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December 10, 2015

Power Lowered, Receiver Standards Dropped in LightSquared, Deere Deal

In a change of direction the new LightSquared team has dropped its lawsuit against the federal government and reached a separate settlement in its lawsuit against Deere & Company that has wide-ranging implications for the GNSS community.

Under the deal LightSquared has agreed to lock in lower power limits and drop its push for GPS receiver standards in exchange for Deere dropping its opposition to LightSquared's terrestrial broadband network.

December 9, 2015

Latest GPS IIF Satellite Now Operational

The Air Force Second Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) reports that the GPS Block IIF-11, (SVN-73/PRN-10) satellite has been set healthy and is fully operational. Launched October 31, SVN-73 has replaced SVN-47 in the E plane slot E2.  

December 9, 2015

GPS OCX Delayed, Again

The Air Force is weighing its options for a new GPS ground system after a detailed review last week revealed the system would be further delayed — perhaps to as late as 2023.

December 2, 2015

Two New Galileo Satellites Enter Service

Another pair of Galileo satellites is now fully operational, broadcasting navigation signals and, since Tuesday (December 1, 2015), transmitting search and rescue messages worldwide.

Galileos 7 and 8 were launched from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana on March 27. Their navigation payloads underwent a lengthy test campaign confirming their performance and integration into the worldwide Galileo ground network.

November 30, 2015

Broad Support for GNSS-Based Transportation Tech in New Highway Bill

The House and Senate, now working with a fresh extension, have until December 4 to hammer out the details of a new highway bill. The legislation will authorize — but not necessarily appropriate — Highway Fund monies for state roadways for as long as six years and likely spin up research into intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and connected and autonomous vehicle technology — three sectors that rely on GNSS for success.

November 30, 2015

Cryptic DHS Reorganization Plan Omits Mention of Protecting GPS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reorganizing the vast directorate responsible for cybersecurity and the nation's critical infrastructure. Thus far, however, protecting the GPS signals essential to most of that infrastructure hasn't rated a public mention in the plans.

The reorganization of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) got underway in July, the month after the Office of Personnel Management revealed a computer beach that left the fingerprints and personal information of 5.6 million federal employees in the hands of hackers.

November 23, 2015

ESA Names Verhoef to head Galileo, Sat Nav Directorate

In an specially convened meeting over the weekend, the European Space Agency (ESA) Council has named Paul Verhoef, a 25-year veteran of the European Commission (EC) to serve as director of Galileo Program and Navigation-Related Activities (D/NAV).

November 17, 2015

ULA Drops Out of GPS III Launch Competition

The United Launch Alliance (ULA) send-off of the 12th GPS Block IIF satellite scheduled for next February 3 may turn out to be the last GPS launch for the Boeing/Lockheed Martin joint venture — at least for a while. ULA did not submit a bid to launch the next generation of GPS satellites (GPS III).

November 17, 2015

Positive Train Control Postponed

When the President signed a three-week extension — until Friday (November 20, 2015) — of federal transportation funding, he also gave railroads another three years to install positive train control or PTC on their locomotives and rail networks.

Rail operators now have until 2018 to upgrade their systems — plus another two years to actually get them working.

November 12, 2015

ITU World Radiocommunication Conference Allocates Spectrum for ADS-B Tracking of Aircraft

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, agreed Wednesday (November 11, 2015) to allocate RF spectrum for global flight tracking in civil aviation.

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