July 29, 2009
Enhanced Loran (eLoran) has survived through multiple generations of official ambivalence about the proposed backup for the U.S. Global Positioning System. Currently, the program is in (almost) on-again status.
The latest chapter began with President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) budget proposal, which called for termination of Loran in the coming year. At a May 7 press conference, the president described Loran as a system that’s been eclipsed by the rise of GPS.
August 5, 2009
(Updated 11 a.m. (PDT), includes additional details from the GPS Wing)
A $97.4-million reduction in the GPS program made by the U.S. House of Representatives would affect the modernization program for the operational control segment (OCX), not the GPS III satellite budget as reported earlier.
In adopting the action of its appropriations committee, the full House approved H.R. 3326, the Department of Defense (DoD) Fiscal Year 2010 (FY10) budget, on July 30. The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee on August 3. In its report on the bill, the House committee said it made the cuts because of contract delays in the OCX program.
July 20, 2009
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has awarded a new $82 million contract to Raytheon Company to modernize the Indian air navigation system.
Raytheon will build the ground stations for the GPS-Aided Geosynchronous Augmented Navigation System (GAGAN), and the Indian Space Research Organization will provide the space segment and additional ground equipment. GAGAN will provide satellite-based navigation for civil aviation over Indian airspace and adjoining areas in south and east Asia.
September 14, 2009 - September 17, 2009
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New Builds • July 16, 2009
Spirent Communications has launched its GSS6700 Multi-GNSS Constellation Simulator with test test capability GPS, GLONASS, and the planned European Galileo system.
July 17, 2009
After GPS Wing engineers and contractors figure out how to solve the elevation-dependent signal anomalies on the latest GPS satellite — Space Vehicle Number 49 (SVN49), they may want to take a look at another nine Block IIR and IIR-M spacecraft that European scientists say exhibit similar, but less severe, behavior.
In an article that will appear in the July/August issue of Inside GNSS, Tim Springer and Florian Dilssner, GNSS engineers in the Navigation Support Office of the European Space Operations Center (ESOC), described the effects of the anomaly as well as the U.S. Air Force’s initial attempts to solve the problem by altering the broadcast satellite orbital positions and time. A version of the article was posted June 25 on the magazine’s website.
July 17, 2009
New Builds • July 17, 2009
According to Racelogic, the software can simulate user-defined dynamic GPS scenarios from scratch anywhere in the world.
July 15, 2009
Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) and Boeing have achieved two major milestones to further develop and demonstrate capability enhancements to the High Integrity Global Positioning System (iGPS) program for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.
Ventures • July 13, 2009
GPS Networking, Inc., a provider of GPS/GNSS signal distribution equipment and accessories since 1999, is moving effective July 15.
The company is remaining in Pueblo, Colorado, and moving into a larger facility at 3915A Outlook Blvd, Pueblo CO 81008.
GPS Networking's phone number (1-800-463-3063/1-719-595-9880), fax number (719-595-9890) and website address <www.gpsnetworking.com> will also remain the same.