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May 19, 2014

GNSS for Emergency 112 Mobile Caller Location in Europe

Europeans agree — assisted GNSS or A-GNSS provides the best means for locating emergency callers using mobile phones. Although the question of who should pay is remains to be answered, new regulations aimed at enabling the service now seem inevitable.

May 19, 2014

Flawed GPS Signal Processing Design Cited as Cause of Receiver Problems

Widespread reports of intermittent GPS receiver outages may well end this week as the U.S. Air Force wraps up an “extended navigation mode” functional checkout of a GPS satellite, designated Space Vehicle Number (SVN) 64, a Block IIF spacecraft launched in February.

The problem affects only user equipment that erroneously uses navigation message data from the  satellites, which had yet to be set "healthy."

May 18, 2014

Lawmaker: No Prospect of Federal Funding for FAA UAS Test Ranges

No federal funding is available nor will there be for the six test ranges chosen to help integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace, a key lawmaker told attendees at a prominent conference on unmanned systems.

“I don’t see Congress doing that [providing money for the ranges],” said Frank LoBiondo, R–New Jersey, the chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee in response to a question during an Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI 2014) conference in Orlando, Florida, last week.

May 17, 2014

Sixth GPS IIF Spacecraft Launches

On Friday (May 16, 2014) the U. S. Air Force successfully launched the sixth Global Positioning System (GPS) IIF satellite on board a United Launch Alliance Delta IV launch vehicle. The launch took place at 8:03 EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

The GPS IIF generation of satellites, built by The Boeing Corporation, provides greater navigational accuracy through improvements in atomic clock technology, a more resilient signal for commercial aviation and safety-of-life applications and a longer design life of 12 years.

May 8, 2014

ESA GNSS Summer School Offers Technical and Business Courses

The European Space Agency (ESA) International Summer School on GNSS 2014 take place July 21–31 on the campus of the Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Held in conjunction with the European Commission Joint Research Center’s Summer School on GNSS, the program is open to graduate students (with a first university degree), Ph.D. candidates, early-stage researchers, and young professional seeking to broaden their knowledge.

May 6, 2014

FAA Authorizes UAS Flights at Alaska Test Site

On Monday (May 5, 2014), the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system (UAS) test site has become operational — the second of six test organizations selected to take part in the congressionally mandated UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) initiative that the agency is leading.

April 30, 2014

European Officials Consider Galileo Mandate for Mobile Devices

Perhaps taking a page of Russia’s playbook for mandating use of GLONASS in certain equipment, European officials are looking into the possibility of requiring the addition of Galileo capability to mobile phones and other device and platforms.

As it has become clear that the European GNSS will be the third or fourth GNSS available — after GPS, GLONASS, and probably BeiDou — the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission, is exploring non-market strategies to increase adoption of Galileo by manufacturers and users.

April 30, 2014

Second IRNSS Satellite Reaches Orbital Location

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has reported that the second inclined geosynchronous orbit (IGSO) satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) has reached its intended orbital location and is operating normally.

April 30, 2014

Key GPS/PNT Official Teri Takai Leaving DoD

Teri Takai, the Department of Defense’s chief information officer (DoD CIO) announced April 28 that she would be leaving at the end of this week. She is the top advisor to the secretary of defense on navigation and timing plus a host of other subjects including telecommunications, satellite communications, and spectrum issues.

April 30, 2014

Pentagon Seeks to Partner for Access to Other GNSS Signals

The U.S. military is moving toward using the signals of other satellite navigation constellations to help ensure access to positioning and timing information and to potentially thwart spoofing.

The impending shift came to light in remarks made by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III during a talk last week (April 23, 2014) at the National Press Club.

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