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Block II GPS Satellite Retires after 22 Years

January 9, 2015By

Jan. 6 was the last day of service for GPS satellite SVN-26. SVN-26 was a Boeing/Rockwell International Block II GPS satellite launched July 7, 1992. It was one of the first generation of operational GPS satellites, and had a design life of only 7.5 years. On Jan. 7, SVN-26 (PRN-26) was transferred from the operational ground control system (AEP) to Launch,... read more

Border Patrol via Drones Not Effective, IG Says

January 8, 2015By
The CBP's unmanned aerial program includes the Predator B aircraft, as well as ground control stations, pilots, sensor operators, video cameras, land and maritime radar, and communication equipment. (CBP Photo)

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office finds that use of unmanned aerial drones to patrol the U.S./Mexico border is not effective. The Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Unmanned Aircraft System program has been in operation for eight years. Problems include a lack of performance measures and sky-high operational costs, according to the report, which was... read more

Russian Government Sets Up GLONASS Company

January 8, 2015By

The Russian government is establishing a joint stock company named “GLONASS” with 100-percent participation of the state, according to the website of the Russian Cabinet, as reported by Ria Novosti. Russian President Vladimir Putin in July 2014 ordered the government to develop and adopt a roadmap for the creation of an open joint-stock company “GLONASS” with 100-percent state participation. According to the plan, the... read more

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GPS Director Cooley Nominated for Brigadier General

January 8, 2015By
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Colonel William Cooley, director of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate, has been nominated by President Obama to the Senate for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, United States Air Force, according to an announcement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He is the first SPO director in many years to be nominated for general officer rank, according to Don Jewell, GPS World’s contributing editor... read more

Ford Autonomous Vehicle On the Way, CEO Says

January 8, 2015By
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Ford Motor Company highlighted the semi-autonomous vehicles it has on the road today and fully autonomous vehicles now in development at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. “We’re already manufacturing and selling semi-autonomous vehicles that use software and sensors to steer into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, adjust speed based on traffic flow or apply the... read more

Russian Airline Approved for GNSS Landings

January 7, 2015By

Russia’s S7 Airlines has received approval for three Boeing 737-800s to perform landings using GNSS, becoming the country’s first carrier to do so, reports Air Transport World. According to an S7 statement, more than 50 airports in Russia have installed equipment allowing global positioning landings (GLS). Russia’s State Air Transport Management Corp. plans to certify 10-15 airports per year for GLS... read more

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CES: Visteon Demonstrates Connectivity Gateway for Connected Car

January 7, 2015By

Visteon Corporation is demonstrating its latest vehicle connectivity system at the 2015 International CES being held this week in Las Vegas. Visteon’s system provides a secure and reliable gateway to advance the connected driving experience for drivers and automakers, the company said. A robust vehicle communication gateway is essential to ensure reliable connectivity that can keep pace with advances in 4G LTE,... read more

UN, ROSCOSMOS Plan GNSS Economic Workshop

January 7, 2015By

The United Nations and Russia’s space agency ROSCOSMOS are holding a workshop on ways to use GNSS for sustainable social and economic benefits. The workshop will be held May 18-22 in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation. The United Nations/Russian Federation Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems is organized jointly by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the... read more

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