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August 16, 2017

Air Force Weighs Shorter Lived GPS Satellites

The U. S. Air Force is weighing shortening the design life of the GPS satellites it buys after it finishes filling out the constellation with the final tranche of GPS III spacecraft.

Space Command reached out to the industry late last month asking for feedback on the ramifications of scaling back on the elements that make the GPS space vehicles (SVs) the “Energizer Bunnies” of space — the satellites that just go and go and go.

August 11, 2017

NASA Statement, Website, Address How Total Eclipse May Impact GNSS

By now, we’ve all heard plenty about the upcoming eclipse of the sun. On Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun, and the rare event is creating quite a buzz, so much so that NASA developed a website to offer guidance and has issued a statement about its effect on GNSS users.

August 7, 2017

DHS hosts 2017 First Responder Electronic Jamming Exercise; Chronos Technology Selected to Participate

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is resolute in making first responders safer and more aware of jamming and its potential impact to their communications, safety and ability to execute their mission. S&T is combatting jamming threats by evaluating the threat, developing and testing mitigation technologies, working with public safety agencies to update training procedures, and raising awareness of jamming threats and characteristics.

July 31, 2017

OCX Delayed Again as Development Jumps to $6 Billion

The development cost for the new GPS ground system has jumped to $6 billion and the schedule has slipped another nine months due to "realized program technical risks" and the need to refresh out-of-date hardware and software, according to the U.S. Air Force.

July 31, 2017

Funding Boosted for GPS Backup and WAAS, but Civil GPS Funding in Question

On July 27, while most of Washington was focused on the Senate's healthcare drama, House lawmakers quietly passed their defense appropriation bill and approving in the process a last-minute spending boost for the demonstration of a GPS backup.

July 28, 2017

GSA: India a High-Tech Partner for European GNSS

With a strong global economy and evolving ambitions to play a bigger role in space systems and GNSS capabilities, India and the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) have indeed become a bigger player after several technological advances in recent months.

July 25, 2017

Australia’s First GPS Infrastructure Officially in Space

This has been a productive year so far for Australia in terms of GPS breakthroughs, but plans are in place for the country to continue to make big strides in GPS technology and precise positioning programs.

Spatial Source — Australia and New Zealand’s first website covering the geospatial, surveying, GIS and mapping communities — reports that Australia officially has its first GPS infrastructure in space, according to the nation’s Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.

July 24, 2017

Reports of Mass GPS Spoofing Attack in the Black Sea Strengthen Calls for PNT Backup

After reports of an apparent mass and blatant GPS spoofing attack involving more than 20 vessels in the Black Sea last month, navigation experts and maritime executives are scratching their heads and the president of the Resilient Navigation and Timing (RNT) Foundation is hoping this latest incident will help spur more action toward building an eLoran complement and backup for GPS.

July 17, 2017

GPS Official: Expect One Follow-on GPS III Contractor, Tech Insertion Points

The U.S. Air Force will hold a full and open competition for the next GPS III contract and is focused on choosing a single contractor for all 22 satellites to limit engineering costs, a GPS program official told the United States' leading satellite navigation experts.

July 17, 2017

GPS Expert Scott Pace Named to National Space Council

Scott Pace, a grand master of space policy with particular expertise in satellite navigation, has been chosen by the White House to be executive secretary of the newly revived and potentially powerful National Space Council.

"Ever since the Trump Administration indicated that it would re-establish the Space Council," wrote Marcia Smith of spacepolicyonline.com, "his is virtually the only name rumored to be in the running to serve as the head of its staff."

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