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May 21, 2014

China Plans to Complete BeiDou Ahead of Schedule

China’s BeiDou will accelerate the pace of its development, even as the world’s other three GNSS systems are experiencing delays and difficulties, according to speakers in the opening session of the China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC 2014) today (May 21) in Nanjing.

May 20, 2014

FAA UAV Exemption Process Is in Place, Though Perhaps Imperfect

Companies hungry to offer commercial services in the United States with unmanned aircraft finally have something to chew on.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has laid out a process whereby a carefully selected set of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) may be granted an exemption to do for-pay flights before the first broad rules for U.S. flying unmanned aircraft are finalized.

May 20, 2014

Danish GPS Expert to Lead New Russian GNSS Studies Program

Samara State Aerospace University (SSAU), Russian Federation, will launch an English-language program in GNSS studies this fall, headed by Kai Borre, founder of the Danish GPS Center (DGC) and long-time professor of geodesy at Aalborg University.

May 19, 2014

Flawed GPS Signal Processing Design Cited as Cause of Receiver Problems

Widespread reports of intermittent GPS receiver outages may well end this week as the U.S. Air Force wraps up an “extended navigation mode” functional checkout of a GPS satellite, designated Space Vehicle Number (SVN) 64, a Block IIF spacecraft launched in February.

The problem affects only user equipment that erroneously uses navigation message data from the  satellites, which had yet to be set "healthy."

May 19, 2014

GNSS for Emergency 112 Mobile Caller Location in Europe

Europeans agree — assisted GNSS or A-GNSS provides the best means for locating emergency callers using mobile phones. Although the question of who should pay is remains to be answered, new regulations aimed at enabling the service now seem inevitable.

May 18, 2014

Lawmaker: No Prospect of Federal Funding for FAA UAS Test Ranges

No federal funding is available nor will there be for the six test ranges chosen to help integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace, a key lawmaker told attendees at a prominent conference on unmanned systems.

“I don’t see Congress doing that [providing money for the ranges],” said Frank LoBiondo, R–New Jersey, the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee in response to a question during an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI 2014) conference in Orlando, Florida, last week.

May 17, 2014

Sixth GPS IIF Spacecraft Launches

On Friday (May 16, 2014) the U. S. Air Force successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite on board a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle. The launch took place at 8:03 EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The GPS IIF generation of satellites, built by The Boeing Corporation, provides greater navigational accuracy through improvements in atomic clock technology, a more resilient signal for commercial aviation and safety-of-life applications and a longer design life of 12 years.

May 8, 2014

ESA GNSS Summer School Offers Technical and Business Courses

The European Space Agency (ESA) International Summer School on GNSS 2014 take place July 21–31 on the campus of the Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Held in conjunction with the European Commission Joint Research Center’s Summer School on GNSS, the program is open to graduate students (with a first university degree), Ph.D. candidates, early-stage researchers, and young professional seeking to broaden their knowledge.

May 6, 2014

FAA Authorizes UAS Flights at Alaska Test Site

On Monday (May 5, 2014), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site has become operational — the second of six test organizations selected to take part in the congressionally mandated UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) initiative that the agency is leading.

April 30, 2014

Second IRNSS Satellite Reaches Orbital Location

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has reported that the second inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) has reached its intended orbital location and is operating normally.

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