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April 27, 2017

Door Open to New Bidders as Air Force Moves Closer to GPS III Buy  

After a couple of changes in direction and spending some $18 million to verify the technical chops of their most likely suppliers, defense officials appear ready to buy up to 22 new GPS III spacecraft. Although three firms are now well positioned to bid on the potentially lucrative contract, the Defense Department continues to leave the contracting door ajar for newcomers, just in case.

April 26, 2017

2 SOPS Bids Farewell to GPS Satellite

At 25 years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit on April 18, and the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) said goodbye via final command after disposal operations were complete. SVN 27 was launched in 1992, meaning it lasted more than triple its design life of 7.5 years.

April 24, 2017

Solutions to Space Debris Problems Addressed at European Conference

Space debris is becoming a bigger problem for space agencies and private companies, and NASA and the Department of Defense (DoD) are just two of many organizations around the globe that are concerned. Earlier this month experts gathered in Germany to discuss the problem and to review possible solutions.

April 20, 2017

ABC Assessment Data Shows Wide Impacts to Some GPS Receivers

Test results from the long-running Adjacent Band Compatibility (ABC) Assessment show interference from wireless signals in nearby bands could negatively impact GPS receivers kilometers away from Long-Term Evolution (LTE) ground stations and render some more closely located GPS receivers useless.

April 17, 2017

Fall Delivery Expected for GPS OCX Block O

A Raytheon executive said that the company expects to deliver the Block O Launch and Checkout System to the U.S. Air Force this fall as part of the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX).  

In addition, the company completed a baseline procedure to recertify the troubled OCX program, which was approved by the U.S. Air Force, at the end of March, said Bill Sullivan, Raytheon vice president and program manager for GPS OCX, at the recent 33rd annual Space Symposium meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

April 17, 2017

Europe's GNSS Receiver Standard Nears Approval

European Union (EU) member countries are close to adopting a standard for satellite navigation receivers.

The proposed standard covers Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (SESS) as well as GNSS receivers operating in the bands 1164 MHz to 1300 MHz and 1559 MHz to 1610 MHz. Receivers must be able to withstand interference from adjacent bands at the listed levels.

April 13, 2017

BeiDou’s Applications, Role in Asia Continue to Evolve

Asia is booming, and China’s BeiDou satellite navigation system seems prepped to boom right along with the growing region.

April 12, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: UAS Mapping & Survey — Direct Georeferencing and LiDAR

Don’t miss next week’s exciting webinar on direct georeferencing (DG) and LiDAR when moderator James Poss, Maj Gen (Ret), and an expert panel will address how combining DG with LiDAR technology small and light enough to fit onto a UAS is a breakthrough that brings with it many benefits.

April 11, 2017

Japan’s Second Michibiki Satellite Will Boost QZSS

Officials at the Tsukuba Space Center of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced that the second satellite in the Japanese Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) is scheduled for launch in June.

Designed to boost the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS system for Japan, a new version of a satellite that will orbit directly over the Japanese archipelago was unveiled last week. It will improve the existing GPS and provide a better positioning reading for the people in Japan.

April 10, 2017

Debate Continues on ATC Privatization 

Discussions continue on the pros and cons surrounding the possible privatization of the nation’s Air Traffic Control (ATC), with opponents sharing concerns and a proposal by President Trump aimed at looking into taking the air operations duties away from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

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