deployment of terrestrial service in spectrum near or adjacent to the GPS bands.”

March 1, 2012

GPS Program Budget: A Lot, But Is It Enough?

The details of President Obama’s 2013 budget have been gradually filtering out and, in general, the GPS system and those programs closely linked to satellite navigation, have escaped deep cuts.

On the hardware side the White House has requested $58.2 for GPS IIF satellite procurement. According to Air Force budget documents, the plan is to then wrap up the total IIF procurement of 12 satellites with a request for $77.6 million in FY14 and $7.3 million in FY15.

New Builds • February 23, 2012

IFEN and WORK Microwave Introduce Enhanced NavX-NCS GNSS Simulator

IFEN, the Poing, Germany–based manufacturer of GNSS navigation products and services, working in partnership with WORK Microwave, have announced an enhanced version of IFEN’s NavX-NCS Professional, a multi-frequency GNSS simulator.

Optimized for research and development of GNSS safety and professional applications, the enhanced version of the NavX-NCS Professional incorporate the following key features:

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