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Inside GNSS • September/October 2013

Cooperative GNSS Authentication

During the past two decades, the Global Positioning System, together with other GNSSes, has become an essential element of the global information infrastructure, with myriad applications in almost every facets of modern businesses and lifestyles, including communication, energy distribution, finance and insurance, and transportation. Ever-growing dependence on GNSS creates strong incentives to attack civil GNSS, for either an illegitimate advantage or a terrorism purpose.

Inside GNSS • September/October 2013

What’s Next for Practical Ubiquitous Navigation?

Navigation — if you are reading this magazine, you almost certainly have some level of interest in navigation technology, which has seen an incredible explosion in use within many different fields.

August 15, 2013

NAVAIR Tests GPS Anti-Jam Antennas for Use on Small UAVs

Recent tests of GPS anti-jam antennas on small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at a Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) facility at Patuxent River, Maryland, showed encouraging results for preventing interruption of mission-critical data.

August 14, 2013

European Commission to Monitor GNSS Patents Worldwide

With a key Galileo patent dispute now set to enter its third year the European Union (EU) is moving to monitor GNSS patents around the world — a move that should give it insight into the competitiveness of European positioning, navigation, and technology (PNT) companies and a heads-up about future intellectual property (IP) issues.

August 14, 2013

Homeland Security Opens New Round of Small UAS Evaluations

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will soon be taking new applications for its unmanned aircraft assessment program — a project that gives potential government customers at local, state, and federal levels an impartial evaluation of the strengths and costs of different systems.

August 14, 2013

State Officials Argue at AUVSI for Ban on Warrantless UAV Surveillance

Three key associations of state officials are recommending that states pass legislation banning the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance unless the person being tracked has given permission or a warrant has been issued.

The associations also recommended banning UAVs from carrying weapons and emphasizing in state laws that both UAVs and their smaller cousins, model aircraft, be operated in ways that do not “present a nuisance to people or property.”

August 10, 2013

LightSquared Investors Sue GPS Industry

[Updated August 15, 2013] Investors led by Harbinger Capital Partners have filed a $1.9 billion lawsuit against a trio of GPS receiver manufacturers  over LightSquared, a now bankrupt firm that still hopes to build a wireless broadband network across the United States.

August 7, 2013

Naval Observatory Rebuts Wall Street Journal Comments on Navy, Air Force Dispute over DoD Time-Keeping Role

A series of assertions in a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article regarding putative dissension between the Air Force and Navy over responsibilities for precise timing — a key element in GPS operations — has drawn a pointed rebuttal from the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory (USNO).

July 31, 2013

Exit Interview: GPS Directorate’s Col. Bernie Gruber

Last month, USAF Col. Bernard Gruber stepped down after three years of running the Global Positioning Systems Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

The GPS Directorate, originally established in 1974 as the NAVSTAR GPS Joint Program Office, is responsible for development, acquisition, fielding and sustainment of all GPS space segments: the modernized operational control segment (OCX), the next-generation GPS III satellites, and modernized GPS user equipment (MGUE).

July 30, 2013

FAA Approves Two UAS Type Certificates

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued restricted category type certificates to a pair of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), a milestone that will lead to the first approved commercial UAS operations later this summer.

Issuing the type certificates is an important step toward the FAA’s goal of integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.  FAA officials announced the action last Friday (July 26, 2013).

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