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October 16, 2017

Shift to the Cloud at the Core of Restaged OCX Program

Key details are emerging about how Air Force managers are working to pull into line the substantially delayed and over budget program to build a new GPS ground system.

October 13, 2017

Air Force Declares First Lockheed Martin GPS III Satellite “Available for Launch”

Ushering in a new era of advanced Global Positioning System technology, the U.S. Air Force this week declared the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite “Available for Launch.”

The Air Force’s “AFL” declaration is the final acceptance of Lockheed Martin’s first GPS III Space Vehicle (GPS III SV01) prior to its expected 2018 launch. GPS III SV01 will bring new capabilities to U.S. and allied military forces, and a new civil signal that will improve future connectivity worldwide for commercial and civilian users.

October 12, 2017

Advisory Board Invites Ligado to the Podium

The nation's leading satellite navigation experts have invited Ligado Networks, a firm whose plans are widely viewed by many as a threat to satnav, to present at their November 15 meeting. If the company accepts, it could illuminate the structure of the terrestrial service it has in mind and either ease, or add fuel to, the ongoing dispute between Ligado and the GPS community.

October 11, 2017

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles to Play a Major Part in Smart Columbus Projects

If all goes as planned, Columbus, Ohio will become one of the smarter cities around, using drones to deliver medical supplies, autonomous shuttles for college students, and a smart infrastructure that will help with buses, traffic congestion, collision avoidance for both vehicles and pedestrians, and much more.

October 9, 2017

Spoofing Incident Report: An Illustration of Cascading Security Failure

Editor’s Note: Logan Scott, a GPS signal expert and a consultant specializing in radio frequency signal processing and waveform design for communications, navigation, and other systems, wrote this report following an incident at the ION GNSS+ 2017 conference in which spoofing by a GNSS signal generator affected numerous smartphones.

October 6, 2017

ION Presents Professor Terry Moore with Prestigious Johannes Kepler Award

The Institute of Navigation’s (ION) Satellite Division presented Professor Terry Moore with its Johannes Kepler Award September 29, 2017 at the ION GNSS+ Conference (Portland, Oregon) for his outstanding contributions to the development of satellite navigation through a sustained and distinguished professional career devoted to research and teaching.

September 28, 2017

Honey Shares his Lifetime of Navigation with Boats, Cars and Sports During Keynote Speech

As a child Stan Honey taught himself navigation and he admits he was “always good at math” and “just found navigation interesting.”

When he shared his many tales with the crowd in the Oregon Ballroom Tuesday night at the ION GNSS+ during the Plenary Session, the Yale- and Stanford-trained engineer entertained the audience with a wealth of information on early navigation systems, current navigation technologies, and how he and his colleagues developed many of the systems used to enhance the way millions of fans watch sports on television.

September 28, 2017

GNSS Program Update: Dozens of NavSats Set to Launch in Next 40 Months

If all goes as planned the world’s satellite navigation providers will be launching dozens of satellites between now and the end of the decade.

The activity just this year and next is remarkable, said John Betz of the MITRE Corp., who co-chaired the panel with José- Ángel Ávila-Rodriguez of the European Space Agency.

September 27, 2017

AFSPC Commander Holding Steady Through Sea of Changes

The ground was already shifting when Gen. John (Jay) Raymond took charge of Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) in October 2016. Just six months before, his predecessor Gen. John Hyten had announced the Space Enterprise Vision, a new way of approaching space asset development, management and protection now that space had become both contested and far more crowded. There were issues across the space, ground and user segments of the GPS program; sequestration was still looming and Congress was looking closely at how to reorganize the way the Air Force managed its space programs.

September 26, 2017

Would Reorganizing Space Management Help GPS? Three Experts Weigh In

The battle lines over restructuring the management of military space were drawn sharply Sept. 18 when the Senate passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018.

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