February 16, 2016

With a stopgap fix under contract and a bump-up in next year's budget request on the table the Air Force appears intent on sticking with its plan to continue work on a new GPS ground system despite dismay over repeated delays.
The U.S. Air Force and its mission partners successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on February 5. (more)  
u-blox addresses the demand for lower priced high precision technology ideal for UAVs and guidance robotics. The demand for lower-priced, high-precision technology is growing rapidly, as evident in the areas of precision agriculture, UAVs, and robotic lawnmowers. However, due to size, power, and cost restrictions, existing high precision solutions have been unable to meet the demands of these markets.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) says that the recent decommissioning of a GPS satellite led to difficulties for listeners receiving digital radio signals. (more)
Lockheed Martin has announced that the first GPS III satellite successfully completed system-level Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing on December 23, validating the design of the entire assembled satellite. (more)
Imagine the impact of a low-cost true north gyrocompass navigation solution on small ROVs and AUVs. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University tested a commercial KVH inertial measurement unit, and found results both promising and directly applicable to static instrument deployment. Read the paper on the experiment, and discover KVH's new GEO-FOG 3D inertial navigation system which includes a built-in north-seeking algorithm.
China Launches New MEO BeiDou Satellite; 18 More to Come by End of 2018
China successfully completed its first BeiDou launch of the year, lifting a new-generation satellite into orbit on February 1 and adding to its 17 operational spacecraft in the nation's GNSS constellation. (more)
In its first GLONASS-M launch in more than a year, Russia lifted a satellite into orbit on February 7 from the Pletsetsk Cosmodrome, after being postponed from December. (more)
LightSquared Inc. has announced a change of name to Ligado Networks, as it hopes to shake contentious history with GPS community. (more)
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