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May 25, 2017

Raytheon Launches GEO 6 Payload to Improve GPS Accuracy for Safer, More Efficient Air Travel

With designs on providing a boost to navigation safety and efficiency for commercial and general aviation, Raytheon Company on May 18 launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12-year mission. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) which enhances the reliability and accuracy of GPS signals for directing air travel.

May 16, 2017

Outlook for Civil GNSS Budget: Overcast with a Chance of Cuts

Though civilian GNSS activities fared reasonably well in the just-signed 2017 federal budget, the White House has already forecast cuts across non-defense agencies next year leaving the funding outlook for civil GNSS programs uncertain at best.

President Trump signed the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) spending bill on May 5, preventing another government shutdown and ensuring funding for agencies including the Department of Transportation (DoT), which is responsible for supporting civil GPS needs.

May 16, 2017

ICAO Seeks Input in Fast-Track Effort to Develop Drone Flight Framework

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations agency responsible for working with countries to develop and adopt global aviation standards, is stretching beyond its regular role to help states develop harmonized rules for managing drone operations — and it's asking for technical input from all sectors, including industry.

May 15, 2017

Florida Court Rules Against Law Enforcement Use of GPS Data Without a Warrant

In an opinion released earlier this spring, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled against law enforcement use of data (including GPS-based data) from a car's "event recorder" or "black box" without a warrant. The decision was just one of many in recent months that deals with the subject, as technology advances and privacy issues are clashing on a regular basis.

May 15, 2017

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Announce First Joint Product

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics (CRL) rolled out their first joint product, a real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver called Duro, at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL trade show in Dallas, Texas, May 8-11.

The companies say Duro is targeted to robotics, precision agriculture, mapping, military, outdoor industrial and maritime markets.

May 12, 2017

Galileo Search and Rescue System Officially Launched; Helping Save Lives

When Inside GNSS first reported on the formal announcement to the start of Galileo Initial Services last December, there was plenty of excitement about the program’s potential, and with good reason.

May 2, 2017

NASCTN Public Meeting to Address Impact of Long Term Evolution Signals on GPS Receivers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) will hold a public meeting on May 4, 2017 to inform the public about the NASCTN project “Impact of Long Term Evolution (LTE) signals on Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices”.

April 27, 2017

OCX Passes Deep Dive Review; GAO Says Program Risk Remains High

The new GPS ground system has passed its most recent in-depth review and completed a schedule and budget re-baselining though a new government watchdog report says the program remains at "high risk of cost overruns, schedule delays and performance shortfalls."

April 27, 2017

Door Open to New Bidders as Air Force Moves Closer to GPS III Buy  

After a couple of changes in direction and spending some $18 million to verify the technical chops of their most likely suppliers, defense officials appear ready to buy up to 22 new GPS III spacecraft. Although three firms are now well positioned to bid on the potentially lucrative contract, the Defense Department continues to leave the contracting door ajar for newcomers, just in case.

April 26, 2017

2 SOPS Bids Farewell to GPS Satellite

At 25 years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit on April 18, and the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) said goodbye via final command after disposal operations were complete. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it lasted more than triple its design life of 7.5 years.

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