April 30, 2012

Abandon the Common GPS Galileo Civil Signal? It Could Happen.

[SIGNALS exclusive] The U.S. government is so unhappy about a British patent claim on the new civil GPS signal that, if things cannot be worked out, officials might consider abandoning the interoperable signal structure. The British military establishment is seeking royalties from GPS receiver manufacturers, asserting it holds a patent on the technology at the heart of the new GPS and Galileo civil signals. (more)

Cybersecurity Bills Could Reshape GPS Anti-Interference Efforts

[GNSS SIGNALS Exclusive] Legislation moving through Congress could reshape efforts to counter GPS interference as the government steps up its efforts to fight cybercrime and protect critical systems like the power grid and communications networks. (more)

China Succeeds with Dual BeiDou-2 Compass Satellite Launch

China successfully launched two Compass satellites into space at 4:50 a.m. Beijing Time on Monday, April 30 (20:50 UTC, April 29). Designated Compass M3 and M4, these are the 12th and 13th of its second-generation Beidou-2 spacecraft to reach orbit and the second and third middle-Earth-orbiting (MEO) spacecraft launched by China's GNSS program. (more)

IFEN - The Leader in GNSS Test Solutions

[ADVERTISEMENT] GPS, GLONASS, Galileo... and more to come.  Are you ready for the future?

Take full advantage of our unique GNSS test range and laboratory test solutions, enabling you to meet the coming era of Multi-GNSS systems with your GNSS products and services. [more]

NASA Backs Test of Real-time GPS Earthquake and Tsunami Alerts

Evolution of real-time GNSS reference networks and data processing has evolved to the point that NASA-backed researchers believe they can soon implement large-scale demonstration tests to provide earthquake and tsunami alerts to the general public and emergency responders. (more)

Falcone Appears Ready to Step Away from LightSquared

Harbinger Capital Management LLC fund manager Philip Falcone has reportedly agreed to eventually withdraw from his leadership position with LightSquared Inc., the would-be wireless broadband that ran into problems because its proposed terrestrial transmitters would have caused interference to GPS receivers. (more)

FAA Extends Raytheon's WAAS Contract

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded Raytheon Company a two-year contract extension to continue to provide services for the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS). The $30.1 million contract extends the period of performance through Sept. 24, 2013.  (more)
You are receiving this issue of SIGNALS, the free e-newsletter of Inside GNSS Magazine, because you are involved with GNSS policy, technology or system integration and/or are a reader of the magazine. If you haven't subscribed to SIGNALS and would like to continue to receive it each month, sign up online: <>. You may unsubscribe from this mailing list at any time.