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February 28, 2014

Change in GPS IIR/IIR-M Satellite Battery Charging Will Extend Mission Life

Modifications in the battery charging protocol of on-orbit GPS satellites are expected to substantially extend the mission life of the spacecraft — a particularly timely development as technical and financial difficulties have raised doubts about keeping the system’s next-generation Block III satellites on schedule for launch readiness.

February 28, 2014

Pentagon Chooses Global Hawk over U-2, Trims Other Unmanned Systems

With the war in Afghanistan winding down and the pressure against federal spending increasing, the Pentagon is reconfiguring itself for leaner peacetime operations and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are among the programs being affected.

February 27, 2014

E-GNSS for Road Transport: On Galileo’s Home Field

Road transport has always been a key sector for European GNSS, but safety- and security-related applications bring special challenges along with the opportunities. European Union (EU) officials speaking at a conference in Brussels last week explained why.

“Road transport is largest GNSS market opportunity,” said Gian-Gherardo Calini, head of market development at the European GNSS Agency (GSA). “This is 46.2 percent of the current GNSS market. Road transport is the key market.”

February 21, 2014

GPS IIF-5 Heads for Orbit

The U. S. Air Force successfully launched the fifth GPS Block IIF satellite yesterday evening (February 20) from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

February 20, 2014

Proposed FCC E911 Rule Would Strengthen Indoor Location Accuracy Requirement

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today (February 20, 2014) proposed rules to help emergency responders better locate wireless callers reporting emergencies.

February 14, 2014

House Committee Moves to Block Loran-C Teardowns

Lawmakers overseeing the Coast Guard approved language this week that would stop the agency from dismantling facilities needed for eLoran, a proposed system that has gained wide support as a backup in case GPS signals are jammed, blocked, spoofed, or otherwise rendered unusable.

In “markups” or adjustments to language in the FY 2015 Coast Guard authorization bill, a House transportation subcommittee proposes to halt the tearing down of stations in the Coast Guard’s old Loran-C navigation system, which was turned off in 2010.

February 14, 2014

FAA Zaps UAV-Delivered Valentine's Day Flowers

An enterprising Michigan florist beat Amazon to the skies with a delivery of flowers via an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

But then the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) shut them down before the industry’s second-biggest season of the year — Valentine’s Day.

Ahhhh, shucks!

February 7, 2014

NextGen Costs Could Triple as Project Completion Slips Years

The cost for the nation’s new air traffic control system could triple to $120 billion and require an additional decade to finish, the government’s top transportation watchdog told lawmakers this week.

February 6, 2014

Galileo Leaders, Vision Coalesce at EU Space Policy Conference

Last week’s Conference on EU Space Policy in Brussels — under the theme, “What direction for Europe in space between now and 2020?” — featured spirited calls for closer cooperation and the formation of a united front as Europe moves towards early Galileo services at the end of this year.

Falling somewhere between a team-building exercise and a love-fest, the amiable and optimistic sentiments expressed by European space leaders reflected a marked change of tone from those in recent months.

February 6, 2014

Poll Reveals Range of European Attitudes on Willingness to Use GNSS-Guided Automated Vehicles

Results from a Eurobarometer poll released last week show general support for space activities among European residents, but intriguing national and demographic differences in attitudes toward GNSS-based automated vehicles.

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