March 19, 2012

Global Positioning System
SBIRS Decision Could Undermine Prospects for GPS Dual-Launch

[SIGNALS exclusive] No nuclear detonation detection sensors on the Space-Based Infrared System satellites? The Air Force is poised to make that decision and it could complicate efforts to maintain the GPS system by making it impossible to launch multiple, lighter GPS satellites on a single rocket. (more)

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GNSS Providers Help Munich Summit Celebrate a Decade

[GNSS SIGNALS Exclusive] All four GNSS providers celebrated progress in their respective programs with presentations at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit while organizers cut the cake for the event's 10th birthday party. The Bavarian conference has established itself as the premier European venue for high-level discussion of satellite positioning, navigation and timing programs and (more)

LightSquared Lashes Out at FCC in Last Round of Comments on GPS Interference

In a last-ditch effort to salvage its wireless broadband system from official rejection due to interference to GPS, LightSquared Inc. has filed a lengthy rebuttal to the Federal Communications Commission's notice of its plan to withdraw the agency's conditional approval of the proposed high-power terrestrial network. (more)

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Air Force Plans Shift to Fixed-Price Contract for GPS III

[SIGNALS Exclusive] As part of its effort to control costs, the Air Force will be shifting the GPS III program to a fixed-price contract, a Pentagon official told members of a House committee recently. (more)

Now You See It . . .
Faster Than Light? Physicists and GPS Expert Debate Results from the Large Hadron Collider

On Tuesday, six experts will debate the exciting - and controversial - claims of faster-than-light neutrinos from physicists who used the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest particle accelerator, in a European experiment that called into question the basics of modern physics. MITRE Corporation director Chris Hegarty will share his perspective on the GPS aspect of the experiment. (more)

Indoor Positioning
Polaris Wireless Names Per Enge as Tech Advisor

Stanford University professor and GNSS expert Per Enge has been named chief technical advisor of Polaris Wireless, a Mountain View, California-based provider of software-based wireless positioning. (more)
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