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September 28, 2017

GNSS Program Update: Dozens of NavSats Set to Launch in Next 40 Months

If all goes as planned the world’s satellite navigation providers will be launching dozens of satellites between now and the end of the decade.

The activity just this year and next is remarkable, said John Betz of the MITRE Corp., who co-chaired the panel with José- Ángel Ávila-Rodriguez of the European Space Agency.

September 27, 2017

AFSPC Commander Holding Steady Through Sea of Changes

The ground was already shifting when Gen. John (Jay) Raymond took charge of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in October 2016. Just six months before, his predecessor Gen. John Hyten had announced the Space Enterprise Vision, a new way of approaching space asset development, management and protection now that space had become both contested and far more crowded. There were issues across the space, ground and user segments of the GPS program; sequestration was still looming and Congress was looking closely at how to reorganize the way the Air Force managed its space programs.

September 26, 2017

Would Reorganizing Space Management Help GPS? Three Experts Weigh In

The battle lines over restructuring the management of military space were drawn sharply Sept. 18 when the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

September 22, 2017

Lockheed Martin’s Second-Generation SBAS Testbed Achieves Another Milestone

Lockheed Martin announced that its second-generation satellite-based augmentation system (2nd Gen SBAS) testbed started broadcasting in dual frequency, multi-constellation (DFMC) during testing this week that was moved up from originally scheduled dates.

September 21, 2017

Broadcom Releases Dual-Frequency GNSS Receiver with Centimeter Accuracy for Consumer LBS Applications

No longer will a high-end, expensive GNSS receiver be required to achieve centimeter accuracy now that Broadcom Limited has announced the launch of its new dual-frequency receiver with such accuracy designed for consumer location-based services (LBS) applications.

September 20, 2017

Air Force Awards Lockheed Martin GPS M-Code Early Use Ground System Upgrade Contract

Denver, Colorado-based Lockheed Martin announced that the U.S. Air Force awarded the company a $45.5 million contract to provide Military Code (M-Code) Early Use (MCEU) capability to the Global Positioning System (GPS). Part of the Air Force's overall modernization plan for the GPS, M-Code is an advanced, new signal designed to improve anti-jamming and protection from spoofing, as well as to increase secure access, to military GPS signals for U.S. and allied armed forces.

September 19, 2017

DoD, Academia Test Systems for GPS Denial

Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as references, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS — or another GNSS — for its navigation needs.

But what happens when GPS isn’t available?

A collection of Department of Defense (DoD) units and U.S. universities recently found out when they gathered at Edwards Air Force Base to evaluate various aerial platforms in a degraded GPS environment.

September 18, 2017

FAA’s NextGen Largely On Track, Says GAO; Privatization Stalls

Improvements to the nation’s air traffic control system, including a shift to more efficient GPS-based routing and GPS-enabled aircraft surveillance, are largely on track and within budget, according to a recent watchdog report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 

September 15, 2017

ESA Announces Plans for Galileo Satellites to Fly on Ariane 6

Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets as the European Space Agency has announced it will become Arianespace’s first customer for Europe’s new vehicle.

The launches are scheduled between the end of 2020 and mid-2021, using two Ariane 62 rockets – the configuration of Europe’s next-generation launch vehicle that is best suited to haul the two 750-kilogram navigation satellites that operate in a 23,000-kilometer medium-Earth orbit.

September 14, 2017

Public Comment Open on ION’s GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard

The Institute of Navigation’s GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard working group is seeking public comment on the standard through December 31, 2017.

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