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May 1, 2016

FCC Opens GPS-Adjacent Ligado Proposal for Comment

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is officially asking for feedback on a proposal by Ligado Networks to repurpose frequencies near the GPS band for a terrestrial broadband network. The long-delayed public notice and comment period is a step in the approval process, although there is no assurance that Ligado's plan for a new wireless service — which may still cause interference to GPS receivers — will get the go-ahead.

April 29, 2016

India Completes IRNSS Constellation

Yesterday (April 28, 2016) the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the seventh and final spacecraft for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The satellite, IRNSS-1G, was placed into orbit by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33).

According to ISRO, the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi, watched the launch and “heartily thanked and congratulated” all the scientists and ISRO team for completing the IRNSS constellation, which he dedicated to the nation as “NavIC” (Navigation Indian Constellation).

April 29, 2016

Two More Galileo Satellites Set Healthy

Europe’s latest navigation satellites, launched last December, have been officially commissioned into the Galileo constellation, and are now broadcasting working navigation signals.

Galileos 11 and 12 were launched together on a Soyuz rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December.

The satellites’ navigation payloads were submitted to a gamut of tests, centered on the European Space Agency’s Redu center in Belgium, which possesses a 20 meter-diameter antenna to analyze the satellites’ signals in great detail.

April 27, 2016

SpaceX Snares GPS III Launch Services Contract

The Air Force announced today (April 27, 2016) the award to Space Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of an $82.7-million contract for GPS III Launch Services.

The Air Force characterized the contract as “the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade.” However, a decision last November by the United Launch Alliance (ULA), a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed, not to compete for this GPS III launch effectively left SpaceX as the only bidder.

April 27, 2016

Lawmaker Presses DoD on eLoran’s GPS Backup Role

[Updated April 29, 2016] A key lawmaker is pressing the Department of Defense (DoD) about its lack of support for a plan it helped devised to protect the US from the consequences of losing GPS service.

April 26, 2016

European Satellite Navigation Competition Launches 2016 Edition

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2016 — this year’s incarnation of the largest international competition for commercial GNSS applications — is once again looking for outstanding ideas and business models. Entries will be accepted from until June 30 at the ESNC website.

Major institutions and regional partners are set to award prizes worth a total of €1 million in more than 25 categories.

April 21, 2016

ISRO to Launch Last IRNSS Spacecraft

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced plans to launch the final satellite for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) on April 28.

The IRNSS-1G launch is scheduled for 12:50 p.m. local time from Satish Dhawan Space Center, in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, India, with the navigation payload being carried into space on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33).

April 20, 2016

DHS Demonstrates eLoran Precision Timing Technology at the New York Stock Exchange

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced today (April 20, 2016)  the successful demonstration of Enhanced Loran (eLoran) for precision timing of financial transactions at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

The demonstration at the NYSE was hosted by Juniper Networks on April 19 and presented to technical representatives from the financial services, energy, and communication sectors.

April 15, 2016

EU Approves New Rule on Personal Data Protection, including Geolocation

Yesterday (April 14, 2016) the European Parliament approved new rules on personal data — including geolocation — that create a high, uniform level of data protection across the European Union.  The measure also sets minimum standards on use of data for policing and judicial purposes.

April 15, 2016

U.S. Military Programs Address GPS Loss, Degradation

The Pentagon is executing a technology offset strategy designed to recapture some of the military advantage conveyed by America's innovation edge.

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