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October 14, 2016

ITAR Controls on Military GNSS Receivers Updated

The State Department last week published its final rule that updates export controls on military GNSS receivers through the U.S. Munitions List (USML).

The State Department-controlled USML, governed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), moves GNSS receivers out of the USML spacecraft systems and related articles category. Instead, GNSS receivers are now controlled under the guidance and navigation systems category.

October 5, 2016

European GNSS Agency Releases Report on Receiver User Technology and Trends

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released a report it says will help users and manufacturers to understand receiver technology and trends.

September 29, 2016

Transportation Department Workshop To Cover Adjacent Band Compatibility, Receiver Testing

A U.S. Transportation Department (DoT) public workshop will address GNSS receiver testing results October 14 at RTCA, Inc., 1150 18th ST NW, Suite 910, in Washington, DC. The event begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.EDT.

Workshop members, as part of DoT's fifth GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment (ABC) effort, will discuss GNSS receiver testing that includes non-certified aviation, cellular, general location and navigation, high precision and networks, timing, and space-based receivers, the agency said.

September 28, 2016

Harris Delivers First OCX Receiver to Raytheon

Harris Corporation has delivered the first of 34 receivers to support the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). The receiver was shipped to Raytheon Company, the prime contractor, in Aurora, Colorado, after it passed an electromagnetic interference test, Harris said.

September 28, 2016

NASCTN Report Details Feedback on More Ligado-Backed Tests of GPS Receivers

A newly posted report shows the comments federal researchers received from a dozen organizations and satellite navigation experts as they put together a plan for controversial tests of GPS receivers on behalf of would-be broadband firm Ligado.

September 28, 2016

New GPS Ground Control System Likely to Continue with Modifications

The Department of Defense (DoD) is less than three weeks away from a decision on whether to retain, cancel, or change its contract to develop a new GPS ground system.

A source familiar with the program said they believe the Air Force will stick with the program but will recast it to fit more closely with DoD's budget realities.

September 22, 2016

Lockheed Martin Awarded $395 Million GPS III Contract Option

Littleton, Colorado-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems has received a $395 million U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center contract option to build two additional GPS III satellites. The contract option calls for long-lead and production hardware to manufacture GPS III space vehicles (SVs) 9 and 10.

“The GPS III SV 9 and 10 satellites are expected to be ready for launch in 2022, thus sustaining the GPS constellation,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center’s commander.

September 22, 2016

Delivery of First GPS III Satellite Delayed by Ceramic Capacitor Testing

The first GPS III satellite’s delivery will be delayed by four months because of a Lockheed Martin subcontractor’s failure to test a ceramic capacitor.

The satellite, which was expected to be delivered in August, is now scheduled for shipment in December, according to a Bloomberg news article.

September 16, 2016

Defeating 'Death by GPS'

Park rangers in Death Valley National Park have begun calling it “death by GPS.” Visitors faithfully following their navigation devices turn down the wrong road or hike away from help and die before rangers can reach them.

But it really isn’t the GPS, it’s the maps in their navigation system’s database.

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