May 31, 2013

State Associations Tackle Privacy UAV Issues

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Three state government associations are teaming up with privacy advocates and drone proponents to craft legislation potentially critical to opening the country to the unmanned aircraft industry. (more)

Interview with European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani

[SIGNALS Exclusive] A former officer in the Italian Air Force, Antonio Tajani has been vice-president of the European Commission (EC) since May 2008. Tajani is, however, also the current European Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, which makes him top man at the European Union (EU) directorate-general that oversees the Europoean GNSS programs, particularly Galileo and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). (more)

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Air Force Proposes Dramatic Redesign for GPS Constellation

[SIGNALS Exclusive] With the budget vise tightening, top Pentagon managers are readying some potentially dramatic changes to the GPS constellation - changes that promise to lower both the cost of the satellites and the expense of putting them into orbit. (more)

Living in an APNT World

Back in the 1990s, when I first came across the U.S. Federal Radionavigation Plan (FRP), I learned that the rise of the Global Positioning System drove the biannual FRP process because of the expectation that GPS would enable the government to shut down many pieces in the hodgepodge of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) systems. (more)


"Studying the Effects of Interference on GNSS Signals - White Paper"       

Assessing the impact of interference on live GNSS signals is a slow and challenging process, with many uncontrollable environmental factors. In this white paper, Spirent's test engineers describe how to conduct such tests in repeatable laboratory conditions, and reveal the effects of five different interference sources on the tracking capability and navigation performance of a commercially available GPS receiver.

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From Fledgling to Flight: Boeing's Little Bird UAV

For several years now, the Boeing Unmanned Little Bird program has been examining various methods for precisely navigating a vertical takeoff and landing unmanned aerial system to a moving vessel for launch and recovery operations. An engineering team describes the development and testing of a GNSS/inertial system that uses relative navigation techniques to do this successfully. (more)

Human Engineering: Di Qiu - Opportunities of Signals

Just beginning her career, Di Qiu is making the most out of GNSS and other radio signals to broaden her professional bandwidth. (more)

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