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Inside GNSS • July/August 2016

The International GNSS Monitoring and Assessment Service

Contemporary times have seen an increase in the number of navigation satellites across various geographical regions. In order to ensure that all these satellite systems work together to optimize the positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) of users on or near the Earth’s surface there is need for inter-cooperation and inter-operability of the systems.

July 5, 2016

Federal Agencies Plan Shutdown of 37 Differential GPS Stations

The U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and the Department of Transportation (DoT) released a Federal Register notice today (July 5, 2016) announcing a reduction of the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS).

The planned reduction calls for the shutdown and decommissioning of 37 DGPS sites, leaving 46 operational sites available to users in coastal areas. Termination of the NDGPS broadcasts is scheduled to occur on August 5, 2016.

June 30, 2016

Army Plans Awards, Solicitations for Assured PNT with(out) GPS

The U.S. Army will soon release new contracts and a post-Milestone B solicitation as part of its shift to a system of systems approach for making sure warfighters have the position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information they need regardless of issues with getting the GPS signal.

The Assured PNT (APNT) approach incorporates multiple sensors and an open architecture into an integrated whole that is resilient and easy to update, explained Kevin Coggins, the direct reporting program manager for PNT.

June 30, 2016

Homeland Security, PNT ExCom Move on Backing Up GPS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward to establish a backup for the position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information provided by GPS. This month the agency assumed the lead in a yearlong effort to specifically define the requirements for an alternative source of timing information to and released a solicitation for research to help protect critical infrastructure from timing disruption or spoofing.

January 30, 2017 - February 2, 2017
Monterey, California
November 7, 2016 - November 9, 2016
Las Vegas, Nevada USA
New Builds • June 2, 2016

New Firmware for u-blox NEO-M8P Module Adds BeiDou Positioning, Upgraded Dead Reckoning

u-blox has released a firmware upgrade for its NEO-M8P that now supports China’s BeiDou GNSS system in addition to GPS and GLONASS.
 
Capable of real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning, the new NEO-M8P firmware now offers eight-hertz RTK update rates for GPS.
 

October 25, 2016
Madrid, Spain
December 14, 2016 - December 16, 2016
Noordwijk, Netherlands
Inside GNSS • May/June 2016

The "Brussels View" from Prague

Last October, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Administrative Board reelected Carlo des Dorides as executive director of the GSA, giving him a second — and final — four-year term in charge of this key agency responsible for supporting the effective operation, maintenance, and security of Europe’s satellite navigation systems. We met with him recently at the GSA office in Prague to learn how he plans to see out his mandate.

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