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March 12, 2018

Trimble's RTX Technology Helps General Motors' Super Cruise Maintain Lane Position

At last week's Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, General Motors provided updates on its use of precise point positioning (PPP) for the Cadillac Super Cruise.

March 9, 2018

GSA and Thales Launch the EDG²E Project to Further Optimize Aviation Navigation with Galileo

On the heels of a momentum-filled few days at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit (March 5-7), comes more big news from the European Union's Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and Galileo.

The GSA announced on Thursday that it has officially launched the EDG²E project (Equipment for dual frequency Galileo GPS and EGNOS) with a consortium led by Thales and the GSA.

March 6, 2018

Cooperation, Competition Common Themes at Munich Satellite Navigation Summit

The 14th Munich Satellite Navigation Summit kicked off Monday with a champagne welcome and the opening of the exhibits at Alte Bayerrische Staatsbank (Old Bavarian State Bank), followed by an exciting opening plenary panel that featured updates on each of the GNSS systems.

February 28, 2018

Key House Chairman Sticks with GPS OCX Despite Issues, MITRE Criticism

Mike Rogers, a key lawmaker in military space policy, appears willing to stick with the current program to build a more capable and cyber-secure GPS ground system despite his profound frustration with schedule delays and cost overruns and a recently revealed report from MITRE Corp. suggesting it be dropped.

February 28, 2018

Army Looks to Speed Assured PNT With OTA Funding

The Army is leaning toward using a funding channel designed for fast deals with high-tech entrepreneurs to rev up its work on assured positioning, navigation and timing (A-PNT).

The goal of the new PNT effort, the Army said in a Feb. 27 special announcement, is to "provide position, velocity, and time data with the aid of non-GPS augmentation to the dismounted and mounted Soldier in GPS degraded or denied environments."

February 26, 2018

Combating Terrorism Technology Startup Challenge Includes Urban Navigation Track

The U.S. Department of Defense, Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO), the Israel Ministry of Defense, Defense Research and Development Directorate (MAFAT), and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel are pleased to announce CTTSC3, a unique contest to identify and support the startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators that are driving the next breakthroughs in technology for combating terrorism.

One of the goals of the event includes coming up with the next combating-terrorism breakthrough for GNSS-denied navigation.

February 22, 2018

ESA, Airbus Sign Contract for EGNOS V3 Upgrades

Airbus has been selected as the main contractor to develop EGNOS V3, the next generation of Europe's Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS). The company was awarded the contract by the European Space Agency (ESA), which manages EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) development under a working arrangement signed with the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

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.

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