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December 26, 2009

GPS III Contractor Helps Washington Navigate the Delaware

Lockheed Martin Space Systems bestowed a $400,000 Christmas present on a Pennsylvania park district, helping preserve the organization’s 57-year-old tradition of re-enacting Gen. George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 during the Revolutionary War.

December 18, 2009

President Signs Appropriations Measure with GPS Civil Funds

President Obama signed the Fiscal Year (FY10) consolidated appropriations bill (H.R. 3288) on Wednesday (December 16), which will fund a number of civil GPS initiatives in the coming year.

December 1, 2009

DARPA Network Challenge Abandons GPS for the Power of Social Networking

(Updated December 7, 2009) A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team won the DARPA Network Challenge on Saturday, December 5. They took home a $40,000 cash prize from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The team successfully located 10 eight-foot diameter, bright red weather balloons moored in plain site at locations across the United States.

Apparently, the DARPA personnel in charge were sensitive to frigid winter weather in the heartland -  most of the balloons turned out to be moored in pleasant places for an outdoor December search: Portland, Oregon; San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California; Scottsdale, Arizona; Katy, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Miami, Florida; Charlottesville, Virginia; and Christiana, Delaware.

April 27, 2010 - April 28, 2010
Huntville, Alabama USA
April 21, 2010 - April 22, 2010
Anaheim, California USA
November 12, 2009

Interstate Receiver Tracks New Military Signal


L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC)
has announced that its latest modernized GPS receiver has successfully acquired and tracked live block IIR-M satellite M-Code (pseudo–M-Code) signals indicating proper operation of many receiver functions.

November 11, 2009

Obama Signs Bills Cutting Funds for eLoran, HIGPS, GPS OCX

President Obama had a big day on October 28, signing 2010 bills for the departments of defense (DoD) and homeland security (DHS) that cut significant programs — eLoran, HIGPS, OCX — connected with the Global Positioning System.

November 13, 2009

U.S. Air Force Plans to Improve GPS Constellation Geometry for Military Forces in Afghanistan

U.S. Air Force officials are moving to reconfigure the GPS constellation to create a 27-satellite geometry that will improve the availability and accuracy of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities for U.S. military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Although the constellation currently has 30 operational space vehicles (SVs), not including the SVN49/PRN1 that has still not been set healthy, a number of the spacecraft are located nearby other satellites — effectively creating a 24-SV geometry. (See accompanying figure.)

January 25, 2010 - January 27, 2010
San Diego, California USA
New Builds • November 6, 2009

Hemisphere GPS Unveils New Antennas, DGPS Receiver for Handheld Mapping

Hemisphere GPS has launched its XF102 DGPS receiver, the latest addition to the company’s XF-Series of differential GPS receivers for handheld mapping.

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