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November 23, 2015

ESA Names Verhoef to head Galileo, Sat Nav Directorate

In an specially convened meeting over the weekend, the European Space Agency (ESA) Council has named Paul Verhoef, a 25-year veteran of the European Commission (EC) to serve as director of Galileo Program and Navigation-Related Activities (D/NAV).

November 17, 2015

Positive Train Control Postponed

When the President signed a three-week extension — until Friday (November 20, 2015) — of federal transportation funding, he also gave railroads another three years to install positive train control or PTC on their locomotives and rail networks.

Rail operators now have until 2018 to upgrade their systems — plus another two years to actually get them working.

November 17, 2015

ULA Drops Out of GPS III Launch Competition

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) send-off of the 12th GPS Block IIF satellite scheduled for next February 3 may turn out to be the last GPS launch for the Boeing/Lockheed Martin joint venture — at least for a while. ULA did not submit a bid to launch the next generation of GPS satellites (GPS III).

November 12, 2015

ITU World Radiocommunication Conference Allocates Spectrum for ADS-B Tracking of Aircraft

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, agreed Wednesday (November 11, 2015) to allocate RF spectrum for global flight tracking in civil aviation.

November 10, 2015

GPS OCS Implements Threat Protection Technology

The GPS Operational Control Segment (OCS) has implemented security upgrades developed by Lockheed Martin to safeguard data and ensure satellite availability at the system’s Master Control Station and Alternate Master Control Station.

October 31, 2015

Karutin Named General Designer of GLONASS Program

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the appointment of Sergey Karutin, deputy director of the Central Research Institute of Machine Building and head of its PNT Center responsible for GLONASS operations, to serve as the new general designer of the Russian GNSS program.

In his new role, Karutin will undertake the “comprehensive work of further developing the system,” according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin in charge of the nation’s defense and space industry.

October 31, 2015

Successful GPS II-F Satellite Launch after Delay Caused by Faulty Ground Equipment

The 11th Block IIF GPS satellite was launched successfully today (October 31, 2015) following a 24-hour delay caused by a glitch in ground equipment on Friday.

Lift-off took place at 12:13 p.m. (EDT) at the opening of a 19-minute launch window.The U.S. Air Force has achieved the first successful command and control of the spacecraft.

October 30, 2015

PNT Advisory Board Hears about GPS Economic Impact, ABC Study, and Space Service Volume

Members of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board covered some old ground but gained some new insights today (October 30, 2015) during its meeting at the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado.

October 29, 2015

Companies Aim to Commercialize Europe’s eLoran System, GNSS Backup

A group of American and British companies is coalescing around a plan to provide Europe with a commercial, eLoran-based backup for the timing information now provided by GNSS signals.

The Earth Star consortium is made up of American and British companies and a few interested individuals, said Dana Goward, the president of the RNT Foundation. Goward, who is familiar with the group. He told Inside GNSS the consortium has yet to file formal organizational paperwork but would soon do so, most likely in Great Britain.

October 29, 2015

OCX Faces Crucial Pentagon Review, Congressional Broadside

The new GPS ground control system’s cascading delays and ballooning budget have the Department of Defense (DoD) looking at other options, including shifting to an enhanced version of an existing control system, Inside GNSS has learned.

The Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), which already has more than doubled in cost, will be the focus of a second “Deep Dive” review before the DOD’s top acquisition official on December 4.

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