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May 18, 2015

Riding High with EGNOS

Judging from the variety of questions being asked at a recent EGNOS flight demonstration, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) remains something of a mystery for many of Europe’s leading aviation writers.

EGNOS, you say? What’s EGNOS?

May 18, 2015

GAO Report, Senate Subcommittee Hearing Confront USAF on GPS III Programs

GPS III satellites and their new ground system, both years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget, still may not be on track despite corrective actions, Air Force Secretary Deborah L. James told a U.S. Senate hearing recently.

May 18, 2015

ITS World Congress Highlights GNSS

Registration has opened for the 22nd World Congress and Exhibition on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services to be held in Bordeaux, France, on October 5–9, 2015.

May 18, 2015

House Lawmakers Cut Civil GPS Funding across the Board

The House Appropriations Committee voted May 13 to cut the White House request for civil GPS funding and a number of other GPS-related program at the Dept. of Transportation.

May 18, 2015

CSNC 2015 Raises BeiDou, GNSS Profile in China

More than 3,000 delegates converged on China’s ancient capital of Xi’an last week to infuse the sixth China Satellite Navigation Conference (CSNC) with an energy reflecting the nation’s robust GNSS program.

May 7, 2015

International Working Group Agrees on Common GNSS SBAS Message Design

The next decade’s aircraft pilots will be able to rely on enhanced, reliable GNSS satellite navigation signals on a seamless basis across much of the world, thanks to decisions made at the latest gathering of worldwide GNSS augmentation system providers and experts.

May 5, 2015

Lockheed Completes Integration of First GPS III Spacecraft

Lockheed Martin has finally been able to announce victory in its effort to complete integration of the first GPS Block III satellite.

Integration took place last month at the company’s GPS III Processing Facility near Denver, Colorado, bringing together the system module — which includes the navigation payload that performs the primary positioning, navigation, and timing mission — the functional bus containing the electronics that manage all satellite operations, and the propulsion core that enables the satellite to maneuver for operations on orbit.

April 29, 2015

House Funding Bill Could Fuel Scrutiny of OCX, GPS Backup Options

The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) is considering legislation that would fully authorize the White House’s funding request for GPS and possibly add provisions aimed at evaluating the new, troubled GPS ground system and pushing the Pentagon to look at a global backup for GPS.

April 28, 2015

Registration Still Open for ESA’s GNSS Summer School

Registrations are still available for the this year’s European Space Agency (ESA) International Summer School on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, which will take place in Barcelona, Spain, at the end of August.
 

April 26, 2015

Car Technology Choice Study Shows Low Interest in Navigation Functions

Navigation technologies appear to be losing their charm among new car buyers in the United States.
 
Twenty years after Detroit introduced the first in-vehicle car navigation systems, employing GPS and digital map technology, collision avoidance appears to be the common theme among the most popular automotive technologies, according to a new J.D. Power study released last Wednesday (April 22, 2015).
 

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