June 29, 2012

House and Senate Slash Civil GPS Funding

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Appropriators in both the U.S. House and Senate have slashed next year's funding for support of the civil portion of the GPS program. Lawmakers halved the portion of the Federal Aviation Administration budget dedicated to supporting the civil signals as well as the ground network monitoring of those signals. (more)

Imminent Addition of Leap Second Highlights Campaign for Its Elimination

[SIGNALS Exclusive] The world's dominant mode of timekeeping, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), will take on another leap second tomorrow (Saturday, June 30, 2012). The increment will be inserted at 23:59:60 UTC. (more)

Deadline Approaches for EGNOS Services Contract

Would-be operators of the European satellite-based augmentation system have until July 16 to submit requests to be able to compete for an eight-year contract through 2021. (more)

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House Action Would Thwart GPS-Aided Tracking of Commercial Trucks

Independent truck operators and a general fear of government surveillance led to passage of an amendment today (June 29, 2012) that would prohibit U.S. agencies from implementing any rule requiring GPS tracking or other devices to be installed in passenger or commercial vehicles. (more)

ESNC Prize: Submit Your GNSS Application Idea by July 8

Time is short - the European Satellite Navigation Competition, aka Galileo Masters - is seeking the best GPS and GNSS applications ideas for this year's contest. The deadline has been extended one week to Sunday, July 8. (more)
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