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June 18, 2012

DARPA Seeks PNT Robustness, Flexibility with All Source Positioning and Navigation Program

Despite its formative role in supporting development of the Global Positioning System, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been hedging its positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) technology bets for some years as emerging threat scenarios become more sophisticated and widespread.

June 7, 2012

Spirent Launches New Entry-Level Multi-GNSS Simulator

Spirent Communications has announced the launch of its new eight-channel GSS6300M Multi-GNSS simulator designed for integration, verification, and production testing where a quick and accurate functional test is needed.
The platform supports simulation of signals from individual or combined GPS/SBAS, GLONASS, and Galileo constellations with up to 24 channels are supported with 8 channels of simulation per constellation.

June 17, 2012

Trimble Presses FCC for Final LightSquared Ruling

Four months after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) indicated its intention to backtrack on its conditional approval of LightSquared’s terrestrial wireless broadband network, a leading GNSS manufacturer is pressing the agency to finalize its decision.

June 13, 2012

Inside GNSS Columnist Wins Washington D.C. 'Watchdog' Journalism Award

Dee Ann Divis, Inside GNSS’s Washington correspondent¸ was named the winner of the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, D.C., Professional Chapter's highest journalistic award, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award, for her work with the magazine.

June 14, 2012

L-3 IEC Announces First-Ever Successful Gun Firing of Next-Generation M-Code GPS Receiver

L-3 Communications announced today (June 14, 2012) that its Interstate Electronics Corporation (L-3 IEC) business has successfully completed multiple test firings of its next-generation Military Code (M-code) GPS receiver technology.

This milestone represents a significant breakthrough in GPS receiver modernization and validates the unit’s survivability and performance in extreme, guided munitions environments, according to an L-3 IEC news release.

June 14, 2012
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June 1, 2012

Senate Proposal Could Gut Research into GPS-Aided Crash Avoidance

Tied up in the long-running fight over reauthorizing the Highway Trust Fund is funding for a program to develop GPS-enabled crash avoidance technology for vehicles.

May 31, 2012

Air Force Awards Service Support Contract for GPS III SVs

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $68 million contract to provide mission readiness, launch, early orbit checkout, and on-orbit operations engineering support for the first two GPS III space vehicles.

Under the contract, Lockheed Martin will provide technical support to the Air Force’s 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS) and monitor the health and performance of the first two GPS III satellites from launch through their 15-year operational design lives.

New Builds • May 30, 2012

ITT Exelis, GE Naverus Win NextGen RNP Contracts

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced the award of a contract that will help accelerate the development of GNSS-based procedures under the agency’s Next Generation (NextGen) air traffic management program.

New Builds • May 30, 2012

Thales Plans Next Steps in GNSS Technology Evolution

French manufacturer Thales, the only non-U.S. company to offer GPS SAASM (Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module) receivers, is working on next-generation receivers for commercial aviation and military markets that will incorporate new signals and multiple GNSS systems.

Since the late 1990s, the company has delivered between 8,000 and 10,000 avionics installations in military and civil domains, according to Pierre Bouniol, GNSS Products Department manager, including multi-mode GPS receivers in stand-alone and enclosure configurations.

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