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November 10, 2017

Lawmakers Begin Moving Military Space Management Out of the Air Force

House and Senate authorizers are forcing a reorganization of the Pentagon's management of military space programs, giving authority to a soon-to-be-named official to prioritize space budgets across services and setting planning in motion for a possible new department. They also approved spending the full amounts requested for the military GPS programs and mandated that defense officials both test a backup to GPS and look at incorporating European and Japanese GNSS signals into military user equipment.

November 9, 2017

Harris Completes Development of Fully Digital Navigation Payload for Future GPS III Satellites

Harris Corporation has completed development of the company’s fully digital Mission Data Unit (MDU), which is at the heart of its navigation payload for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellites 11 and beyond.

November 8, 2017

China Launches Two BeiDou-3 Satellites Featuring Accurate Rubidium Atomic Clocks

According to reports out of China, new, very accurate rubidium atomic clocks onboard two BeiDou-3 satellites launched into space on November 5 have greatly improved the accuracy of the system.

The country launched two BeiDou-3 satellites into space via a single carrier rocket to support its global navigation and positioning network at 11:45 UTC on Sunday (November 5). The satellites were aboard a Long March-3B carrier rocket which took off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, according to the China Xinhua News Agency.

November 2, 2017

Air Force Accepts Delivery of GPS OCX Launch and Checkout System Baseline  

The Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSPC) announced today that the United States Air Force has accepted delivery of the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) Launch and Checkout System (LCS) baseline from Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems.

October 31, 2017

Telecom, Economic Experts Weigh in on Putting Broadband Near GPS

The long-running, high stakes battle between the GPS community and Ligado Networks may enter a new phase next month when the firm presents to the nation's leading GPS experts its plan to develop a combined terrestrial/satellite network using its spectrum neighboring the GPS band.

October 31, 2017

Underground Pipelines Among Transportation Systems Dependent on GPS

While it is understood that the internet, cell phones and air traffic systems rely on GPS technology to function smoothly, so too do other unexpected elements of the nation's infrastructure — including millions of miles of underground pipelines.

October 30, 2017

Number of Galileo Satellites Ordered from OHB System AG Reaches 34

Galileo’s navigation system is continuing to make strides toward a satellite constellation designed to gradually improve the system’s performance and availability worldwide.

Earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) announced it had exercised one of its contractual options for the European Galileo navigation system and ordered four additional satellites from OHB System AG. In June 2017, the Bremen-based satellite producer had been awarded a contract for eight Galileo satellites under the Batch 3 tender

October 16, 2017

Shift to the Cloud at the Core of Restaged OCX Program

Key details are emerging about how Air Force managers are working to pull into line the substantially delayed and over budget program to build a new GPS ground system.

October 13, 2017

Air Force Declares First Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite “Available for Launch”

Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System technology, the U.S. Air Force this week declared the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite “Available for Launch.”

The Air Force’s “AFL” declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin’s first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide for commercial and civilian users.

October 12, 2017

Advisory Board Invites Ligado to the Podium

The nation's leading satellite navigation experts have invited Ligado Networks, a firm whose plans are widely viewed by many as a threat to satnav, to present at their November 15 meeting. If the company accepts, it could illuminate the structure of the terrestrial service it has in mind and either ease, or add fuel to, the ongoing dispute between Ligado and the GPS community.

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