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June 18, 2013

EU Calls Out European Industry on GNSS Opportunities

According to European Union (EU) figures, there should be €90 billion in benefits to be reaped by industry as a result of Europe’s €11 billion investment in Galileo. But what that really means is that there will be €90 billion in new income out there for someone to take.

June 17, 2013

Inside GNSS Columnist Wins Journalism Award — Again

Dee Ann Divis, a contributing editor for Inside GNSS, has won the 2013 Dateline award for Washington Correspondent from the Society of Professional Journalists - DC Chapter for the second year in a row.

The award recognizes a series of stories published over the past year in Inside GNSS about a controversial British Ministry of Defense attempt to patent technology underlying new GNSS signals, including GPS and Galileo.

June 16, 2013

CNAV Tests Begin on GPS L2C and L5 Signals

The U.S. Air Force Space Command (AFSPC ) began testing modernized civil navigation (CNAV) message capabilities on the GPS L2C and L5 signals for the first time yesterday (June 15, 2013).

This first test period is scheduled to continue through July 1 (Julian Day 182), according to a Notice Advisory to NAVSTAR Users (NANU 2013034), although a tentative CNAV test plan shows the tests ending on June 29.

June 15, 2013

EU Opens European GNSS Service Center to Support Galileo Users

A European GNSS Service Center (GSC), has opened in Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain to serve as an interface between the Galileo navigation system and user communities of the open and commercial services provided by the European GNSS system. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) will operate the facility.

June 15, 2013

SMC Signs CRADA to Certify SpaceX Falcon Launcher

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, to certify the company’s Falcon launcher for future National Security Space (NSS) missions.
That could provide the GPS program another alternative to the United Launch Alliance's Delta IV and Atlas V rockets that currently are the only certified launch vehicles capable of lifting NSS payloads into orbit, including GPS spacecraft.

June 10, 2013

Four More GLONASS Launches Planned for 2013

The head of Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces (VKO) said four more GLONASS launches are planned for 2013. 

“Three GLONASS satellites are scheduled to be launched on board a Proton carrier rocket in July from the Baikonur space center and another one is planned to be launched in December from the Plesetsk space center,”  said Major General Alexander Golovko in a June 7 story for state news agency RIA Novosti.

May 31, 2013

State Associations Tackle Privacy UAV Issues

Three state government associations are teaming up with privacy advocates and drone proponents to craft legislation potentially critical to opening the country to the unmanned aircraft industry.

The effort, which is being spearheaded by the Aerospace States Association (ASA), could be instrumental in heading off a potentially devastating backlash against unmanned aerial systems (UAS) fueled by privacy concerns. GNSS technology is a leading candidate for UAS guidance, navigation, and control systems for many types of unmanned aircraft.

May 31, 2013

Europe's GNSS Program: Interview with European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani

A former officer in the Italian Air Force, Antonio Tajani has been vice-president of the European Commission (EC) since May 2008. Tajani is, however, also the current European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, which makes him top man at the European Union (EU) directorate-general that oversees the Europoean GNSS programs, particularly Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

May 20, 2013

GPS Civil Funding Request Slashed

With just more than four months to go in the 2013 fiscal year, sequestration and furloughs are taking a bite out of key research and the work of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) — the government nexus for GPS-related policy matters.

The NCO is an interagency organization, explained its director, Jan Brecht-Clark in an emailed response; so, “each individual staff member is subject to furloughs implemented by their home agency as a result of sequestration.”

May 20, 2013

China Conference Highlights Plans for BeiDou in International Marketplace

The fourth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC 2013) wound up its three-day run on Friday (May 17, 2013) in Wuhan — by most measures a clear success for an event that has become the nation’s leading GNSS forum.

Well more than 2,000 attendees had their choice of 627 technical papers spread across a broad array of topics in 12 session tracks under the conference theme: BeiDou Application — Opportunities and Challenges.”

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