Lost Over the Pacific

September 9, 2015By

There I was, well above Angels 40, sound asleep wearing a positive pressure oxygen mask and helmet with the droning of multiple jet engines in the background for company. Then, I was abruptly awoken by an aircrew member urgently calling my name. On waking I noticed that it was colder and darker than I remembered when I had nodded off. The only light was that strange ambient light you only experience at high altitudes, and there was zero radio chatter in my helmet headset. read more

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GPS-Guided Artillery Rounds Will Arm Dutch Howitzers

September 8, 2015By
The latest variant of the Excalibur precision-guided projectile will be used by armies and be available for naval ships.

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense is adding Raytheon Company’s Excalibur Ib artillery rounds to its arsenal under a previously announced foreign military sales agreement, underscoring growing international interest in the precision-guided projectile. The Netherlands is the second Excalibur lb customer in Europe after Sweden, the U.S. government’s development partner for the 155-mm round. Deliveries are expected to begin later this... read more

Northrop Grumman Gives Award to Curtiss-Wright for Global Hawk

September 8, 2015By
An RQ-4 Global Hawk soars through the sky to record intelligence, surveillence and reconnaissance data. (Courtesy USAF)

Curtiss-Wright Corporation’s Defense Solutions division was honored by Northrop Grumman for its role as a supplier in support of the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Global Hawk has flown 150,000 total flight hours supporting diverse global missions. Carrying a variety of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensor payloads, Global Hawk supports anti-terrorism, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, airborne communications and information-sharing... read more

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TAG’s Military Survey System on Display at ION GNSS+

September 2, 2015By

Technology Advancement Group (TAG) will be showcasing precision, navigation and timing technology integration solutions at the ION GNSS+ conference, which will be held Sept. 14-15 in Tampa, Fla. In particular, TAG will display a custom-designed military GNSS survey system that is the U.S. Army program of record for geodetic, construction and airfield surveying. TAG’s Precise Positioning Service Global Positioning System Survey (PPS GPS-S) system was designed specifically for... read more

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Madden Joins Lockheed Martin for MILSATCOM

September 1, 2015By
Dave Madden.

On Aug. 24, David W. Madden joined Lockheed Martin’s Military Space Line of Business, where he will be responsible for international military satellite communications (MILSATCOM), based in Denver. Madden served as the GPS Wing Commander at the Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Los Angeles, Calif., before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in May 2010. From June 2010 until his new appointment,... read more

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L2C and Next-Generation Smart PNT Receivers

August 12, 2015By
SVN49 in space  (artist’s rendering).  The signal anomaly from SVN 49 alerted researchers to new possibilities in analysis and monitoring.

Are you using a legacy-model PNT (position, navigation and timing) receiver or a smart PNT receiver, and why does it matter? Don’t have a clue? Read on! Hint — L2C and CNAV (civilian navigation message format) are the major reason it matters. Yes, it’s all because of L2C, the controversial GPS civilian signal that seems to always be in the news and just... read more

Fitness Trackers Could Speed Soldiers’ Recovery

August 3, 2015By

Wearable fitness trackers such as FitBit could help military patients recover quicker, according to Col. Deydre Teyhen, an official with from the Defense Health Headquarter’s Office of the Surgeon General. The trackers could help patients with musculoskeletal conditions gauge how much physical activity they can handle without exacerbating their injuries, Teyhen told an audience at a conference hosted by tech association, AFCEA and reported by NextGov. Device-agnostic software... read more

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A WINS for Warfighters

July 30, 2015By
The current WINS form factor (left) sits beside a prototype for the future incarnation.

A new device is being developed to enable foot soldiers to find their exact location in GPS-denied situations. If satellite signals are blocked by heavy jungle canopy, or because of enemy interference, soldiers — and Headquarters — will still know where they are with the Warfighter Integrated Navigation System (WINS). read more