October 16, 2012

RTCA on Path to Study RF Interference Limits and Tougher GNSS Receivers

[SIGNALS Exclusive] The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expected to ask its top advisors on signal interference to help map out the allowable power limits for applications using frequencies close to those used by the satellite navigation community. (more)

Federal Reports Focus on GPS Security, Privacy Issues in Unmanned Aerial Systems

[SIGNALS Exclusive] A September report on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) highlighted the potential risks posed by GPS jamming and spoofing but failed to make any new recommendations on how the issue should be addressed. Associated privacy issues, however, have gotten more attention. (more)

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NovAtel GNSS Engineer Shares in Record Wingsuit Jump

One hundred skydivers from 21 different countries set multiple records for a wingsuit formation last month, jumping out of five separate planes above Perris Valley in southern California. The jump has been submitted to Guiness World records. (more)

Second Pair of Galileo IOV Navigation Satellites Takes Off Successfully

A Soyuz ST-B launcher carrying two Galileo in-orbit validation (IOV) satellites took off as scheduled at 18:15 GMT (20:15 CEST; 2:15 p.m. EDT) on October 12 from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. (more)

GPS Military Receiver Developers Receive New Contracts

The GPS Directorate has approved three contracts to continue the military GPS user equipment (MGUE) development program for portable, ground-based receivers. (more)

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