April 2011

Air Traffic Control

ATC Modernization: NextGen, FAA, GNSS, and Avionics Equipage

[GNSS SIGNALS exclusive] Prospects are improving for federal legislation that would provide the Federal Aviation Admininstration (FAA) with a regular full-year budget for the first time since Fiscal Year 2007 - including support for the transition to a GNSS-driven air traffic control (ATC) system known as NextGen and a "public-private partnership" for new avionics equipment. (more)


Old and New: Return of the Federal Radionavigation Plan

[GNSS SIGNALS exclusive] The release of the 2010 Federal Radionavigation Plan (FRP) marks 20 years of this fixture on the U.S. policy landscape. The FRP - part history, part vision, part plan - is a useful guide for the various positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) user communities. It also charts the rise and fall of navigation technologies and programs. (more)

LightSquared vs. GPS

Coalition to Save Our GPS Webinar Shows LightSquared Risks

GPS supporters are trying to slow what appears to be a runaway LightSquared express bearing down on the civil L1 signal frequency. They are fighting the 4G/LTE broadband cellular wholesaler's effort to shift the burden of proof and interference mitigation costs onto the GNSS community. (more)
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Perminov Out at Roscosmos - Backdrop of GLONASS Launch Failure

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin appointed Vladimir Popovkin, formerly First Deputy Defense Minister, as head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos on April 29, 2011, replacing Anatoly Perminov. (more)

GNSS & Privacy

New Senate Subcommittee Addresses Mobile Technologies and Privacy: Apple, Google to Appear

The U.S. Constitution addresses government activities, but not the actions of commercial business and individuals. These are left to federal, state, and local laws. So, when the government conducts warrantless surveillance using GPS, the issue may end up in court. If private companies do it, they find themselves at a senate hearing. (more)
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