Aerospace and Defense

August 13, 2018

Public Interface Control Working Group and Forum for NAVSTAR GPS Set for Sept. 12

The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate will host the 2018 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Public Forum on September 12, 2018 for the following NAVSTAR GPS public documents: IS-GPS-200 (Navigation User Interfaces), IS-GPS-705 (User Segment L5 Interfaces), IS-GPS-800 (User Segment L1C Interface), ICD-GPS-240 (NAVSTAR GPS Control Segment to User Support Community Interfaces), and ICD-GPS-870 (NAVSTAR GPS Control Segment to User Support Community Interfaces).

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By Inside GNSS
August 10, 2018

Benefits Delivered by Galileo Already Being Felt by EU Citizens, Businesses

The Galileo constellation took another big step towards full operational capability with the successful launch last month of four satellites on-board an Ariane 5 launcher. Representatives of leading industry that have adopted Galileo then held a special press briefing for journalists from across the continent to address updates on how European citizens and businesses are already taking advantage of benefits delivered by Galileo.

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By Stan Goff
August 7, 2018

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Announces Two New Board Members

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is excited to announce the addition of Al Di Leonardo and Patty Mims to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. USGIF’s Board includes 26 directors representing the many aspects of the broad and expanding GEOINT Community.

Di Leonardo is an experienced intelligence and special operations officer and is widely recognized as a subject matter expert in analytical tradecraft, and Mims is currently director of Global National Government at USGIF Organizational Member Esri.

“I am pleased that professionals of this experience and caliber are part of the USGIF leadership,” said The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris, Chairman of USGIF’s Board of Directors.

Di Leonardo has more than 25 years of government experience centered at the National Security Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and Joint Special Operations Command. As a career U.S. Army Intelligence Officer, he earned the Bronze Star Medal from U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) for his work in Afghanistan and Iraq and led SOCOM’s first geospatial big data innovation cell. After retiring from the Army, Di Leonardo founded HumanGeo, a tech company that created software solutions at the intersection of big data, social media, and geospatial intelligence that he later sold to The Radiant Group. As president of The Radiant Group, he led the integration of five companies while simultaneously rebranding the team as “Radiant” and significantly growing revenue, leading to Radiant’s acquisition by DigitalGlobe.

“Al brings rich operational and analytic experience across important market sectors to the USGIF boardroom,” Harris said. “His understanding of both mission and business effectiveness will be invaluable to help drive the USGIF working groups and technical forums.”

In her current role at Esri, Mims oversees all business development across the U.S. federal government, including intelligence, defense, public safety, and civilian as well as provides support to nonprofit programs globally and national government organizations around the world. Mims was Esri’s Director of Intelligence Programs from 2012 to 2015, and in this role managed all activities across the U.S. Intelligence Community and State Department. She has also held positions at Esri as team lead for the company’s Defense Installation Team and account lead for the Defense and Intelligence Team. Prior to joining Esri, Mims worked for an international software company where she supported customers around the world as manager of Technical Support and Training.

“Patty operates at the intersection of commercial and defense and intelligence geographic information systems,” Harris said. “Her market understanding and technical expertise will add great value to the Foundation as we help build improved tradecraft.”

By Inside GNSS

ESA Trainees Develop Smartphone Apps to View Galileo Satellites

The European Space Agency (ESA) recently ran an internal competition for its trainees to develop an app capable of making positioning fixes using only Galileo satellites. ESA challenged these young graduate and national trainees to develop smartphone apps to perform satellite navigation fixes solely with the use of Galileo satellites. Three teams developed apps in their spare time, presenting their results to a jury of experts from ESA, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and Google.

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By Inside GNSS
July 22, 2018

ESA Initiative Seeks to Boost GNSS Applications in European Rail Network

July 17, 2018

GPS Budget On Track for Near-Full Funding

Senate Seeks Report on OCX Alternative

Both the Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee have now passed their spending bills, largely agreeing with the White House and their House counterparts on funding levels for the GPS program with the exceptions of nearly tripling the House cut to the GPS IIIF program and taking a shot across the bow of the new GPS ground system.

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By Dee Ann Divis