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People • January 5, 2017

Chicago-Area Magazine Editor Joins Inside GNSS

Stan Goff, a seasoned writer and editor for a variety of professional magazines, has joined Inside GNSS as managing editor. He will be responsible for day-to-day operations and production of the print publication and insidegnss.com.

He will work with founding editor Glen Gibbons.

Goff lives and works in the Chicago area, where he spent 17 years as a senior editor and executive editor for Advanstar Communications business to business magazines. Earlier, he was a sports editor for Sun Publications.

People • January 5, 2017

Vidal Ashkenazi Awarded OBE for GNSS Role in Services to Science

Nottingham Scientific Ltd (NSL) has announced that the company’s founder and CEO, Professor Vidal Ashkenazi, has been named an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE ) in the 2017 New Year's Honors List for “Services to Science.”

The OBE was created by King George V in 1917 and is awarded by the ruling monarch of the United Kingdom, currently Queen Elizabeth II. The honor recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the civil service, and work with charitable and welfare organizations.

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December 27, 2016

Air Force Continues to Test GPS III Satellite

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) says it continues to work on GPS III ceramic capacitor testing and plans to have an updated launch schedule published late next month.

As Inside GNSS reported, the first GPS III satellite's delivery, originally scheduled for August, was delayed by four months because of a Lockheed Martin subcontractor's failure to test a ceramic capacitor.

December 24, 2016

Defense Authorization Bill Signals Full GPS Funding, Pushes GPS Back-Up

Yesterday (December 23, 2016) President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, a $619-billion bill with a number of provisions affecting satellite navigation.

The legislation (S. 2943) fully authorizes the administration's requests for all the elements of the GPS program — and signals indirectly that appropriators eventually will provide comparable support — although the NDAA does put additional requirements on those developing the new GPS ground system.

Ventures • December 21, 2016

u-blox GNSS Module Featured in Tracking Device

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has announced that two of its products have been used by Cobilsys to create a small, battery-powered asset tracking device.

Cobilsys' ATPACK tracker measures 53 by 48 by 15 millimeters and can be used to track the location of cars, motorcycles, and pets, the company said. The product uses a u-blox EVA-M8M, the industry's smallest GNSS module, which works with GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDou, the company said.

December 15, 2016

European Commission Declares Galileo Initial Services Available for Use

Today (December 15, 2016) the European Commission (EC), owner of Europe’s GNSS system, Galileo, formally announced the start of Galileo Initial Services, the first step towards full operational capability.

Further launches will continue to build the satellite constellation, which will gradually improve the system performance and availability worldwide.

December 15, 2016

NASA Launches CYGNSS Space-Based Hurricane Watch

NASA successfully launched eight Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) microsatellites this morning (December 15, 2016) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The CYGNSS spacecraft rode into orbit onboard an Orbital ATK air-launched Pegasus XL rocket. Orbital ATK's modified L-1011 aircraft deployed the Pegasus XL and its CYNGSS payload at 39,000 feet, the agency said.

December 13, 2016

Air Force Approves Lockheed Martin's GPS Ground Control Design

The U.S. Air Force has approved Lockheed Martin's current GPS satellite ground control system upgrade to enable it to operate with more powerful and accurate GPS III satellites, the company said.

The Air Force's Critical Design Review (CDR) for the Contingency Operations (COps) contract, completed on November 17, allows Lockheed Martin to proceed with the modification of the existing Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP) Operational Control Segment. The AEP, maintained by Lockheed Martin, controls the 31 GPS IIR, IIR-M and IIF satellites in orbit.

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