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September 30, 2015

Privacy Hard to Maintain as Apps Gather GNSS Location Data for Retailers, Crowd-Sourcing

The average person with a smart phone has their location revealed every three minutes, according to a recent study, information that can be determined even if GNSS capabilities are turned off, experts said.

Research published last year by Carnegie Mellon, showed that, overall, “somebody or something was trying to get your location” every three minutes, said Logan Scott, an expert in GPS, cellular and wireless technologies. “Over a space of two weeks the average is about 6,200 position reports coming out of that (phone).”

September 25, 2015

Newest Galileo Satellites Enter Next Phase of Operations

Operational responsibility for two recently launched Galileo satellites has been handed over to the Galileo Control Center (GCC) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
Launched September 11, Galileo spacecraft numbers 9 and 10 (fully operational capability satellites 5 and 6) passed their initial check-out in space, allowing control to be transferred for their integration into the existing constellation. The satellites were handed over on September 19 and 20, respectively, to the GOC, managed by SpaceOpal.

September 18, 2015

Development Risks May Slow GPS Military Receiver Program

The Air Force may dial back plans to accelerate its military receiver program, possibly reversing an earlier decision to combine development and production steps as a way to meet a congressional procurement deadline.

September 18, 2015

New GPS Director Brings Technical, Space Program Background

With experience in satellite procurement, user equipment development and working with Congress, Col. Steven Whitney may be just the chief the GPS Directorate needs.

September 16, 2015

Another Successful Launch, But Pressure Still on for Galileo

With a successful September 10/11 launch under its belt, the Galileo program continues to move in the right direction, but proponents should be cautious about overstating the rate of progress, lest too-hopeful forecasts come back to bite them (again).

The September 11 European Space Agency (ESA) press release featured a headline proclaiming that 10 Galileo satellites are now in orbit, and while technically that may be true, it bears considering whether the 10 satellites in question are all they’re cracked up to be.

September 16, 2015

Military Receivers: Air Force Wants Foreign GNSS Capability

The GPS Directorate wants industry to more quickly develop innovative user equipment that integrates both the modernized GPS signals and signals from international constellations like Galileo.

“In the future,” said the organization’s new director, Col. Steve Whitney, “it’s going to be important that our industry partners and the Directorate investigate ways to pull in these new signals — and that includes some of the non-GPS signals — into our user equipment.”

September 11, 2015

ESA Launches Two Galileo Satellites

Two Galileo satellites were carried into space today (September 10, 2015) with a successful launch at 10:08 p.m. (EDT) ((02:08 GMT on September 11) from the Soyuz Launch Complex at the European spaceport in French Guiana.

September 10, 2015

GAO: OCX Problems Threaten GPS Constellation

A new federal watchdog report released yesterday (September 9, 2015) questions the outlook for the still-developing GPS ground control system saying the Pentagon may not fully understand the true cause of ongoing problems in a program where further delays “may likely pose significant risks to sustaining the GPS constellation and delivering GPS capability.”

September 9, 2015

DoT Hastens GNSS Receiver Testing for Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment

Federal officials have released a draft of their plan to determine the amount of interference satellite navigation receivers can tolerate from users in neighboring frequencies. The tests, proposed after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) froze a controversial wireless broadband system, would accelerate research on GNSS receivers that process signals from multiple satellite constellations.

August 31, 2015

Pair of Galileo Satellites, GPS Block IIF Approach Launch Date

Europe’s latest Galileo satellites are fully fueled and ready to be attached to the upper stage of the Soyuz rocket that will carry them into space next month.

Galileo satellites 9 and 10 are due to launch at 02:08 GMT on September 11 (04:08 CEST; 11:08 p.m. local time, September 10) from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana.

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