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Block IIF Satellite Heads for Key Tests

Boeing technicians and first Block IIF satellite

The Boeing Company has successfully assembled and integrated all flight hardware onto the first GPS Block IIF (follow-on generation) satellite. Launch is now scheduled for the second half of 2008.

GPS llF spacecraft will bring new capabilities to the GPS constellation, such as a new encrypted military code, a new civil signal, crosslink enhancements, increased signal power, and longer design life. Boeing is building 12 GPS Block IIF satellites under contract from the GPS Wing at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

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By Glen Gibbons
October 4, 2007

NovAtel Confirmed for Long-Term Galileo Contracft

Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I) has awarded NovAtel Inc. a €440,000 milestone award for continued development of the Galileo ground reception Chain (GRC) reference receiver. Although the incremental size of the award is modest, the agreement provides for confirmed, longer-term funding of a two-year-old contract valued at €6.3M (US$8.6 million).

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By Glen Gibbons
September 14, 2007

ITT Snares FAA ADS-B Contract

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has named ITT Corporation as the prime contractor for Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B), the keystone technology of the Next Generation Air Transportation System.

An initial three-year contract for White Plains, New York–based ITT is valued at $207 million for overall system integration and engineering. With options to operate and maintain the system after deployment through September 2025, the contract has a potential value of $1.86 billion.

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By Inside GNSS

Overlook Systems Captures JNWC Contract

The United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) has awarded Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc., a two-year GSA Order (base year plus option) for technical support to the Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. If fully exercised, the contract has a $100 million value.

The award coincides with the transition of the JNWC from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration to USSTRATCOM on 1 October 2007. Overlook selected Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a teammate to provide support in response to USSTRATCOM’s June 2007 solicitation for the JNWC contract.

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Rakon Ltd. to Build Facility in China

Rakon Ltd., designer and producer of high-precision quartz crystals, oscillators, and frequency control products will build a manufacturing plan in southern China by the end of the year.

New Zealand–based Rakon will work with an unnamed Chinese partner that the company says is already part of its supply chain. In July, the company opened a new Shanghai office, which joined existing offices in Shenzhen, China, and Taipei, Taiwan.

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By Inside GNSS
July 31, 2007

SiRF Buys Centrality Communications

San Jose, California–based SiRF Technology expects to close this fiscal quarter on its purchase of Centrality Communications, Inc., a provider of navigation processor solutions for mobile navigation devices.

In exchange for all of the outstanding capital stock of Centrality, including equity awards, SiRF has agreed to pay $283 million in a combination of cash and shares of SiRF common stock, with the exact amount to be determined at the time of closing. The boards of directors of both companies have approved the merger.

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By Inside GNSS

Broadcom Wraps Up Global Locate Acquisition

Broadcom Corporation, an Irvine, California–based $3.67-billion fabless semiconductor company focusing on wired and wireless communications, has closed its $143 million cash deal for Global Locate, Inc.

Headquartered in San Jose, California, Global Locate is an eight-year-old, privately-held, fabless provider of GPS and assisted GPS (A-GPS) semiconductor products and software.

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By Inside GNSS
January 31, 2007

NordNav, CPS Purchase to Support Mobile Phone Effort

BlueTooth technology provider CSR, of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has acquired NordNav Technologies AB, of Sweden, and Cambridge Positioning Systems Ltd. (CPS) of also of Cambridge, UK. Taken together, the acquisitions will allow the company to provide software-based low-cost GPS suitable for mass-market mobile phones and Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs).

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By Inside GNSS

GPS Block III Contracts

The U.S. Air Force has awarded two $50 million contracts to Boeing and Lockheed Martin to execute a system design review for the next-generation GPS space segment program, GPS Block III.

The contracts come on the heels of both companies successfully completing system requirements reviews in November 2006. Those reviews, part of a $10 million follow-on order to a Phase A Concept Development Contract awarded in 2004, assessed Boeing’s and Lockheed’s ability to mitigate development and delivery risks associated with building the Block III satellites.

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DHS Buys IEC’s 3-D Locator

L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC), Anaheim, California, has been awarded a preproduction contract for Advanced Three-Dimension Locators by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Advanced Research Project Agency. The contract represents an initial step by DHS to provide a solution for accurately identifying the location of emergency response personnel in disaster or emergency situations.

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