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March 10, 2011

"Save Our GPS" Group Forms to Confront LightSquared Transmitter Network

Aroused by the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC’s) waiver of limits on ancillary terrestrial components (ATCs) for LightSquared’s proposed 40,000-transmitter network, representatives from a wide variety of industries and companies announced today (March 10, 2011) formation of the “Coalition to Save Our GPS.”

March 2, 2011

Beihang Authors Suggest TMBOC Design for China's Compass B1 Civil Signal

Despite the fact that China's rapidly developing global navigation satellite system now has seven spacecraft in orbit intermittently broadcasting test signals, it is the only GNSS provider that has not yet published a draft version of its interface control document (ICD), although one has reportedly been completed for more than a year.

Against that background, any new source of information about the directions of the Compass design — official, semi-official, or other — draws special attention.

February 26, 2011

LightSquared, GPS Industry Council Propose Process for Assessing GPS Interference Risks

Attorneys for LightSquared Subsidiary LLC submitted a proposed work plan on Friday (February 25, 2011) for analyzing potential interference to GPS devices. The plan, required by the FCC as a condition of its granting a waiver to its Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) rule for mobile satellite services (MSS), proposes to establish a working group (WG) to study the GPS overload/desensitization.

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February 25, 2011

Russia Introduces New GLONASS Constellation Status Website

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has launched a new version of its Information-Analytical Center (IAC) website, probably the best-known and most-used source for real-time information on the GLONASS constellation.

Currently operating in test mode, the site may be accessed at <http://new.glonass-iac.ru/en/index.php>. Among the new features of the IAC website are an interactive access to the GLONASS ftp-archive (the “Archive” section) and a new section with reference information (the “Guide”).

February 16, 2011

FCC Campaign Goes After GPS and Cell Phone Jammers

The  Enforcement Bureau of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission has announced new efforts to clamp down on the marketing, sale, and use of illegal cell phone and GPS jamming devices.

On February 9, the Bureau released two enforcement advisories and a downloadable poster on cell phone and GPS jamming that warn consumers, manufacturers, and retailers (including online and Web-only companies) that the marketing, sale, or use of such jamming devices is illegal.

Ventures • February 15, 2011

Hemisphere GPS: China OEM Alliance, New GPS Compass Products

Hemisphere GPS has announced an OEM alliance with a Chinese manufacturer of agricultural, construction, and power machinery equipment as well as the release of two compact GPS compass products.

The Calgary, Alberta, Canada–based company’s alliance with YTO Group Corporation, headquartered in Luoyang City, China, is part of Hemisphere GPS’s to expand its operations in the international realm.

New Builds • February 16, 2011

NovAtel Announces SMART-MR15 GNSS Receiver/Antenna/Cellular Modem

NovAtel Inc. has released its new SMART-MR15 product, a dual-frequency receiver/antenna combination with an integrated cellular modem.

February 2, 2011

Germany Officially Opens GATE FACILITY

A ceremony set for Friday (February 4, 2011) will apply an official blessing to the operational status of the German Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE), located in the vicinity of Berchtesgaden in southern Bavaria.

New Builds • January 30, 2011

Spectracom Launches GSG-55 GPS/SBAS Constellation Simulator

Spectracom has announced its new 16-channel GPS constellation simulator, the Pendulum GSG-55.

The latest in the Pendulum line of GPS receiver test instruments, the GSG-55 is able to simulate Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), such as the U.S. Wide Area Augmentation System and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

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