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February 15, 2018

The Federal Budget is Confusing, but GPS Appears OK - for Now

Congress is in the midst of a confusing multi-budget-year scramble to fund the government for fiscal year 2018 - which is now nearly half over - while taking into account additional monies made available in a budget deal signed February 9 and keeping an eye on the deficit ballooning from that deal and under the FY19 White House budget submitted February 12.

February 15, 2018

$10B Contest Starts for GPS IIIF Contract

Air Force Space Command released its request for proposals (RFP) Tuesday in a winner-take-all contest to build $10 billion of new GPS III satellites.

The entire procurement deal for 22 spacecraft will go to a single bidder, the Air Force Space Command confirmed in its February 13 announcement - something they were already leaning toward last year as a cost-saving measure.

February 15, 2018

China Launches 2 More BeiDou Satellites into Space

Earlier this week, China launched a pair of BeiDou-3 satellites that will add to the country’s BeiDou-3 navigation constellation. To ensure the stability of the services, China continues to build and improve the domestically developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.

February 13, 2018

GPS III Request for Proposals Released

After repeated delays the Air Force Space Command released its request for proposals (RFP) in a winner-take-all contest to build 22 new GPS III satellites.

February 13, 2018

Tesla Car Launched into Space…Without LiDAR

When the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., last week, it carried CEO Elon Musk's red Tesla Roadster into orbit to test heavier payloads.

While Musk's other company, Tesla, is at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development, chances are the orbited car didn't have LiDAR, or Light Detection and Ranging, sensors onboard.

February 7, 2018

ION Announces Annual Award Winners at ITM/PTTI

The Institute of Navigation (ION) presented its Annual Awards during the ION International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval Systems and Applications (PTTI) meeting in Reston, Virginia, January 29 to February 1, 2018. The ION Annual Awards Program is sponsored by ION to recognize individuals making significant contributions or demonstrating outstanding performance relating to the art and science of navigation.

January 31, 2018

New Report Recommends British GNSS Protections, Efforts May Soon Surpass Those in U.S.

Experts who studied GNSS vulnerabilities for the British government recommended GNSS receiver standards, the possible banning of jammers and the establishment of a terrestrial backup in case satellite navigation is disrupted.

Their January 30 report Satellite-derived Time and Position: A Study of Critical Dependencies, looks sector by sector at how signals from global satellite navigation systems have become integrated into the United Kingdom's essential underpinnings.

January 30, 2018

ION's Annual ITM/PTTI Conference Now Underway

The Institute of Navigation's (ION) annual international technical meeting (ITM), held in conjunction with the Precise Time and Time Interval Meeting (PTTI), kicked off today at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia.

January 26, 2018

European Space Agency Ushers in 2018

The opening of the New Year at the European Space Agency (ESA) came in the wake of another spectacular launch for Europe's GNSS program; last December, four Galileo satellites were lifted into space from Kourou, French Guyana, on board the thundering Ariane 5 launcher, by all accounts leaving witnesses awestruck.

January 26, 2018

Now Deemed a “New Start,” GPS IIIF May Face More Delays

A decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) may be what's holding up action on the Air Force's $10 billion plan to build 22 new GPS IIIF satellites and could increase the chances of further, perhaps substantial, delays.

The Pentagon has determined that the GPS III Follow-On Production program (GPS IIIF) is a “new start” under its rules.

"The Department of Defense has concluded that this effort is a new program and will be a new start in future budgets," said an Air Force spokesman in response to a query from Inside GNSS.

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