Aerospace and Defense

INTO ORBIT℠ with 2018 FIRST® LEGO® League Competition

How can I walk my dog on the Moon? What happens if I sneeze in space? Just some of the questions that more than 500,000 children around the world will be asking and attempting to answer over the next months, as part of this year’s FIRST LEGO League competition, a global STEM program with an annual theme that inspires and challenges young engineers and scientists.

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By Inside GNSS
October 5, 2018

Selective Availability, IoT, Suez Canal Visit, Featured at Arab Institute of Navigation Conference

The recently concluded Arab Institute of Navigation biennial conference in Cairo, “GNSS, the Key to Innovation,” featured a wide variety of presentations of interest to navigators and technologists alike.

Presenters ranged from representatives of the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA, to those from a transportation company that uses GNSS-enabled tracking while transporting priceless ancient artifacts to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum.

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By Inside GNSS
October 4, 2018

Protecting GNSS and Users – The Ideal APNT

According to the European Commission “…GNSS cannot be the sole means of PNT information … for critical applications requiring continuous availability and fail-safe operations.”

Similar realizations in the United States, United, Kingdom, South Korea and elsewhere have led to a revitalization of efforts to examine Alternative Positioning, Navigation and Timing (APNT) systems that could complement and reinforce our exceptionally valuable, yet vulnerable, GNSS signals.

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By Dana A. Goward
October 3, 2018

Europe To Mandate Smart Phones Use Galileo Signals

The European Commission (EC) is on track to mandate that smart phones in the European Union (EU) be capable of using signals from the Galileo satellite navigation system as well as other systems including GPS.

The move is part of a broad space strategy launched in October 2016 to strengthen the EU’s space program and maximize its benefits.

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By Dee Ann Divis
September 26, 2018

DHS Taking a Risk-Based Look at PNT Resilience

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new effort to ascertain the real-world risks posed by the loss of positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) service and how those risks might be reduced, said James Platt, director of DHS’s PNT Program Management Office. On the table is testing, best practices, partnerships, a new management approach and possibly standards and a backup system.

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By Dee Ann Divis

Security and SatNav Experts Agree: GPS Is a Cybersecurity Issue

The new Cybersecurity Solarium Commission should consider addressing GPS vulnerabilities as it develops a strategy to protect the U.S. against attacks on its computer systems and infrastructure, experts agreed.

Inspired by an analysis that guided officials during the Cold War, the U.S. is about to launch a yearlong assessment of its cybersecurity situation with the goal of devising a long-term strategy

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By Dee Ann Divis
September 24, 2018

Change Is Coming: 
The Space Force and SMC 2.0

While threats to American defense satellites were climbing sharply, the costs and schedules of U.S. military space programs were on the same unsustainable trajectory — prompting lawmakers last year to begin trying to reorganize Air Force’s military space programs by creating a Space Corps. A move that, so far, has failed.

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By Dee Ann Divis
September 13, 2018

2018 Continues to Be a Big Year for China’s BeiDou

One of the more popular sessions in recent years at the annual ION GNSS+ technical meeting is the panel discussion on a variety of satellite-based navigation systems, and it appears as if Chinese officials will have plenty of updates on its BeiDou navigation and positioning system to share.

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By Stan Goff
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