March 31, 2015

Bipartisan Bill Would Force Creation of GPS Backup

[SIGNALS Exclusive] Four leading lawmakers, apparently impatient with the Obama Administration's less-than-urgent approach to assuring availability of critical navigation and timing resources, have sponsored a bill mandating the Department of Defense institute a backup for the Global Positioning System. (more)

China Launches New-Generation BeiDou Satellite

China's Xinhua news agency has announced the launch a new-generation BeiDou satellite at 9:52 p.m. Beijing time yesterday (March 30, 2015). (more)


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Coast Guard's New Cybersecurity Strategy Encompasses GPS

[SIGNALS Exclusive] The Coast Guard is poised to release a new cybersecurity strategy that includes a resilient position and navigation capability. The new strategy, which is reportedly due to be announced any day, was previewed by Vice Adm. Charles Michel, the Coast Guards' deputy commandant for operations, at a maritime cyber security conference in early March. (more)

Successful Galileo FOC Launch Brings Relief to Europe's GNSS Program

European space officials and engineering teams heaved a collective sigh of relief as the second attempt to launch a pair of full operational capability (FOC) Galileo satellites appears to have succeeded. (more)

U.S. Air Force Gets Another GPS Satellite into Space

The United Launch Alliance successfully launched another U.S. Air Force GPS Block IIF satellite  on March 25from Cape Canaveral on board a Delta IV rocket. (more)

GSA's GNSS Market Report #4: The Most Thorough Yet

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) unveiled its latest GNSS Market Report on March 25 at the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany. (more)

U.S. DoT Seeks Comments on eLoran Backup to GPS

The Federal Register has published a solicitation for public comment regarding "potential plans" by the U.S. government to implement an enhanced Long Range Navigation (eLoran) system as a complementary positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capability to GPS. (more)

Inside GNSS Webinar: Precise Point Positioning, Part II

Take a deeper dive into PPP during a free, 90-minute Inside GNSS web seminar sponsored by NovAtel. Following up on a first webinar on precise positioning techniques, Dr. Sanjeev Gunawardena, from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and Dr. Sunil Bisnath, of York University, are returning on April 14 (1 p.m. PDT; 20:00 UTC) to explore PPP in greater depth. (more)

Digital Version of Inside GNSS March/April Issue Now Available

A "smart" PDF of the March/April issue of Inside GNSS can be downloaded here. (more)

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