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November 9, 2010

Goodbye, GPS Wing; Hello, GPS Directorate

The U.S. Air Force will inactivate its GPS Wing at Los Angeles Air Force Base on Wednesday (November 10) and replace it with the Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

Reflecting mostly the taxonomy and naming conventions of military commands and organization, the new designation is expected to bring little change in the new organization’s leadership or scope of responsibilities, although the organization will no longer have headquarters status. Air Force Groups will become Divisions and Squadrons, Branches.

March 1, 2011 - March 3, 2011
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November 5, 2010

LMCO Ships GPS III Simulator to Aerospace Corporation, Maintains Program Schedule Lead

The Aerospace Corporation has completed acceptance testing on the GPS III Bus Real Time Simulator (BRTS) from the Lockheed Martin–led team developing the next-generation satellite program, keeping the initiative ahead of schedule.

The BRTS is a specialized piece of test equipment designed to reduce risk and ensure overall mission success for the lifecycle of the GPS III program. The simulator will enable Aerospace Corporation to independently validate GPS III bus flight software for the U.S. Air Force.

November 3, 2010

GPS Outages, Bad Receivers, System Architecture on Agenda for Space-Based PNT Advisory Board

The U.S. Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Executive Committee (ExCom) has issued a new set of tasks that it wants its advisory board to take up over the next 14 months with topics including civil and commercial GPS receivers that don’t comply with technical specifications, a national PNT architecture plan, and the effects of PNT outages particularly on the nations cyber networks.

November 21, 2010 - November 22, 2010
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October 30, 2010

ABI Research: Mobile Phone GPS Navigation Grows Substantially But PNDs Still on Top

ABI Research says that a recent survey revealed that, although portable navigation devices (PNDs) remain the most used form factor, the number of mobile phones with navigation software in the car is growing substantially in the United States, up to 24 percent this year from 19 percent in 2009.

October 12, 2010

OlinkStar Offers GNSS Products Using Current Compass/Beidou-2 Signals

Despite the absence of official published specifications for China’s Compass/Beidou-2, a number of GNSS companies have announced plans to build Compass-capable receivers — in some cases “future-proofing” their products so as to be upgradeable when a Beidou-2 Interface Control Document becomes available.

Ventures • October 11, 2010

Trimble Acquires Terralite Line from Novariant

Trimble has acquired the Terralite assets from Novariant, Inc., to expand the Sunnyvale, California–based company's portfolio of positioning solutions.

October 4, 2010

GAO on GPS (Again): Challenges in Sustaining and Upgrading Capabilities Persist

A new report on the GPS program from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds the situation considerably improved from last year, when its prediction of a significant risk of the satellite constellation falling below 24 satellites set off alarms in Congress and among the user community.

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