Aerospace and Defense

October 3, 2018

Europe To Mandate Smart Phones Use Galileo Signals

The European Commission (EC) is on track to mandate that smart phones in the European Union (EU) be capable of using signals from the Galileo satellite navigation system as well as other systems including GPS.

The move is part of a broad space strategy launched in October 2016 to strengthen the EU’s space program and maximize its benefits.

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By Dee Ann Divis
September 26, 2018

DHS Taking a Risk-Based Look at PNT Resilience

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new effort to ascertain the real-world risks posed by the loss of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) service and how those risks might be reduced, said James Platt, director of DHS’s PNT Program Management Office. On the table is testing, best practices, partnerships, a new management approach and possibly standards and a backup system.

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By Dee Ann Divis

Security and SatNav Experts Agree: GPS Is a Cybersecurity Issue

The new Cybersecurity Solarium Commission should consider addressing GPS vulnerabilities as it develops a strategy to protect the U.S. against attacks on its computer systems and infrastructure, experts agreed.

Inspired by an analysis that guided officials during the Cold War, the U.S. is about to launch a yearlong assessment of its cybersecurity situation with the goal of devising a long-term strategy

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By Dee Ann Divis
September 24, 2018

Change Is Coming: 
The Space Force and SMC 2.0

While threats to American defense satellites were climbing sharply, the costs and schedules of U.S. military space programs were on the same unsustainable trajectory — prompting lawmakers last year to begin trying to reorganize Air Force’s military space programs by creating a Space Corps. A move that, so far, has failed.

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By Dee Ann Divis

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit Announces 2019 Theme Ahead of ION GNSS+ Conference

Officials for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit will be on hand at next week’s ION GNSS+ conference in Miami and will be offering specials on registration rates for their 2019 conference in the spring.

“Augment Yourself with GNSS…”  will be the theme of the 2019 edition of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, taking place on March 25–27, 2019at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. The organizing Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) of the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen will invite experts from all over the world to talk about the latest news on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and their role for Augmented/Mixed Reality as well as other up-to-date technologies.

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By Inside GNSS
September 13, 2018

2018 Continues to Be a Big Year for China’s BeiDou

One of the more popular sessions in recent years at the annual ION GNSS+ technical meeting is the panel discussion on a variety of satellite-based navigation systems, and it appears as if Chinese officials will have plenty of updates on its BeiDou navigation and positioning system to share.

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By Stan Goff
August 29, 2018

GPS IIIF Could be Delayed If Full DOD Funding Not Approved

Though the Senate approved next year’s funding for the Department of Defense (DOD) just before its Labor Day break there are still hurdles to overcome before the fiscal year runs out on September 30. For the most part further delay should not greatly impact GPS efforts — as long as stopgap funding is secured to keep DOD’s doors open — but extending the deadline will likely put the GPS IIIF program on hold.

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By Dee Ann Divis