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November 27, 2017

Lockheed Martin Assembles Third U.S. Air Force GPS III Satellite

The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin’s advanced satellite manufacturing facility in Denver is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle.

GPS III Space Vehicle 03 (GPS III SV03) followed the first two GPS III satellites on a streamlined assembly and test production line. Technicians successfully integrated the satellite’s major components – its system module, navigation payload and propulsion core – into one fully-assembled space vehicle on August 14.

November 22, 2017

Contest to Build 22 New GPS III Satellites Commences Dec. 7

Air Force Space Command announced Wednesday it will begin the next phase of its plan to buy another 22 GPS III satellites in two weeks.

The November 22 posting on Fed Biz Opps (fbo.gov) said the highly anticipated Request for Proposals (RFP) would be released on or about December 7. The contract for the new space vehicles is "planned as a single, predominantly Fixed Price Incentive-type contract awarded via full and open competition for production of 22 GPS III SVs."

November 22, 2017

Next Tranche of GPS Satellites to be called GPS IIIFs

The Global Positioning Systems Directorate, which is poised to launch its procurement of another 22 GPS III satellites, has given its next tranche of spacecraft a name.

"We are officially calling this GPS IIIF," Col. Gerry Gleckel, the Directorate's deputy director, told the November meeting of the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board. "Just as there was a IIF that was the follow-on for the GPS II's, this is the follow-on for the GPS III."

November 21, 2017

Spoofing-Resistant UAV Application Earns Top Honors at European Satellite Navigation Competition

The SORUS system, designed to enable user receivers to calculate Galileo PRS positions at predefined points in time including robustness against jamming and spoofing, picked up top honors at the 2017 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).

SORUS, a novel satellite navigation-based solution, enables Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) navigation for a wide range of users while significantly reducing security requirements and Galileo PRS costs per user device.

New Builds • November 20, 2017

Fiber Optic Gyro from Tamagawa Designed for ADAS, Mobility Applications and More

Tamagawa Seiki, an advanced inertial sensing technology provider for aerospace, military and automotive applications, is launching a new, low-cost, tactical grade, interferometric Fiber Optic Gyroscope (iFOG) suitable for autonomous driving and mobility applications, and ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems).

April 23, 2018 - April 26, 2018
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January 29, 2018 - February 1, 2018
Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia
September 17, 2017 - September 21, 2017
The Bella Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark
November 16, 2017

Delay Continues for Effort to Add Galileo Signal to U.S. Military Receivers

Though lawmakers have made clear their interest in having U.S. military receivers incorporate European navigation signals, an agreement to use the encrypted Galileo signal remains elusive and the normal military requirements process could substantially delay implementation.

New Builds • November 15, 2017

Piksi Multi Firmware 1.2 Enhances Swift Navigation’s Centimeter-Accurate GNSS Technology

San Francisco-based Swift Navigation recently announced the second major firmware upgrade to its flagship product Piksi Multi GNSS Module. The upgrade is available at no cost to Piksi Multi users and provides initial support for a new constellation (GLONASS), as well as increased functionality and improved performance, according to the company.

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