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June 22, 2017

New Reports on Performance Standards Confirm GPS’s “Gold Standard” Status for PNT

The U.S. Air Force last week released two technical reports demonstrating that GPS continues to deliver exceptional performance to civilian users around the world. The 2014 and 2015 performance reports confirm that the GPS Standard Positioning Service (SPS) satisfied nearly all measurable performance commitments documented in the GPS SPS Performance Standard, furthering the status of GPS as the “Gold Standard” for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT).

June 21, 2017

UK Study Indicates Just How Costly a GNSS Disruption Can Be

With so much of today’s society reliant on GNSS technology, any extended disruption of service could cause quite an uproar. Several of these potential problems are described in great detail in a government report commissioned by Innovate UK along with the UK Space Agency and the Royal Institute of Navigation.

June 19, 2017

Galileo Signal Team of Scientists Wins European Inventor Award

The invisible signals that Europe’s Galileo satellites are beaming down to the world are officially award-winning, now that the team behind their design has won the European Inventor Award, run by the European Patent Office. The 12th European Inventor Award (Research) was given at a ceremony on June 15 at the Arsenale di Venezia in Venice, Italy.

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.

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