December 31, 2015

Authorization of Galileo Use in U.S. Could Become a Factor in U.S. Access to PRS
[SIGNALS Exclusive] Approval of a European Union (EU) petition to officially allow Galileo signals to be used in the United States may become an issue during upcoming negotiations over an American request for access to Galileo's Public Regulated Service (PRS) signal, an EU advisor suggested. (more)
Air Force Space Command to Release New GPS III Feasibility Solicitation
The Pentagon has announced the imminent release of a new solicitation in its two-year search for a contractor to build the next tranche of GPS III satellites. (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.
Most read news items on during 2015
[1] U.S. Secretary of Defense Wants to Move Past GPS to MEMS-Based Navigation
Ashton Carter, the new U.S. Secretary of Defense has been making clear he supports moving past GPS to a disbursed network based on microelectromechanical systems or MEMS for position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information. (more)
[2] Renewed Spectrum Fight Emerges between GPS, LightSquared at ABC Workshop
Spectrum-related tensions reemerged during a workshop on March 12, 2015, organized to gather feedback on a testing plan to help protect GPS receivers. (more)
[3] Car Technology Choice Study Shows Low Interest in Navigation Functions
Navigation technologies appear to be losing their charm among new car buyers in the United States. (more)
[4] DoD Seeks Sources for 50,000 eLoran Receivers
In a nod to the usefulness of international enhanced Loran (eLoran) systems the U.S. Department OF Defense (DoD) in January began a search for companies able to supply some 50,000 eLoran receivers. Meanwhile a multi-agency team continues sketching out the structure of a potential U.S. eLoran system for federal officials weighing a relaunch of the program as a backup to GPS. (more)
[5] eLoran Signal Tests Start, Could Demonstrate GPS Backup Alternative
With worries mounting about jamming and other disruptions of GPS signals, officials took a step toward possibly establishing a backup for satellite navigation users in the United States. (more)
[6] Financial Networks Shifting to GPS-Stamped Precise Time
New competitive demands and regulatory requirements are driving financial firms around the world to use highly precise timestamps on incoming information and transactions, a trend likely to push firms to adopt a common time source like GPS. (more)
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