November 30, 2015

Cryptic DHS Reorganization Plan Omits Mention of Protecting GPS
[SIGNALS Exclusive] The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reorganizing the vast directorate responsible for cybersecurity and the nation's critical infrastructure. Thus far, however, protecting the GPS signals essential to most of that infrastructure hasn't rated a public mention in the plans. (more)
Broad Support for GNSS-Based Transportation Tech in New Highway Bill
[SIGNALS Exclusive]The House and Senate, now working with a fresh extension, have until December 4 to hammer out the details of a new highway bill. The legislation will authorize - but not necessarily appropriate - Highway Fund monies for state roadways for as long as six years and likely spin up research into intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and connected and autonomous vehicle technology - three sectors that rely on GNSS for success. (more) <
"Fundamentals of GPS Threats": Discover how the growing threats to satellite navigation signals can impact your critical systems, and what you can do about it - White Paper
Satellite navigation signals from space are precariously weak and can easily be blocked, damaged, or compromised by a growing array of threats - including solar activity, man-made interference, malicious faking of GPS signals, and the manipulation of position and timing information. As we come to rely more and more on GNSS signals and data across a wide range of industries, understanding and mitigating against these threats will become a critical risk management activity for manufacturers, systems and applications providers, and end-users.
ESA Names Verhoef to head Galileo, Sat Nav Directorate
The European Space Agency (ESA) Council has named Paul Verhoef, a 25-year veteran of the European Commission (EC) to serve as director of Galileo Program and Navigation-Related Activities. (more)
Tested in Space
Sensonor has been selected for the Dauria Aerospace small satellite program based in Skolkovo, Moscow, Russia, and the NASA Ames Research Center, California. Successfully flying on the DX-1, it was announced that Sensonor technology as been chosen for the next spacecraft - Auriga. The Sensonor STIM210 and the STIM300 were selected due to their unique combination of size, weight, power consumption and cost - making them extremely attractive compared to alternative solutions. Sensonor modules, highly reliable in the rigors of a space, are currently flying on multiple satellite programs in the U.S., Europe, Russia, and Asia.
From the November/December issue of Inside GNSS
eCall: Coming Soon to a Highway Near You
Europe has launched an initiative to save lives through in-vehicle communication and positioning technology. (more)
Thinking Aloud: Failure to Communicate
Its inaction on authorizing use of foreign GNSS signals makes one wonder what the FCC would do if it was in charge of the air itself, rather than just the airwaves. (more)
GNSS & the Law: Liability for GNSS Signals and Services
Safety critical systems are rarely wholly reliant on GNSS, but related services that are otherwise independent may have GNSS as a common point of failure. Should users of GNSS or third parties be able to claim compensation for damage suffered from reliance on malfunctioning GNSS systems? (more)
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