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July 2, 2006
GPS III Contract Award Set Back

Okay, now it’s official: The GPS Block III contract award has been delayed from Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06) to Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07).

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May 1, 2006
GPS III, Block IIF Programs Hit New Delays

The GPS program appears to be struggling on several fronts recently. GPS III, the next-generation modernization project for the space and ground segments,…

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May 1, 2006
Civil L1 Signals: Galileo ICD, GPS L1C, New MBOC

Within weeks of a bilateral working group’s recommendation for a common civil GNSS signal design, the European Galileo and U.S. GPS programs have…

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April 2, 2006
ICG Working Group Takes On Issues

An ad hoc working group has begun sorting through issues surrounding the recent formation of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG).

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April 2, 2006
GLONASS: Picking Up the Pace

Russian officials are working to develop a plan that will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin’s directive to have the full GLONASS constellation in…

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April 2, 2006
Galileo: the Concession Merry-Go-Round

Risk allocation, avoidance, and management are the watchwords of the day as the contract negotiation for the Galileo concession moves into its endgame.

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April 1, 2006
Adaptive Antenna Arrays, Multi-GNSS Tropospheric Monitoring, and High-Dynamic Receivers

Q: What is adaptive nulling vs. adaptive beamforming? What are the advantages and disadvantages?

A: Adaptive arrays are perhaps the single most powerful antijamming tool in the GNSS systems engineer’s toolkit. They can provide anywhere from 15 to 90 dB of jamming rejection depending on the specific architecture used. Their main disadvantage is that they require an array of antenna elements, each spaced about four inches apart (center to center), and thus are physically large.

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April 1, 2006
On Target: Offshore Scoring of Precision Guided Munitions

The development and testing of precision ballistic and guided weapons require the occasional discharge of those weapons. For newer weapons with greater operational envelopes, this often requires testing over very large areas. To meet this growing requirement, weapon testing and training has migrated from land based firing ranges to offshore ranges, such as the U.S. Air Force (USAF) Eglin Joint Offshore Test and Training Area in the Gulf of Mexico near the northern coast of Florida.

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March 2, 2006
White House Defense Budget Proposes GPS Funds

The Bush Administration’s Fiscal Year 2007 (FY07) budget proposal for the Department of Defense (DoD), announced in February, allocates $315,314,000 in advanced technology…

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March 2, 2006
Russia Labors to Bring Latest GLONASS Satellites On Line

The Russian Space Forces are continuing efforts to bring the final two GLONASS spacecraft launched December 25 into operation. One of the trio…

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March 2, 2006
Japan’s GPS Augmentation Systems Gets MTSAT-2

Japan launched its second Multi-Functional Transport Satellite (MTSAT-2) on February 18, opening a new phase of precision air navigation and air traffic control…

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January 2, 2006
Russia Launches GLONASS Trio

Russia gave a Christmas gift to the GNSS world with its launch of three GLONASS satellites, including two modernized GLONASS-M spacecraft, on December…

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January 2, 2006
New EC DG-TREN Director-General

Matthias Ruete has been named as director-general of the European Commission’s Directorate- General for Energy and Transport (EC DG-TREN), which has overall responsibility…

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January 2, 2006
GPS L2C is on the air

Civil GPS users now have a second full signal available to them — albeit on only one satellite and “at the user’s own…

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January 2, 2006
First Galileo Satellite Begins Broadcasts

European Space Agency (ESA) and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.(SSTL) operators have completed the on-orbit preparations and activated the navigation payload for GIOVE-A, the…

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