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May 3, 2012

Cybersecurity Bills Could Reshape GPS Anti-Interference Efforts

Legislation moving through Congress could reshape efforts to counter GPS interference as the government steps up its efforts to fight cybercrime and protect critical systems like the power grid and communications networks.

Though cybersecurity generally focuses on protecting information systems the broad definitions in some legislation now on the Hill appear to encompass GPS support systems, some user communities, and even the constellation itself.

April 30, 2012

Common GPS Galileo Civil Signal Could Go Back on the Table in Patent Dispute

The U.S. government is so unhappy about a British patent claim on the new civil GPS signal that, if things cannot be worked out, officals might consider abandoning the countries’ interoperable signal structure, sources told Inside GNSS.

April 30, 2012

Falcone Appears Ready to Step Away from LightSquared Role in Face of Creditors, GPS Interference

Harbinger Capital Management LLC fund manager Philip Falcone has reportedly agreed to eventually withdraw from his leadership position with LightSquared Inc., the would-be wireless broadband that ran into problems because its proposed terrestrial transmitters would have caused interference to GPS receivers.

May 28, 2012 - May 30, 2012
St. Petersburg, Russia
April 27, 2012

British Military Claims Patent on GPS, Galileo Civil Signal Structure

The British military establishment is seeking royalties from GPS receiver manufacturers, asserting it holds a patent on the technology at the heart of the new GPS and Galileo civil signals.

Should U.S. manufacturers have to pay royalties, American GPS users, who have already paid for the GPS constellation and made it available to the world free of charge, could find themselves spending more to use its location capabilities. Sources said the development could undermine relations between the U.S. and the European Union (EU), which have cooperated for years to develop a common signal at the L1/E1 frequency centered at 1575.42 MHz.

April 25, 2012

DARPA Seeks New Inertial-Atomic Sensor to Enable Military Missions in GPS-Denied Areas

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched a search for an atomic inertial sensor to measure orientation in GPS-denied environments.

The Chip-Scale Combinatorial Atomic Navigator (C-SCAN) initiative seeks to create a sensor that integrates small size, low power consumption, high resolution of motion detection, and a fast startup time into a single package.

April 26, 2012

NASA Backs Test of Real-time GPS Earthquake Mitigation Network

Evolution of real-time GNSS reference networks and data processing has evolved to the point that NASA-backed researchers believe they can soon implement large-scale demonstration tests to provide earthquake and tsunami alerts to the general public and emergency responders.

May 1, 2012 - May 2, 2012
Los Angeles, California USA
April 24, 2012

FAA Extends Raytheon’s WAAS Contract

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Raytheon Company a two-year contract extension to continue to provide services for the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The $30.1 million contract extends the period of performance through Sept. 24, 2013.

April 24, 2012 - April 27, 2012
Boulder, Colorado USA
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