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March 9, 2017

Spirent Test Solutions Help to Improve Maritime Safety

Spirent Communications plc this week announced its test solutions have been used to improve maritime safety, and this development came about after much collaborative work designed to ensure that GNSS receivers are performing as needed, especially for rescue operations at sea.

Working with the Radio Technical Committee for Maritime Services (RTCM), Spirent has created test scenarios that simulate realistic satellite reception conditions at sea so that GPS distress beacon performance can be improved, allowing users to be rescued faster by search and rescue organizations.

March 7, 2017

Opponents to Privatizing Air Traffic Control Voice Concerns

The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter to Congress this week from more than 115 mayors in all 50 states expressing concern about the impact of air traffic control (ATC) privatization on communities across the country, especially those in rural regions of the country.

March 1, 2017

Campaign Allows eCall Device Manufacturers to Pre-Test Galileo, EGNOS Compatibility

In effort to improve safety, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has officially launched the Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) test campaign for eCall devices, which allows eCall device manufacturers to pre-test Galileo and EGNOS compatibility prior to type approval.

February 28, 2017

Deadline Nears on GPS Receiver Testing Opportunity Against Live-Sky Spoofing

GPS receiver manufacturers have until March 3 to apply for a rare opportunity to test their equipment against realistic urban spoofing.

The Department of Homeland Security is offering live-sky testing focused on spoofed GPS signals. The testing, to take place in a simulated urban environment, is available to manufacturers of receivers used in critical infrastructure.

February 27, 2017

Comments on Galileo Waiver Praise Benefits, Flag Future Complications

The Federal Communications Commission is being asked to choose between the immediate benefits of officially improving U.S. satellite navigation receivers and the possibility that, in doing so, it may raise interference levels in a neighboring band or make it harder to develop alternative uses for those adjacent frequencies.

Precisely speaking, the agency is deciding whether to waive a licensing requirement for equipment utilizing Galileo signals for non-federal uses — effectively authorizing use of the European satellite navigation system in the United States.

February 23, 2017

Study Proposes Satellite Navigation System for Mars

Universal and precise positioning services on Mars may not be just science fiction in our future. A proposed theoretical concept of a satellite navigation system for Mars promises a solution for future manned missions and future planetary exploration robotic missions to the red planet, according to new research released this week.

February 20, 2017

IRSO Launches 104 Satellites From a Single Rocket

Last week the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) put a record 104 satellites into orbit with a single launch, and now it’s preparing to launch Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV Mark-III) in a few months. 

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-ninth flight (PSLV-C37), launched the 714 kilogram Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 103 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 663 kilograms at lift-off into a 505-kilometer polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

February 17, 2017

Geoscience Australia, New Zealand, Lockheed Martin all Part of Second-Generation SBAS Research Project

It’s been a big couple of weeks for second-generation satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) technology and for Bethesda, Maryland-based global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin.

February 16, 2017

China to Launch First BeiDou-3 Navigation Satellite this Summer

Chinese navigation satellite BeiDou-3 is scheduled to be launched in July 2017, according to its developer, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). As reported in January by People’s Daily, a publication of the state news agency, the company claimed that six to eight satellites will be deployed within the year.

February 15, 2017

President Trump Leaning Toward Air Traffic Privatization

Proponents of privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system have an apparently sympathetic ear in the White House as they renew their fight to wrest air operations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

President Trump criticized the FAA's handling of air traffic control (ATC) modernization, pointing out the ongoing issues with NextGen during a February 9 meeting with airline executives.

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