April 29, 2016

FCC Opens GPS-Adjacent Ligado Proposal for Comment
[SIGNALS exclusive] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is officially asking for feedback on a proposal by Ligado Networks to repurpose frequencies near the GPS band for a terrestrial broadband network. The long-delayed public notice and comment period is a step in the approval process, although there is no assurance that Ligado's plan for a new wireless service - which may still cause interference to GPS receivers - will get the go-ahead. (more) <http://www.insidegnss.com/node/4933> 
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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.
SpaceX Snares GPS III Launch Services Contract
On April 27 the Air Force announced the award to Space Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) of an $82.7-million contract for GPS III Launch Services. (more)  
India Completes IRNSS Constellation
On April 28 the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully launched the seventh and final spacecraft for the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). The satellite, IRNSS-1G, was placed into orbit by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C33). (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.
Lawmaker Presses DoD on eLoran's GPS Backup Role
A key lawmaker is pressing the Department of Defense (DoD) about its lack of support for a plan it helped devised to protect the US from the consequences of losing GPS service. (more)
European Satellite Navigation Competition Launches 2016 Edition
The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2016 - this year's incarnation of the largest international competition for commercial GNSS applications - is once again looking for outstanding ideas and business models. Entries will be accepted from until June 30 at the ESNC website. (more)
DHS Demonstrates eLoran Precision Timing Technology at the New York Stock Exchange
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has announced  the successful demonstration of Enhanced Loran (eLoran) for precision timing of financial transactions at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). (more)
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