Washington View appears in each issue of Inside GNSS. It covers U.S. policy and program issues involving the Global Positioning System and other GNSSes. Reporting from Washington, D.C., columnist Dee Ann Divis has written about GNSS and the aerospace industry since the early 1990s in GPS World, Geo Info Systems, Jane’s International Defense Review, the Los Angeles Times, AeroSpace Daily and other publications.
Divis is assistant managing editor – news at the Washington (D.C.) Examiner.
As a result of its spotty funding history, the civil community was, as of last year, some $50 million to $100 million short on its original commitment to the GPS program.
Changes across the board as a new threat to spectrum emerges
Budget Cuts Put GPS Redesign on Hold, Stall Modernization; Dual-Launch Still a Possibility
A successful attack on the GPS system could be particularly damaging because so many critical networks rely on its signals and on each other. Consequently, a great deal of attention is being given to its security.
Significant progress has been made in integrating two classes of small, unmanned aircraft into the national air space, an area of considerable interest for GNSS companies whose products provide navigation and guidance for many of the unmanned systems.
Increasing awareness of the ways location data is being used, and worries over personal privacy, have led consumers to regularly opt out of sharing location information and triggered protests when tracking is discovered.
Momentum is building to shift to a new constellation architecture that uses two types of GPS satellites — full-capability GPS III satellites and new lean spacecraft called NavSats.
It’s spring and privacy proposals are popping up in abundance, threatening to complicate the lives of law enforcement officers, spoil the landscape for some location-based businesses and choke off the U.S. market for commercial unmanned aerial systems before it gets off the ground.
As Congress nears the “fiscal cliff” of sequestration, delays in developing dual-satellite launch capabilities and funding civil GPS modernization could lead to a decline in the system’s constellation.
Not only have the GPS civil program funds been held up for months, but when the promised amount finally arrives, it will —again— be far short of what was budgeted.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is weeks away from approving a controversial British patent that could force American consumers to pay more for navigation devices and affect the operations of the American military.
Military managers, fidgeting like new-year dieters at a Weight Watchers meeting, anxiously wait to see what they'll have to live without now that years of war-fueled budget indulgence are over. How will GPS fare as Congress reviews the president's budget?
Budget storms have reappeared on the horizon and the fore¬cast for defense expendi¬tures, including for the GPS program, is grim with a high probability of ugly.
Faced with overwhelming evidence that its wireless broadband system would jam GPS receivers, hedge fund-backed LightSquared redirects its efforts towards Congress.
DHS may pick up the pace on its six-year-long stroll for meeting mandates on GPS interference, while the FCC presses on with LightSquared broadband plan in L1 spectrum.
The GPS community is seething over a January 26 decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) giving a conditional go ahead to a new broadband network with the potential to overwhelm GPS receivers across the country. Dee Ann Divis reports from Washington, D.C.