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June 20, 2018

GPS IIIF: The Air Force Decides to Stick With Lockheed

Over at least half a dozen years the GPS III Follow On program has taken a number of dramatic turns only to wind up, in true soap opera fashion, with the same leading characters headed to the altar.

At the end of the latest episode, the field of suitors for the multi-billion-dollar GPS IIIF contract narrowed suddenly in April when two of the three corporate hopefuls abruptly left the field.

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By Dee Ann Divis
May 29, 2018

Commercial UAV EXPO Returns to Las Vegas in October

 

Commercial UAV EXPO Americas 2018 takes place October 1-3 at The Westgate in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you register by May 31, you can save $300 and also enter for a chance to win two free hotel nights.

A successful drone operation depends on reliable and up-to-the minute information. It’s not easy to keep up when the technology and regulations are constantly evolving. Fortunately, this event brings together the key people, the newest technology and the education you need for success — Commercial UAV Expo Americas. 

Here’s a sample of the conference programming:

Plenaries:

  • Regulatory & UTM Updates
  • IPP Update & Progress to Date
  • Powering Drones — Latest Developments
  • Security: Data, Hacking, Counter-Drone & Privacy
  • Drone Programs: In-House or Outsource?
  • Urban Air Mobility: What the Sky will Look Like in the Future

Vertical Industry “Deep-Dive” Tracks:

  • Construction
  • DOTs & Infrastructure
  • Mining & Aggregates
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Process & Power
  • Public Safety
  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Utilities
  • Wind Turbines, Cell Towers, Large-Scale Solar

Below is a selection of confirmed speakers:

  • Greg Agvent, CNN
  • Assel Ayapova, AES
  • Jaz Banga, Airspace Systems, Inc.
  • Sam Billingsley, Ragan-Smith Associates
  • Robert Blair, Three Canyon Farms
  • David Boardman, Stockpile Reports
  • Philip Buchan, Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Andrew Carey, Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Gary Cathey, California Department of Transportation
  • Darshan Divakaran, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Todd Domney, Sumac Geomatics
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media
  • Lisa Ellman, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Dan Elwell, FAA
  • Richard Fields, Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Dyan Gibbons, Trumbull Unmanned
  • Shayne Gill, AASHTO
  • Jason Goodick, Entergy Services, Inc
  • Lewis Graham, AirGon LLC
  • Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department
  • Young Kim, Digital Harvest
  • Matthew Klein, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Brad Koeckeritz, US Department of the Interior
  • Richard Lopez, Hensel Phelps
  • Jeff Lorton, Duke Joseph Agency
  • Daniel Marek, Nevada Highway Patrol
  • George Mathew, Kespry
  • Harold Miller, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department / Lake County UAS
  • Anil Nanduri, Intel
  • Michael Perry, DJI
  • Harrison Andrew Pierce, San Diego Homeland Security
  • Art Pregler, AT&T
  • Michael Ralston, Menlo Park Fire District
  • Michael Singer, DroneView Technologies
  • Colin Snow, Skylogic Research
  • Dave Truch, BP
  • Callum Walter, Queens University
  • Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Tracy Wilkinson, Renton Police Department
  • Mike Winn, DroneDeploy

Precision measurement professionals rely on Commercial UAV Expo to deliver the high-level content and quality programming they need for complex projects.

Check www.expouav.com for continual updates and here to register.

 

By Inside GNSS
April 5, 2018

Ligado Decision May Be At Hand

The federal government is rumored to be nearing a decision about Ligado Networks’ request to repurpose its satellite frequencies to also support a ground-based telecom network. Those frequencies neighbor the band used by GPS. Testing done both several years ago and more recently has shown such a system could seriously interfere with GPS receivers.

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By Dee Ann Divis
November 27, 2017

Unfinished Business

All good things must come to an end. At which point, if Fortune smiles on us, other good things begin or continue.

Case in point: as of year-end 2017 I am promoting myself to Editor Emeritus of Inside GNSS and turning to some unfinished business that I have with life. Of course, after 28 years I still have some unfinished business with GNSS, this amazing technology and industry that has more growth ahead of than behind it, more prospects for innovation, more unfinished business than ever.

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By Inside GNSS
November 14, 2017

Industry Trial of Australian SBAS Officially Launched

Another milestone has been reached in efforts to showcase the many benefits improved satellite positioning can have on industries as the Australian Government launched a trial of Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the Australasian region at an event at CQUniversity Australia’s Rockhampton campus.

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By Inside GNSS
September 19, 2017

Systemic Jamming

Figures 1 – 8, Tables 1 & 2, Equation 3

The vulnerability of GNSS to various forms of malicious interference have been widely discussed in recent years, and have considered a wide range of both real and potential attacks. Some of these have included extensive studies of commercially available jamming devices, while others have considered the more comprehensive case of spoofing, where the interference takes the form of genuine GNSS signals (For details, see papers listed in Additional Resources, including M. G. Amin et alia).

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By Inside GNSS
July 5, 2017

Rockwell Collins Fulfills GPS M-Code receiver order for Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

The M-Code receiver operates using a more powerful signal, resistant to cyber threats. Photo source: Rockwell Collins.

Rockwell Collins recently delivered the last of a 770 Military-Code (M-Code) GPS receiver order to the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (USAF SMC). Committed to the Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program, the M-Code receiver operates using a more powerful signal, resistant to cyber threats.

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By Dee Ann Divis
February 6, 2017

Criminal Liability Found in 2010 Explosion of Proton/GLONASS Satellites

Back in December of 2010, Inside GNSS reported that the loss of three GLONASS-M satellites in space resulted from a series of mistakes made by the Russian Energia rocket corporation. Now, more than six years later, Russian prosecutors have wrapped up a criminal case against four employees of Energia allegedly complicit in the crash of the Proton booster with three GLONASS satellites, and they’ve sent the case files to a court of law.

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By Inside GNSS
November 30, 2016

Exit, Pursued by a Bear

American Election 2016 — now that was something, wasn’t it?

A national unpopularity contest. Sort of Commedia dell’arte meets Monty Python, directed by Todd Phillips, with a cameo appearance by Berlusconi.

Did we find it risible? Oh, yes, but were those tears of laughter, sorrow, or disbelief?

So, while we are collectively unpacking the meaning and nonsense from two years of political theater and telling each other our fortunes for the next four, what does it portend for GNSS?

Well, the tea leaves are a little unclear.

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By Dee Ann Divis
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