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April 23, 2011

GPS-Guided Honeywell MAV Aids in Japan Nuclear Plant Emergency

A GPS-guided T-Hawk Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) more frequently used in combat reconnaissance missions in Iraq and Afghanistan is being used to help emergency efforts at Japan’s damaged fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Weighing just 17 pounds and measuring 14 inches in diameter, the T-Hawk is a ducted-fan vertical takeoff and landing air vehicle originally developed in recent years by Honeywell Corporation under a $40-million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) technology demonstration contract.

April 16, 2011

U.S. Department of Justice Seeks Supreme Court Review of GPS Surveillance Issue

On Friday (April 15, 2011) the Obama administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the question of whether prolonged police surveillance using GNSS-aided tracking of a suspect requires a search warrant under the provisions of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

April 12, 2011

Septentrio’s AsteRx3 Receiver Tracks First GLONASS CDMA Signal on L3

Septentrio has announced that the Belgian GNSS manufacturer has successfully tracked the GLONASS CDMA L3 signal transmitted by the first GLONASS-K1 satellite using the company’s AsteRx3 receiver.

April 10, 2011

China Launches 8th Compass/BeiDou-2 Satellite — an IGSO

Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, reported today (April 10, 2011) that China launched the eighth Compass/BeiDou-2 satellite on a 3A Long March carrier rocket at 4:47 A.M. Sunday from Xichang launch center in Sichuan Province.

April 4, 2011

European Satellite Navigation Competition Opens 2011 Contest

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2011 opened its registration page on April 1 for entries in this year’s international search for new GNSS applications and product developments.

This year’s competition offers business start-up aid worth €1 million ($1.4 million) and a cash prize pool of €100,000.

March 30, 2011

Army Fields GPS-Guided Mortar in Afghanistan

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are the first Army combat units to have access to GPS-guided 120-millimeter mortar cartridge capability — a rapidly fielded capability that has put precision guidance into a still-smaller military form factor.

The Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, fielded the Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) cartridges to an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) earlier this month, and is scheduled to field cartridges to the seven other IBCTs in Afghanistan within six months.

March 30, 2011

GPS 'Stewards' DoD, DoT DepSecs Protest LightSquared Plan to FCC

In a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, the second-ranking officials from the U.S. departments of defense (DoD) and transportation (DoT) have issued the strongest administration message yet regarding LightSquared’s proposal to build a network of high-powered terrestrial transmitters broadcasting near the GPS L1 and other GNSS frequencies.

March 22, 2011

GPS.gov Website Gets a Make-Over

GPS.gov Website Gets a Make-Over

The National Space-Based PNT Coordination Office (NCO) and U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) have announced a major upgrade to the official U.S. government GPS website GPS.gov, including new content and features.

March 18, 2011

Galileo Security, Move to Prague Top List for Des Dorides of Europe's GNSS Agency

House-hunting is turning out to be one of the first tasks facing Carlo des Dorides, new executive director of the European GNSS Agency, also known by the acronym — GSA — of its former name, the GNSS Supervisory Authority. And as with many new homeowners, security will be well up on the list of attributes.

Des Dorides is engaged in an expedited process to find a new home for the GSA in Prague, Czech Republic,

March 17, 2011

Surrey Satellite's Galileo Payload Passes Preliminary Design Review

Navigation payloads being developed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) for the full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites have passed the preliminary design review (PDR) by panel including the European Space Agency (ESA), demonstrating that they have a sufficient level of design maturity.

 SSTL is teamed with OHB System of Bremen, Germany for the provision of the first 14 FOC satellites. OHB is the prime contractor and builder of the spacecraft platform.

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