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January 8, 2016

Directorate Releases GPS III Phase 1 Vendor Feasibility RFP

The GPS Directorate at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) released a request for proposals today (January 8, 2016) seeking proposals for the GPS III Space Vehicles 11+ Phase 1 Production Readiness Feasibility Assessment contract.

December 31, 2015

Authorization of Galileo Use in U.S. Could Become a Factor in U.S. Access to PRS

Approval of a European Union (EU) petition to officially allow Galileo signals to be used in the United States may become an issue during upcoming negotiations over an American request for access to Galileo's Public Regulated Service (PRS) signal, an EU advisor suggested.

December 24, 2015

Air Force Space Command to Release New GPS III Feasibility Solicitation

Late yesterday (December 22, 2015) the Pentagon announced the imminent release of a new solicitation in its two-year search for a contractor to build the next tranche of GPS III satellites.

Air Force Space Command announced on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website that it would publish a request for proposals  (RFP) for a phase 1 production readiness feasibility assessment for the new GPS III spacecraft on or around January 8.

December 17, 2015

Galileo Program Adds Pair of Satellites to Constellation

Europe’s GNSS program placed two more satellites into orbit today (December 17, 2015), doubling the number of Galileo spacecraft in space in the course of nine months from 6 to 12.

Galileo 11 and 12 — the full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites numbers 7 and 8 — lifted off together at 6:51 a.m. EST (12:51 CET, 11:51 UTC, 8:51 a.m. local time) atop a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s spaceport near Kourou, French Guiana.

December 17, 2015

New LightSquared Settles with Trimble, Garmin

New LightSquared, the firm reconstituted from the original LightSquared wireless broadband company upon its exit from bankruptcy, has proposed a settlement of lawsuits filed against Garmin and Trimble Navigation, which would end most of the company's legal action against the GPS community.

December 10, 2015

PNT ExCom Backs eLoran as a Step to Full GPS Backup System

The National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT ExCom) has recommended using enhanced Loran (eLoran) as a near-term alternative to GPS for essential timing data while it determines what capabilities are needed for a comprehensive GPS backup, officials told Congress this week.

December 10, 2015

Power Lowered, Receiver Standards Dropped in LightSquared, Deere Deal

In a change of direction the new LightSquared team has dropped its lawsuit against the federal government and reached a separate settlement in its lawsuit against Deere & Company that has wide-ranging implications for the GNSS community.

Under the deal LightSquared has agreed to lock in lower power limits and drop its push for GPS receiver standards in exchange for Deere dropping its opposition to LightSquared's terrestrial broadband network.

December 9, 2015

Latest GPS IIF Satellite Now Operational

The Air Force Second Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) reports that the GPS Block IIF-11, (SVN-73/PRN-10) satellite has been set healthy and is fully operational. Launched October 31, SVN-73 has replaced SVN-47 in the E plane slot E2.  

December 9, 2015

GPS OCX Delayed, Again

The Air Force is weighing its options for a new GPS ground system after a detailed review last week revealed the system would be further delayed — perhaps to as late as 2023.

December 2, 2015

Two New Galileo Satellites Enter Service

Another pair of Galileo satellites is now fully operational, broadcasting navigation signals and, since Tuesday (December 1, 2015), transmitting search and rescue messages worldwide.

Galileos 7 and 8 were launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on March 27. Their navigation payloads underwent a lengthy test campaign confirming their performance and integration into the worldwide Galileo ground network.

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