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March 1, 2012

GPS Program Budget: A Lot, But Is It Enough?

The details of President Obama’s 2013 budget have been gradually filtering out and, in general, the GPS system and those programs closely linked to satellite navigation, have escaped deep cuts.

On the hardware side the White House has requested $58.2 for GPS IIF satellite procurement. According to Air Force budget documents, the plan is to then wrap up the total IIF procurement of 12 satellites with a request for $77.6 million in FY14 and $7.3 million in FY15.

February 29, 2012

U.S. House Committee Leaders Request Information on LightSquared and GPS Interference

Republican leaders of the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee have requested additional information regarding the procedures followed by federal agencies in the interference dispute between LightSquared and GPS.

The inquiry also asks about the government plans to develop GPS receiver standards that would prevent interference from “future deployment of terrestrial service in spectrum near or adjacent to the GPS bands.”

February 29, 2012

Web Seminar on Challenges of GNSS/Inertial Integration Gets Thumbs Up

Nearly 400 system integrators, equipment manufacturers, product/application designers, and other professionals from around the world tuned into a live broadcast web seminar presented by Inside GNSS on February 28 with the subject, “Challenges of GNSS/Inertial Integration.”

A link to the recorded version is available here. If you already registered and would like to review the webinar, just sign in. If you have not yet registered, you may do so now. Registration is free.

February 28, 2012

LightSquared CEO Resigns Amid GPS Interference Controversy

LightSquared announced today (February 28, 2012) that Sanjiv Ahuja has resigned his position as chief executive officer of LightSquared, Inc. He will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

Ahuja’s resignation is the latest development in the company’s attempt to establish a nationwide terrestrial wireless broadband network in spectrum adjacent to that used by GPS and other GNSS L1 services. No explanation was given for his departure.

February 25, 2012

China Launches 11th Compass/BeiDou-2 Satellite

China successfully launched a satellite into space at 00:12 Beijing Time on February 25 (February 24, 16:12 UTC/GMT), the 11th of the nation's second-generation Beidou, or Compass, GNSS system.

The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern Sichuan province, was carried by a Long March-3C carrier rocket into a geosynchronous orbit. It is the fifth geostationary spacecraft in the current BeiDou-2 constellation.

February 24, 2012

LightSquared Asks for More Time to Contest FCC Action on GPS Interference

Charging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a “rush to judgment,” LightSquared Inc. is seeking an extension of more than a month to comment on the FCC’s intention to prohibit the company from building a high-powered wireless broadband network in RF spectrum next to GPS and other GNSS services.

February 17, 2012

President's Budget Request Would Continue GPS Modernization

Following up on the “strategic guidance” on defense spending that the White House laid out last month, President Obama has proposed a Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) budget that continues funding for GPS modernization efforts.

February 17, 2012

Both Sides Now: Harbinger, LightSquared, GPS Interference, and Lawsuits

No sooner had the Wall Street Journal published an article today  (Feburary 17, 2012) about Harbinger Capital hiring lawyers to consider suing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the agency’s latest action on LightSquared, but its principal now finds himself the subject of class action suit.

A New York City law firm today filed a class action lawsuit against Philip Falcone and his Harbinger Capital LLC on behalf of the hedge fund’s limited partners, citing the Falcone’s investment in LightSquared Subsidiary LLC.

February 15, 2012

FCC Invites Comment on Plans to Abandon LightSquared Effort Due to GPS Interference Concerns

As previously announced, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) International Bureau invited comment today on its proposal to vacate its January 2011 conditional waiver order permitting LightSquared Subsidiary LLC to establish a terrestrial wireless broadband network as a result of demonstrated interference to GPS signals and receivers.

February 14, 2012

NTIA and FCC Agree: No Practical Way to Fix LightSquared’s GPS Interference Problem

[Updated February 15, 2012] The GPS community received a Valentine’s Day message from U.S. regulators today (Feburary 14, 2012): there is  “no practical way” to mitigate potential interference posed by terrestrial transmissions from LightSquared’s proposed wireless broadband network.

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