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May 14, 2011

Indian Navigation Augmentation Satellite GAGAN Delays Launch by One Day

[UPDATED MAY 16] India's GPS-Aided and GEO-Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) spacecraft will be carried into orbit on an Ariane-5 launcher from the European Space Agency (ESA) spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on May 21, 2011, according to an announcement from ISRO, the Indian space agency.

May 13, 2011

Galileo Launch Date Set for October

[Updated June 1, 2011] Two Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites will comprise the first launch on a modified Soyuz rocket from the European Union’s spaceport in French Guiana.

Now scheduled for October 20, the launch will mark the beginning of the creation of the operational constellation for Europe’s GNSS system.

May 13, 2011

FCC's Stance on GPS/LightSquared Drawing More Heat; Tests Show Interference

Pressure is mounting on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and proponents of LightSquared’s plan to operate high-powered ground transmitters in spectrum adjacent to GPS L1.

May 9, 2011

International Astronautical Federation Recognizes GPS for 'Benefit to Humanity'

The U.S. Global Positioning System has garnered a long list of honors over the years, but a forthcoming presentation from the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is one of the most remarkable yet.

April 30, 2011

Old and New: Return of the Federal Radionavigation Plan

The recent release of the 2010 Federal Radionavigation Plan (FRP) marks the passage of a recurring milestone for the U.S. positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) community.

April 30, 2011

Air Traffic Control Modernization: FAA, NextGen, GNSS, and Avionics Equipage

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In between partisan confrontations around the 2011 federal budget and raising the U.S. debt limit, prospects are improving for federal legislation that would provide the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with a regular full-year budget for the first time since Fiscal Year 2007 — including support for completing the transition to a GNSS-driven air traffic control (ATC) system known as NextGen and a “public-private partnership” to equip aircraft with the needed avionics.

April 29, 2011

Putin Appoints New Roscosmos Chief, Accepts Perminov's Resignation Against Backdrop of GLONASS Launch Failure

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appointed Vladimir Popovkin, formerly First Deputy Defense Minister, as head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos today (April 29, 2011), replacing Anatoly Perminov.

April 28, 2011

New Senate Subcommittee Addresses Mobile Technologies and Privacy: Apple, Google to Appear

Funny thing about the U.S. Constitution: it address the activities of government officials and agencies — including restraints on those activities — but not the activities of commercial business and individuals. The latter are left to federal, state, and local laws.

So, when the government conducts warrantless surveillance using GPS, the issue may come before the U.S. Supreme Court or state and federal judges at other levels. If private companies do it, they may end up at a congressional hearing.

April 28, 2011

FY11 Budget Battle Over, GPS Looks Ahead to FY12

Resolution of the between Congressional Republicans and Democrats that threatened a shutdown of the federal government has clarified the picture for military GPS programs in the coming year, although prospects for the civil side remain uncertain.

On April 15, 2011, President Obama signed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1473, Public Law 112-10), the last in a series of government-wide funding measures for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11).

April 28, 2011

Coalition to Save Our GPS Webinar Highlights LightSquared Risks

GPS supporters are trying to slow what appears to be a runaway LightSquared express bearing down on the civil L1 signal frequency and thwart the would-be 4G/LTE broadband cellular wholesaler’s effort shift the burden of proof and associated costs for mitigating interference onto the GNSS community.

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