February 29, 2016

U.S. Administration, Congress Continue to Underfund Civil GPS Signal Monitoring
[SIGNALS Exclusive] The civil GPS community is facing a significant federal funding cut in the midst of programmatic shifts and political squalls that make the long-term outlook murkier than usual. (more)
In Push for FCC Action, Ligado Releases Some GPS Receiver Test Data
[SIGNALS Exclusive] Ligado Networks, the enterprise formerly known as LightSquared, released partial results from their tests of GPS receivers last week, a step one expert suggested might be aimed at easing a political decision to move the project forward before the completion of an ongoing federal interference study. (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.
DoD Offficial Says Fate of OCX Program May Be Decided within a Few Months
A decision on canceling at least some of the modernized GPS ground control system contract could be made within a matter of months and certainly before President Obama leaves office, the Pentagon's senior acquisition official told reporters last week. (more)
High-precision GNSS technology for the mass market
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.
Early Launch for Galileo Satellite Duo
Europe's Galileo program has advanced the schedule for its 2016 satellite launches. Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by Soyuz rocket in May, ahead of a quartet jplanned for launch on an Ariane 5 in the autumn, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. (more)
ESA Initiative Seeks to Boost GNSS Applications in European Rail Network
The European Space Agency (ESA) has launched a new initiative to support space-based enhancements to Europe's railway network. (more)
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