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GNSS Forum: Seven Easy Ways the Administration or Congress Could Get a Quick Win Protecting GPS and America

Dana Goward, President & Executive Director, Resilient Navigation & Timing Foundation

The U.S. Secretary of Defense has said “I hate GPS” and “I want to unplug the military from GPS.” Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have called GPS “a single point of failure for critical infrastructure.”

GPS signals are used by virtually every technology. Their disruption for more than a brief period of time or over more than a small area could impact cell phone service, financial systems, computer networks, emergency radio systems, and every mode of transportation. It could be catastrophic for America.

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By Inside GNSS
July 24, 2016

Souichirou Kozuka

Souichirou Kozuka (Ph.D., Tokyo University) is a professor of law at Gakushuin University, Tokyo.

He specializes in commercial law, corporate law, and maritime, air and space law.

Kozuka is co-chair of the Space Law Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA) for 2016 and 2017, correspondent of UNIDROIT (the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law) and an associate member of the International Academy of Comparative Law (IACL).

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By Inside GNSS
July 5, 2016

Federal Agencies Plan Shutdown of 37 Differential GPS Stations

Graphic Depicting NDGPS Coverage After Site Reductions

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.

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By Inside GNSS
May 24, 2016

RIN INC 2016: Royal Institute of Navigation International Navigation Conference

Main auditorium, Strathclyde Conference Centre

The Royal Institute of Navigation’s International Navigation Conference 2016 will be held at the University of Strathclyde Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland from November 8 – 10, 2016.

A number of keynote speakers will discuss topics from Virgin Galactic’s voyage to space to quantum sensors for inertial navigation to autonomous cars, android phones, train control and even "Three dimensional thinking: from rats to humans, via Klingons."

Poster and demonstration abstracts are due by May 30. Full paper submission is due on June 15. 

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By Inside GNSS
May 23, 2016

Alessandra Fiumara

Alessandra Fiumara is the liaison officer on GNSS Evolution Program for the European Space Agency.

She has been working in the space sector for 25 years, both in public and private contexts, and has acquired a deep knowledge of the related political, strategic and financial aspects. As an electronic engineer, she started with technical and scientific activities in the radar application domain, then moved to strategic planning and financial control responsibilities as well as international relations.

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By Inside GNSS
May 19, 2016

The “Brussels View” from Prague

Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

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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By Peter Gutierrez

GNSS Evolutions for Maritime

Trends for marine accidents show rising numbers and costs that are mainly associated with collisions and groundings. Research indicates that about 60 percent of these accidents are caused by human error. The majority of them could have been avoided by providing suitable input to the navigation decision-making process, according to a 2008 report by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Marine Safety Committee. (See IMO 2008 in Additional Resources section near the end of this article.).

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By Günter W. Hein