June 16, 2015

GPS Military Programs Well Supported, But FY16 Defense Bills Face Veto

[SIGNALS Exclusive] With just weeks to go before Congress disperses for a month-long break lawmakers have yet to finalize either a defense funding bill or legislation authorizing military spending for fiscal year 2016. The way forward looks particularly rocky as enacting both bills will require resolving a yearslong fight over spending caps. (more)

Federal Cuts Expected in Civil GPS-Related Programs

[SIGNALS Exclusive] In sharp contrast to the strong support given to the military's satellite navigation programs, Congress is considering cutting every GPS-related programs supported by the Department of Transportation (DoT) next fiscal year. (more)


Surveying Galaxies and Mapping the Birthplaces of Stars with a Suborbital Observatory   

This free paper details the innovative suborbital observatory launched from Antarctica which relies on the precision and durability of fiber optic gyros to provide relative positioning in the most demanding of environments - suborbital space. This ongoing experiment studies galaxies to learn the secrets of star formation and evolution using the same high performance fiber optic technology available to you right here, right now.
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GNSS and World Trade Law: Playing by the Rules    

Level playing field or national "champions"? This article by two legal scholars examines the legal, economic, and political issues arising from the cross-currents caused by the requirements of international trade agreements and the inclination of nations to favor their own GNSS programs. (more)

GPS Directorate Gains New Leader     

Colonel Steve Whitney was sworn in July 8 as the director of the Global Positioning Systems (GPS) Directorate, Space and Missile Systems Center, Air Force Space Command, Los Angeles Air Force Base, California. (more)

Officials Delay First Foreign GNSS Signal Authorization Request; Light-Squared Tries to Leverage Issue     

The U.S. stance on satellite navigation has long supported international cooperation and a degree of interoperability. In 2010 the Obama administration even adopted a space policy that said foreign satnav services could be used "to augment and strengthen the resiliency of GPS." (more)

Inside GNSS Editor Glen Gibbons Honored by British Navigators for GNSS Journalism    

Inside GNSS editor and publisher Glen Gibbons has received a high honor from the United Kingdom's Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) for his "outstanding contribution to navigation" as a journalist and publisher. (more)

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