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June 15, 2017

White House Boosts GPS Budget, GPS III Procurement Decision Still Pending

The White House is asking Congress to boost overall funding for the GPS program back over $1 billion, with the largest infusion of new money earmarked to cover the cost growth of the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX).

If approved, overall spending on the GPS program would reach $1.09 billion in fiscal year 2018 (FY18) with funding for OCX surging to $510.94 million from the $393.27 million allocated by Congress for FY17.

June 14, 2017

White House Pushes to Privatize Air Traffic Control

The White House has thrown its support behind a proposal to privatize the nation's air traffic control (ATC) system as part of its plan to improve the country's infrastructure.

The administration is seeking to create a nonprofit organization empowered to take over the ATC system from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and finance its operations by charging fees to flyers. The new group would also be expected to reach out to the financial markets and borrow against that income stream to support, and hopefully accelerate, ATC modernization.

June 13, 2017

ESA, Thales Alenia Space Sign Contract to Upgrade EGNOS

The European Space Agency (ESA) has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for an upgrade of EGNOS, Europe’s satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).

Designed by ESA and being exploited by Europe’s GNSS Agency (GSA) the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) improves the precision of U.S. GPS signals over most of the European territory, while also providing continuous and reliable updates on the “integrity” of these GPS signals.

June 9, 2017

Successful Launch of Japan’s Second Michibiki Satellite To Boost QZSS

Last week marked a significant step toward providing a boost to the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS in Japan and to delivering a better positioning reading for the people in that country.

June 8, 2017

Two More Satellites Formally Added to Galileo’s Satnav System

Two further satellites — increasing the total number to 16 — have formally become part of Europe’s Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet.

These are the 15th and 16th satellites to join the network, two of the four Galileos that were launched together by Ariane 5 last November, and the first additions to the working constellation since the start of Galileo Initial Services in December.

May 31, 2017

Ligado Focuses on Unmanned Sector in Push for Terrestrial Network

The Virginia firm that had been hoping to use satellite frequencies near the GPS band to support a terrestrial broadband network has changed its pitch to regulators. Ligado, previously named LightSquared, is working to convince the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that its frequencies are the way to provide connectivity to the broad internet of things (IoT) including unmanned aircraft, driverless cars and other unmanned systems.

May 31, 2017

BeiDou Driving Value of China's Satellite Navigation and Location Services Industry

The output value of BeiDou, China's satellite navigation and location-based service industry, increased more than 22% year on year and has topped 211 billion yuan (about 30.8 billion U.S. dollars) in 2016, according to news reports on a recently released industry white paper.

May 31, 2017

Galileo Engineering Team Members Nominated for Invention Award

The engineering team behind the signal technology underpinning Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has reached the final of this year’s European Inventor Award.

The European Patents Office has nominated a team led by Spanish engineer José Ángel Ávila-Rodríguez – now part of ESA’s Galileo team – and his French colleague Laurent Lestarquit from France’s CNES space agency. Ávila-Rodríguez and Lestarquit are each regular contributing writers for Inside GNSS.

May 30, 2017

GSA’s 2017 GNSS Market Report Forecasts Substantial Growth

The growing demand for precise location information, in combination with the ongoing evolution of GNSS technology, means that today’s GNSS market is bigger than ever. In the recently released European GNSS Agency (GSA) 2017 GNSS Market Report —the fifth edition of the agency’s popular report — it indicates the global GNSS market is expected to grow from 5.8 billion devices in use in 2017 to an estimated 8 billion by 2020.

May 25, 2017

Raytheon Launches GEO 6 Payload to Improve GPS Accuracy for Safer, More Efficient Air Travel

With designs on providing a boost to navigation safety and efficiency for commercial and general aviation, Raytheon Company on May 18 launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12-year mission. It is the latest payload to support the Federal Aviation Administration’s Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) which enhances the reliability and accuracy of GPS signals for directing air travel.

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