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April 30, 2013

Air Force Examining Broader Options for Next GPS III Satellite Buy

The Air Force will decide this fall whether to build more GPS III satellites or move to a new generation of spacecraft, the leader of Air Force Space Command told Congress last week.

“We’re on contract right now . . . through (GPS III) satellite vehicle number eight. Satellite vehicles nine and beyond – the acquisition strategy for that – will be debated in the fall,” General William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), told the House Armed Services Committee on April 25.

April 30, 2013

Defense Department CIO Teresa Takai Gets Positioning, Navigation and Timing Brief

A Department of Defense Directive (DoDD 5144.02) issued April 22 clarifies the positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) responsibilities for Teresa Takai, the assistant secretary of defense for networks and information integration (NII) and the DoD’s chief information officer (CIO).

April 30, 2013

NASA Successfully Launches Three Smartphone Satellites

ET may have an improved method to phone home and satellite operators, a new way to position and control satellites — smartphones in space.

April 24, 2013

North Korea’s GPS Jamming Prompts South Korea to Endorse Nationwide eLoran System

GPS jamming attacks from North Korea that have increased in frequency and duration since they began August 2010 have prompted the South Korean government to implement an enhanced Loran (eLoran) systems that will cover the entire country by 2016.

The South Korean government completed design, development, and construction documents for the eLoran system in February and will procure the system infrastructure through international competitive bidding.

April 16, 2013

U.S. Agencies Seek Comments on Future Uses of NDGPS

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), is seeking public comments on the current and future user needs for the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS).

April 16, 2013

Military GPS Budget Appears Steady as President Bids to Slow Defense Cuts

Spending pressures on the Pentagon seem to be coming from every direction, and the GPS program appears unlikely to avoid them entirely.

The growing needs of veterans are poised to force up health care budgets and higher transportation costs and operating tempos have dug a $22 billion-hole in the accounts for Overseas Contingency Operations in places such as Afghanistan.

April 16, 2013

Galileo Satellite Achieves High Earth Orbit Positioning with GPS

When the European Space Agency launched its Galileo In-Orbit Validation Element-A (GIOVE-A) satellite in 2005, its main mission was to transmit Galileo test signals that secured the system’s frequencies, evaluate hardware under space environmental conditions, and so forth.  

Ventures • April 16, 2013

Locata Installation Supports U.S. Vehicle Crash Avoidance Research

In announcing the selection of its terrestrial positioning system as the core PNT technology for the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Vehicle Research Center (VRC), Locata Corporation has opened up a new front in its campaign to augment or replace GNSS in application environments where the latter technology is unreliable or unavailable.

April 12, 2013

A First-Hand Look at Smithsonian’s New Exhibit That Links Time and Navigation

Thanks to an accident of renovation, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space museum is now the home to a substantial new exhibit that opened today (April 12, 2013), “Time and Navigation: The Untold Story of Getting from Here to There.”

April 10, 2013

GPS Design Changes Will Add Waveform Generator, Dual-Launch Capability, and More

A redesign of the GPS satellites under development by Lockheed Martin will add a signal waveform generator, search and rescue payload, laser retroreflector array (LRA), and dual-launch capability beginning with Space Vehicle 9 (SV09).

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