August 6, 2017

Turn NextGen into ThisGen

The Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) is setting no records in government efficiency or speed. So, it’s time for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Congress, and partner agencies to change the verb tense and transform NextGen into an operational ThisGen.

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By Inside GNSS

OCX Gains Ground With Help From Private Sector Computer Wizards

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James. (Photo source: DoD).

Though the schedule is still uncertain, progress is being made on completing the new GPS ground system, said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who credited a crack group of private-sector computer wizards with helping get the program back on course.

Calling the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), a "terribly, terribly important program," James said, however, she still did not consider the software-focused effort to be "out of the woods." 

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By Dee Ann Divis
December 27, 2016

Air Force Continues to Test GPS III Satellite

GPS III satellites in production. Image Source: Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) says it continues to work on GPS III ceramic capacitor testing and plans to have an updated launch schedule published late next month.

As Inside GNSS reported, the first GPS III satellite’s delivery, originally scheduled for August, was delayed by four months because of a Lockheed Martin subcontractor’s failure to test a ceramic capacitor.

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By Inside GNSS
December 1, 2016

Lockheed Martin Advances GPS Ground Control System for U.S. Air Force

The Air Force’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate contracted the CUP2 upgrade.

Lockheed Martin has announced a major upgrade to modernize the GPS ground control system, the company said. The commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) upgrade no. 2 (CUP2) project, which became operational in mid-October to manage the 31 GPS satellites, is the latest step in the U.S. Air Force’s plan to refresh technology and transform the legacy operational control segment, also known as the Architecture Evolution Plan (AEP), the company said.

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By Inside GNSS
November 17, 2016

Canadian Army Tests NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology

NovAtel’s GAJT-710ML antenna.

Calgary, Canada-based NovAtel Inc. announced that the Canadian Army has successfully tested its GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) in live-fire conditions on the M777C1 howitzer.

GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference, Novatel said. The unit features a null-forming antenna system, which ensure satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available, the company said.

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By Inside GNSS
November 13, 2016

ION JNC – Joint Navigation Conference 2017

The deadline for abstracts for the 2017 JNC is February 15, 2017. Submit yours here.

The annual Joint Navigation Conference is a military positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) event hosted by the Institute of Navigation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It will be held at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, Ohio and the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base nearby.

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By Inside GNSS
November 2, 2016


The Winspear Opera House and the Meyerson Symphony Center in the Downtown Dallas Arts District

AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2017, All Things Unmanned will take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. from May 8 – 11, 2017.

Online registration is open. Early bird registration ends November 30, 2016. Onsite registration will be available.

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By Inside GNSS
October 17, 2016

ITAR Controls on Military GNSS Receivers Updated

The State Department last week published its final rule that updates export controls on military GNSS receivers through the U.S. Munitions List (USML).

The State Department-controlled USML, governed by the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), moves GNSS receivers out of the USML spacecraft systems and related articles category. Instead, GNSS receivers are now controlled under the guidance and navigation systems category.

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By Inside GNSS
October 11, 2016

L-3 Completes GPS Military Code Certification

L-3 Communications has announced that its next-generation military code (M-Code) GPS user equipment completed the final step in a government security certification process.

The development and certification of this technology was performed under the Air Force military GPS user equipment (MGUE) program, led by the Space and Missile Systems Center’s (SMC) GPS Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base.

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By Inside GNSS
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