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May 14, 2013

European Commission to Host Workshop on Galileo and EGNOS Apps

The European Commission (EC) Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry will hold a workshop in Brussels, Belgium, on June 4 to address applications of the European Union satellite navigation programs, Galileo and EGNOS.

The first part of the workshop will focus on the past and future activities of the EC aiming to maximize and ensure the market uptake of European GNSS downstream applications.

May 13, 2013

White House Moves to Harden Infrastructure against GPS Disruption

System engineers across the country may soon be planning, in some cases perhaps for the first time, what they would do if they could not use the GPS service.

The effort is part of an expanded White House initiative to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure. Alhough infrastructure protection programs have been under way for some time, they did not necessarily address GPS vulnerabilities explicitly.

May 1, 2013

BeiDou to Restart Satellite Launches Next Year, Shift B1 Signal Frequency after 2016

China will begin launching BeiDou-2 satellites again in 2013 as it begins its test program for the third generation of the nation’s GNSS program.

After launching 16 satellites since 2007 (including six last year) to establish the current regional constellation with 14 operational satellites and publishing an official interface control document December 27, China called a halt to further launches to evaluate the performance of the system and complete a development plan for the system.

April 30, 2013

Defense Department CIO Teresa Takai Gets Positioning, Navigation and Timing Brief

A Department of Defense Directive (DoDD 5144.02) issued April 22 clarifies the positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) responsibilities for Teresa Takai, the assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration (NII) and the DoD’s chief information officer (CIO).

April 30, 2013

NASA Successfully Launches Three Smartphone Satellites

ET may have an improved method to phone home and satellite operators, a new way to position and control satellites — smartphones in space.

April 30, 2013

Galileo Conversation: Regulation, Budget, Markets, and International Relations

Paul Flament is head of the European Commission’s Satellite Navigation Unit. His primary job, essentially, is to manage the Galileo program of the European Union (EU). With four operational satellites now in orbit and an ambitious schedule to set in place a constellation of 26 by 2015, Flament sat down with Inside GNSS to talk about a number of pressing issues that could affect the future of Galileo.

Flament first addressed the EU GNSS Regulation, the much-anticipated document that sets out just who will do what in the future Galileo program.

April 30, 2013

Air Force Examining Broader Options for Next GPS III Satellite Buy

The Air Force will decide this fall whether to build more GPS III satellites or move to a new generation of spacecraft, the leader of Air Force Space Command told Congress last week.

“We’re on contract right now . . . through (GPS III) satellite vehicle number eight. Satellite vehicles nine and beyond – the acquisition strategy for that – will be debated in the fall,” General William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), told the House Armed Services Committee on April 25.

April 28, 2013

Russia Launches Another GLONASS-M Satellite

Russia launched another GLONASS-M satellite on Friday (April 26, 2013) on a Soyuz 2-1b rocket from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome.

April 24, 2013

North Korea’s GPS Jamming Prompts South Korea to Endorse Nationwide eLoran System

GPS jamming attacks from North Korea that have increased in frequency and duration since they began August 2010 have prompted the South Korean government to implement an enhanced Loran (eLoran) systems that will cover the entire country by 2016.

The South Korean government completed design, development, and construction documents for the eLoran system in February and will procure the system infrastructure through international competitive bidding.

April 16, 2013

Military GPS Budget Appears Steady as President Bids to Slow Defense Cuts

Spending pressures on the Pentagon seem to be coming from every direction, and the GPS program appears unlikely to avoid them entirely.

The growing needs of veterans are poised to force up health care budgets and higher transportation costs and operating tempos have dug a $22 billion-hole in the accounts for Overseas Contingency Operations in places such as Afghanistan.

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