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October 20, 2011

Augmented Reality System Wins Top Prizes in 2011 European Satellite Navigation Competition

MVS-California, LLC, winner of the USA Challenge, took the top global prize in this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) with the company’s True3D Head Up Display & Navigation System.
The company’s innovation is an augmented reality navigational display engine designed to provide non-distracting, translucent location guidance to untrained operators of any type of vehicle.

October 14, 2011

Galileo: At Long Last, Launch

Launch of two Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites next week will bring Europe’s long-awaited (and much-delayed) GNSS program into a new phase.

Liftoff from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, at 11:34 GMT (7:34 a.m. local time). Progress in the operations and news updates can be viewed online at the European Space Agency website.

September 30, 2011

Historical Monument App Wins USA Challenge “People’s Choice” Award at ION GNSS 2011

Georeader, a free Android Smartphone app that allows written text to be placed at any GPS location, was the audience favorite of five USA Challenge GNSS application idea contest finalists profiled at the September ION GNSS 2011 conference in Portland, Oregon.

September 30, 2011

GNSS Systems Reports: Compass ICD, Expanded QZSS, GLONASS Launches, GPS Budget Issues, Galileo Reprofiling

[Updated October 3] All five of the world's major satellite navigation systems are poised to offer new capability — if the money comes through — program representatives told attendees at the recent Institute of Navigation’s GNSS 2011 conference in Portland.

The satellite navigation systems in China, Japan, and the United States have each recently had new satellites added, while those in Russia and Europe are poised for new launches. Budgets are in flux for most systems, however, so it remains to be seen how the systems will advance over the next year.

September 30, 2011

LightSquared Interference to GPS Reports Pack the Room at ION GNSS 2011

While a representative for a proposed broadband network assured attendees at a recent satellite navigation meeting that their telecom system could co-exist with the Global Positioning System, a panel of GPS experts raised new doubts about the broadband system and interference from its handsets.

September 15, 2011

LightSquared Would Jam GPS, Defense Officials Tell Congress

Amidst a storm of political controversy and the conspicuous absence of a key administration witness, Department of Defense (DoD) officials told members of Congress today (September 15, 2011) that a proposed broadband wireless service would degrade or render useless billions of dollars of equipment essential to military operations.

September 14, 2011

FCC Calls for More Testing of Lightsquared Interference to GPS; White House Ties Revealed

In a remarkable change of momentum, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a public notice yesterday (September 13, 2011) stating that “additional targeted testing” is needed in the matter of LightSquared Subsidiary LLC’s interference to GPS.

September 9, 2011

First Galileo IOV Satellite Reaches Kourou

The first Galileo navigation satellite arrived Wednesday (September 7, 2011) in Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, ready to begin preparations for launch on 20 October.

Packed within its protective, air-conditioned container, the satellite — known as Known as Flight Model 2, or FM2 — landed at Cayenne Rochambeau Airport aboard an Antonov aircraft, having departed from Thales Alenia Space Italy’s Rome facility, where it was built.

September 8, 2011

Officials Decry Risks of Severe GPS Interference; LightSquared Makes New Offer

LightSquared told a congressional committee today (September 8, 2011) that it would limit the on-the-ground power of its signals to avoid overpowering GPS receivers, which use frequencies next door that the company proposes to have rezoned for its high-powered wireless broadband network.

August 31, 2011

FCC May Require Further Tests on LightSquared Interference to GPS (or Maybe Not)

[Updated September 2, 2011] Amid White House efforts to keep a lid on the process and congressional hearings on the subject, the controversy surrounding LightSquared’s interference to GPS could compel the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to require another round of testing — this time of the wireless broadband company’s lower L-band frequencies.

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