Aerospace and Defense

March 9, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to Resign

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson said Friday she would resign to become president of the University of Texas at El Paso. 

“It has been a privilege to serve alongside our Airmen over the last two years and I am proud of the progress that we have made restoring our nation’s defense,” Wilson said in a statement. “We have improved the readiness of the force; we have cut years out of acquisition schedules and gotten better prices through competition; we have repealed hundreds of superfluous regulations; and we have strengthened our ability to deter and dominate in space.” 

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By Dee Ann Divis
March 7, 2019

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2019 Theme is “Augment Yourself with GNSS…”

Officials for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit announced the theme for the 2019 event while attending the ION GNSS+ conference in Miami last fall and are now preparing for their 2019 conference in the spring.

“Augment Yourself with GNSS…”  will be the theme of the 2019 edition of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, taking place on March 25–27, 2019 at the Alte Kongresshalle in Munich. The organizing Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) of the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen will invite experts from all over the world to talk about the latest news on Positioning, Navigation, and Timing and their role for Augmented/Mixed Reality as well as other up-to-date technologies.

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By Inside GNSS
March 6, 2019

Stanford, ESA Challenging AI to Pinpoint State of Drifting Satellites

With a collection of some of the best researchers in space and aeronautics involved, the sky may indeed just be the limit.

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Stanford University are challenging global artificial intelligence (AI) specialists to train software to judge the position and orientation of a drifting satellite with a single glance. Such a skill could be used in the future for servicing or salvaging spacecraft, according to the ESA.

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By Stan Goff
March 1, 2019

Pentagon Releases Space Force Proposal to Congress

The Pentagon Friday released its proposal for enabling legislation to create a Space Force, a new military branch expected to eventually comprise some 15,000 personnel.

“Establishing a Space Force is a strategic priority to facilitate the DOD’s preparation for the character of warfare in the twenty-first century,” the Department of Defense (DOD) wrote in an overview. “A sixth branch of the Armed Forces dedicated to space will catalyze a fundamental transformation of our approach to space from a combat support function to a domain of competition and potential conflict.”

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By Dee Ann Divis
February 28, 2019

Report: Russian Navy Gets New Precision Terrestrial System to Backup GPS/GLONASS

According to a news report,“Sprut-N1 [a] new-generation precision navigation radio system (RNS) has been created for the Russian Navy. It will determine geographic location, speed and altitude with a precision superior to that of GLONASS and GPS. The coordinates are determined by ground stations of the system which transmit coded signals to warships and aircraft. The main advantage against satellite navigation is that the signal of the high-tech system cannot be jammed, the Izvestia daily writes.”

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By Dana A. Goward