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April 20, 2012

Help DARPA Boldly Go Where No One Has Gone Before

We certainly hope the competitors in DARPA's Robotics Challenge hardwire Isaac Asimov's First Law of Robotics into their creations—the one that says don't harm humans.

Because the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's new contest aims to develop technology that advances robotics to the next level. The level at which robots can do what we do, go where we can't, and change shape as necessary.

April 20, 2012

U.S. Satellite Export Policy Report Retains GPS Restrictions

The Global Positioning System and GPS receivers show up several times as items of special concern in a report to Congress submitted Wednesday (April 18, 2012) by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of State. The subject is discussed in an appendix addressing “China's Space-related Strategic Goals, Capabilities, and Methods for Acquiring Technology.”

July 16, 2012 - July 26, 2012
Toulouse and Montauban, France
April 16, 2012

GPS III Satellite System and GPS OCX Have a Conversation

Raytheon Company and Lockheed Martin have successfully completed the first significant integration milestone between Raytheon’s Next Generation GPS Operational Control System (OCX) and Lockheed Martin’s GPS III satellite development.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2012

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San Francisco, California and Washington D.C., USA

March 29, 2012

Rohde & Schwarz GNSS Simulator Gains P-Code, GLONASS

Rohde & Schwarz, based in Munich, Germany, has launched two extensions to the GNSS simulator in its SMBV100A vector signal generator: GLONASS and GPS P-code capability.

The SMBV100A already had the capability to generate a range of GPS and Galileo civil signals as well as wireless standards, including GSM/EDGE, 3GPP with HSPA, LTE, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.

Inside GNSS • March/April 2012

Satellite Development Advances as GPS Survives Budget Cuts, LightSquared

The United States GPS program is without doubt the elder statesman of GNSS, but it has had some close calls recently.

At the 2012 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in March, a high-level Department of Transportation offical and the head of the Air Force GPS Directorate hailed continuing progress on the Global Positioning System's third-generation satellite development and next-generation control segment (OCX), while apparently escaping — relatively unscathed — the dual perils of Congressional budget cuts and LightSquared interference.

Events • March 20, 2012

Watch the Video: Physicists and GPS Expert Debate Results from the Large Hadron Collider

[Updated March 26, 2012] Six experts debatd the exciting - and controversial - claims of faster-than-light neutrinos from physicists who used the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator, in a European experiment that called into question the basics of modern physics.

March 21, 2012

SBIRS Decision Could Undermine Prospects for GPS Dual-Launch

The Air Force is poised to forego putting nuclear detonation detection sensors on the Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) satellites, a decision that could complicate efforts to maintain the GPS system by hampering plans to launch multiple, lighter GPS satellites on a single rocket.

Events • March 21, 2012

Register Now for the 2012 GPS Partnership Council at Los Angeles AFB in May

Registration is open for the 2012 GPS Partnership Council meeting at the USAF Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles AFB, on Tuesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 2.  As always, participants can compete in a golf tournament on an optional third day of networking and camaraderie on Wednesday, May 3.

The registration deadline is April 27.

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