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April 16, 2013

U.S. Agencies Seek Comments on Future Uses of NDGPS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), is seeking public comments on the current and future user needs for the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS).

April 12, 2013

A First-Hand Look at Smithsonian’s New Exhibit That Links Time and Navigation

Thanks to an accident of renovation, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space museum is now the home to a substantial new exhibit that opened today (April 12, 2013), “Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There.”

April 10, 2013

GPS Design Changes Will Add Waveform Generator, Dual-Launch Capability, and More

A redesign of the GPS satellites under development by Lockheed Martin will add a signal waveform generator, search and rescue payload, laser retroreflector array (LRA), and dual-launch capability beginning with Space Vehicle 9 (SV09).

April 2, 2013

IGS Launches Real-Time Service for High-Precision GNSS

The International GNSS Service (IGS), a worldwide federation of agencies involved in high-precision GNSS) applications, has announced the launch of its Real-Time Service (RTS).

The RTS is a global scale GNSS orbit and clock correction service that enables real-time precise point positioning (PPP) and related applications requiring access to IGS low latency products. The RTS is offered in beta as a GPS-only service for the development and testing of applications.

April 2, 2013

Japan Awards Contracts for QZSS Space, Ground Segments

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and NEC Corporation have received contracts to build the spacecraft and ground control system, respectively, for Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS).

The Japanese Cabinet Office announced the contract awards last Friday (March 29, 2013).
Mitsubishi will receive ¥50 billion (US$540 million) for building one geostationary satellite and two additional quasi-zenith satellites (QZSs) to join “Michibiki,” the first QZS launched on September 11, 2010.

April 1, 2013

Vietnamese University Announces First Galileo-Only Positioning

A research team at the NAVIS Center at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Vietnam has achieved what it says is the first successful Galileo-only positioning in Asia.

March 29, 2013

Continuing Resolution Pares GPS OCX, Launch Line Items

President Obama has signed a continuing resolution, an omnibus federal spending measure that includes funding for the GPS program.

March 29, 2013

Move to Set Privacy Rules for Operating Unmanned Systems Gathers Steam

The prospects for the rapid integration of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the day-to-day work of farmers, pipeline operators and firemen seem to be dimming amidst a hail of privacy legislation.

Virginia is poised to enact a two-year moratorium on the use of UASs, roughly 30 other states are weighing legislation and nearly half a dozen federal bills limiting the use of UASs have already been introduced in Congress just two months into the new session.

March 28, 2013

Registration Opens for ESA Summer School on GNSS

Registration has opened for the European Space Agency’s International Summer School on GNSS.

Scheduled July 15–25 in Davos, Switzerland, this year’s program will be held in conjunction with the European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC). The program is open to graduate students (with a first university degree), Ph.D. candidates, early-stage researchers, and young professionals wishing to broaden their knowledge.

March 26, 2013

ICG Interoperability Workshop Seeks Views on New GNSS Signal Design

An International Committee on GNSS (ICG) Interoperability Workshop April 25–27, in Honolulu, Hawaii, is seeking participation by designers and manufacturers of GNSS user equipment. The workshop, convened by ICG Working Group A (WG-A) on Compatibility and Interoperability, immediately follows the ION Pacific PNT conference at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

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