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April 25, 2018

Inertial Sensors, Receiver Signal Processing and Indoor Navigation Take Center Stage at PLANS

High performance inertial sensor technology, receiver signal processing, and robotic and indoor navigation presentations all played a big role in Tuesday morning’s technical sessions at the IEEE/ION Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) at the Hyatt Regency Monterey in Monterey, California.

April 18, 2018

Boeing Declines to Bid on GPS III

One, and perhaps two, of the three firms most likely to compete for a contract to build the next tranche of GPS III satellites will no longer pursue the deal.

Boeing declined to bid on the contract to build the 22 new spacecraft, a multi-year effort estimated to be worth as much at $10 billion.

"Boeing did not submit a proposal in response to the RFP (request for proposals)," said a company spokesman, "as the RFP emphasized mature production to current GPS requirements and did not value lower cost, payload performance or flexibility."

April 17, 2018

AUVSI XPONENTIAL to Showcase STEM Education and Workforce Development

AUVSI XPONENTIAL’s large trade show that brings together more than 8,500 unmanned systems industry leaders and forward-thinking users from the defense and commercial sectors to learn the latest on public policy, business solutions, and technology applications, will showcase dynamic programming to support STEM education and growing a future workforce. XPONENTIAL 2018 will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from April 30 to May 3, and Inside GNSS and Inside Unmanned Systems will be on hand.

April 17, 2018

Ligado Decision May Be At Hand

The federal government is rumored to be nearing a decision about Ligado Networks’ request to repurpose its satellite frequencies to also support a ground-based telecom network. Those frequencies neighbor the band used by GPS. Testing done both several years ago and more recently has shown such a system could seriously interfere with GPS receivers.

April 6, 2018

Final FY18 Budget Boosts GPS Back-up and Receiver Work

When the wrangling finally ended and the funding bill for fiscal year 2018 was finally signed on March 23, the GPS program found itself with an unexpected plus-up of nearly $90 million to support both a new back-up system and work on military GPS receivers.
 

March 23, 2018

ESA/JRC International Summer School on GNSS 2018 Slated for July

The ESA/JRC International Summer School on GNSS is hosted this year by Austria from July 16-27, 2018 in Loipersdorf, Austria. It is in cooperation with Stanford University in the United States, the Institut Supérieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace ISAE-SUPAERO in Toulouse, France, Graz University of Technology in Austria and the University FAF Munich in Germany.

March 20, 2018

Technical Panel: Existing Test Results Are Enough to Decide Ligado Interference Question

An independent technical review ordered by the federal government's top GPS policy body found that there is sufficient data to assess the risk of using frequencies near the GPS band for a ground-based communications network. Existing test results can also be used to set power limits for other similarly located projects, said a panel of technical specialists. Two tests sponsored by Ligado Networks, however, did not meet minimum criteria for inclusion, the panel said.

March 20, 2018

GSA’s Info Day in Prague Addresses Funding Opportunities, Galileo Projects

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted the second Fundamental Elements Info Day on March 14, 2018, welcoming 55 participants from 38 organizations to its headquarters in Prague. The info day focused on upcoming FE (Fundamental Elements) funding opportunities and provided a status update on the funding program.

March 15, 2018

Lawsuit Delay Hints at Shift in GPS Spectrum Fight

A $2 billion lawsuit with implications for the ongoing spectrum fight between the GPS community and would-be terrestrial telecom provider Ligado Networks has been stayed — set aside through mutual agreement for nine months — according to court documents.

The lawsuit filed by Harbinger Capital, a firm founded by hedge fund manager Phil Falcone, alleges "massive fraud" by Apollo Global Management LLC and others when they sold the satellite company SkyTerra to Harbinger.

March 14, 2018

FCC Authorizes New Iridium Terminals, Dismisses GPS Concerns

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has declined to take action on concerns expressed by the GPS community, approving an Iridium request to modify its earth station licenses to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of its second-generation constellation.

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