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January 16, 2014

Key Lawmakers Move to Put Privacy Controls in Place for UAVs

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D–California, the head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is working with Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D–West Virginia, who chair the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, to craft privacy legislation to protect people from intrusion by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Feinstein said she had been confronted by a drone just outside the window of her home.

January 16, 2014

Galileo Funding, Satellite Tests Move Program Back on Track

Approval by the European Parliament of the new 2014-2020 European Union (EU) budget last November was widely seen as a step in the right direction for the 28-nation union, after more than a year of sometimes bitter monetary wrangling.

The Parliament quickly followed the move by voting to approve the financing and governance of Europe’s satellite navigation program over the same period. The measure passed the Parliamentary ballot by an impressive margin, with 603 votes in favor, 29 against, and 59 abstentions.

January 14, 2014

India Certifies GAGAN for En Route and NPA Flight Operations

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) provisionally certified the nation's Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) — the GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system — to RNP0.1 (Required Navigation Performance, 0.1  Nautical Mile) service level on December 30, 2013.

January 14, 2014

DoT Opposes Early Start for Navigation Messages on New Civil GPS Signals

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) is asking the Air Force to cancel its plan to add navigation data to two key civil GPS signals this year, saying they are concerned that the approach and “nonstandard engineering tools” military officials plan to use could put GPS users at risk.

January 8, 2014

New BeiDou ICD Describes Second Civil Signal; Officials Describe Progress, Plans

At a news media conference in Beijing on the first anniversary of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) declaration of full operational capability (FOC) for its regional service, officials reported on the current performance of China’s GNSS system.

The BDS program also released two new technical documents, including an updated interface control document (ICD) that describes the second civil signal, B2I, and a “BDS Open Service Performance Standard (version 1.0).”

January 6, 2014

Enhanced Differential Loran Maritime Trials in The Netherlands Declared Successful

The Dutch Pilots Corporation and Reelektronika announced today (January 7, 2014) the successful development and test of an Enhanced Differential Loran (eDLoran) backup to GNSS in The Netherlands.

Trials at sea and in the Rotterdam Europort harbor area met the requirement for absolute accuracies in the five-meter range, according to Durk van Willigen, CEO of Reelektronika, and Wim van Buuren, Loodswezen’s information & communications technology (ICT) and innovation manager and board member.

December 31, 2013

GAO Faults DHS, DoT for GPS Interference/Backup Effort

Federal efforts to protect positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) signals came under sharp criticism during the December meeting of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board, with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) getting a bureaucratic ear boxing for having done little so far to specifically protect GPS.

December 31, 2013

FAA Taps Six Operators for Unmanned Aircraft Test Sites

U.S. aviation officials on Monday (December 30, 2013) named the winners of a high-stakes contest to operate one of six new research and test sites for unmanned aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will now work to help the sites set up safe operations and create the structures needed within the agency to help it use the sites’ research results.

December 18, 2013

Difficult Task: Placing an Economic Value on GPS

The nation’s leading GPS experts are struggling to quantify how the world’s premier navigation and timing system affects the U.S. economy, an effort critical to building a political firewall around GPS spectrum in the face of ballooning demand for broadband capacity.

December 17, 2013

GPS-Aided Crowdshipping: TwedEx and Deliv

Crowdsourcing has gained some attention in the GNSS community as a means for detecting and mitigating RF interference and signal spoofing.

In the past year, researchers and commercial ventures have developed ways to take advantage of the GNSS-derived knowledge of real-time location of participants to create ad hoc networks of couriers.

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