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July 11, 2011

China Satellite Conference 2011

Hotel Nikko New Century in Haidian, Beijing

This officially sanctioned conference and equipment exhibtion addresses applications, technologies and trends for China’s satellite communications, broadcasting, remote sensing, navigation and positioning.It will be held at Hotel Nikko New Century in Beijing on October 26.28, 2011.

Subjects of most interest to Inside GNSS readers include:

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By Inside GNSS
June 1, 2011

NovAtel, QinetiQ Collaborate on Anti-Jam GPS System

NovAtel Inc. in collaboration with QinetiQ Ltd. has developed GAJT (pronounced “Gadget”), the world’s first single-enclosure GPS anti-jam system small enough for light armored and other land-based military vehicles. GAJT combines NovAtel and QinetiQ technologies in a stand-alone, rugged enclosure that mounts to the exterior of vehicles.

GAJT is a seven element controlled reception pattern antenna (CRPA) that nulls jammers, ensuring GPS positioning capabilities are retained during combat, training, or other vehicle-based missions.

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By Inside GNSS
May 27, 2011

Congress Moves to Protect GPS Users from LightSquared Interference

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) report on the level of interference between LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network and GPS receivers is due in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, the fight over final approval of the system has rolled into the halls of Congress.

On Thursday (May 26) the House approved an amended 2012 Defense Authorization bill requiring the Federal Communications Commission to withhold full approval of the LightSquared 4G-LTE system and disallow operations until interference issues with military receivers are resolved.

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By Dee Ann Divis
May 15, 2011

Going to JNC? May 30 is the approval deadline for Canada, UK, Australia Attendees

Air vehicle, MQ-1B Predator system, Iraq 2008 (Military photo)

Online registration is open for the 2011 Joint Navigation Conference,  scheduled for June 28-20 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The FOUO event is the largest endorsed U.S. military navigation conference of the year, with joint service and government participation.

The annual JNC focuses on technical advances in guidance, navigation and control; especially on joint development, testing and support of affordable systems, logistics and integration.

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By Inside GNSS

Joint Navigation Conference 2011: Guidance Navigation and Control

Registration is open for 2011 JNC – Joint Navigation Conference (Guidance, Navigation and Control) on June 28-30 at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Everyone who attends must apply and be approved before they come. 

Tutorials will take place on June 27.

FOUO sessions on June 28-29 will take place at the Crowne Plaza.

The classified sessions on June 30 will take place at Elkhorn Conference Center, Fort Collins, Colorado

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By Inside GNSS
April 28, 2011

FY11 Budget Battle Over, GPS Looks Ahead to FY12

Resolution of the between Congressional Republicans and Democrats that threatened a shutdown of the federal government has clarified the picture for military GPS programs in the coming year, although prospects for the civil side remain uncertain.

On April 15, 2011, President Obama signed the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011 (H.R. 1473, Public Law 112-10), the last in a series of government-wide funding measures for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11).

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By Inside GNSS
April 18, 2011

Modernization Times

Enterprise Baseline Schedule

Col. Bernie Gruber, commander of the GPS Directorate since June 2010, works in a busy place.

Through its various incarnations since being established in 1974 — as Joint Program Office, Air Force Wing, and now Directorate — the GPS program at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Los Angeles Air Force Base, California, has been at the center of the action.

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By Inside GNSS
March 30, 2011

Army Fields GPS-Guided Mortar in Afghanistan

GPS-guided APMI mortar in the field. U.S. Army photo

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan are the first Army combat units to have access to GPS-guided 120-millimeter mortar cartridge capability — a rapidly fielded capability that has put precision guidance into a still-smaller military form factor.

The Program Executive Office (PEO) for Ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, fielded the Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative (APMI) cartridges to an infantry brigade combat team (IBCT) earlier this month, and is scheduled to field cartridges to the seven other IBCTs in Afghanistan within six months.

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By Inside GNSS
March 14, 2011

The Civilian Battlefield

Figures 1 & 2

For the complete story, including figures, graphs, and images, please download the PDF of the article, above.

Growing dependence on GNSS for positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) has raised a parallel concern about the potential risks of signal interference. The popular press has recently highlighted accounts of car thieves using GPS jammers, solar flares pumping out L-band radiation, and faulty television sets causing havoc to GPS receivers across an entire harbor.

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By Inside GNSS
March 12, 2011

Registration opens for 2011 GPS Partnership Council Meeting at Los Angeles AFB

A Coast Guard search and rescue helicopter demonstrates the use of GPS technology at a previous GPS Partnership Council meeting. (Photo: Joe Juarez)

Registration is now open for the 2011 GPS Partnership Council meeting on Tuesday, May 3 and Wednesday, May 4 at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. 

These military and industry networking meetings, now in their 11th year, are sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) and the USAF GPS Directorate, formerly the GPS Wing. 

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By Inside GNSS
February 26, 2011

GPS Partnership Council Meeting 2011

Space and Missile Systems Center (LA AFB photo)

The 11th GPS Partnership Council meeting will take place on May 3 and 4, 2011 at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. It is located about four miles south of the Los Angeles Airport.

These military and industry networking meetings are sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of AFCEA (Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association) and the USAF GPS Wing. 

This year’s theme is T "Executing Modernization… Enabling New Paths and Beyond."

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