January 16, 2014

Galileo Funding, Satellite Tests Move Program Back on Track

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Approval by the European Parliament of the new 2014-2020 European Union (EU) budget last November was widely seen as a step in the right direction for the 28-nation union, after more than a year of sometimes bitter monetary wrangling. (more)

Key Lawmakers Move to Put Privacy Controls in Place for UAVs

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, the head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, is working with Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, who chair the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, to craft privacy legislation to protect people from intrusion by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). (more)


The KVH 1750 IMU is an ultra-compact, high-accuracy 6 DOF inertial sensor ideal for guidance, navigation, & stabilization applications where size, weight, and power consumption must be minimized without sacrificing precision. Leveraging patented KVH technology, the 1750 IMU incorporates the world's smallest precision fiber optic gyro - KVH's DSP-1750 - with very low noise MEMS accelerometers. Result: a high-performance commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) system with excellent bias stability and repeatability. Watch the video.  

DoT Opposes Early Start for Navigation Messages on New Civil GPS Signals

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) is asking the Air Force to cancel its plan to add navigation data to two key civil GPS signals this year, saying they are concerned that the approach and "nonstandard engineering tools" military officials plan to use could put GPS users at risk. (more)

New BeiDou ICD Describes Second Civil Signal; Officials Describe Progress, Plans

At a news media conference in Beijing on the first anniversary of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) declaration of full operational capability (FOC) for its regional service, officials reported on the current performance of China's GNSS system. (more)

India Certifies GAGAN for En Route and NPA Flight Operations

India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) provisionally certified the nation's Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) - the GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system - to RNP0.1 (Required Navigation Performance, 0.1  Nautical Mile) service level on December 30, 2013. (more)

Enhanced Differential Loran Maritime Trials in The Netherlands

The Dutch Pilots Corporation and Reelektronika announced on January 7 that the successful development and test of an Enhanced Differential Loran (eDLoran) backup to GNSS in The Netherlands. (more)

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