Defense

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
TAG-PPS-GPS-S

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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Rockwell, GPS Source Demonstrate M-Code GPS Receiver in DAGR Distributed Device

August 31, 2015By
The Rockwell Collins GB-GRAM-M (pictured here) is the product of one of the MUE card development contracts, awarded by the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center. The program is developing the next generation of GPS user equipment to include a new military signal and enhanced security architecture

GPS Source and Rockwell Collins have successfully demonstrated the ability of the Military-Code Ground-Based GPS Receiver Application Module (GB-GRAM-M) receiver card to fit within the Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR) Distributed Device (D3). GPS Source and Rockwell Collins are the first to provide this capability for the M-code signal, which is one of the key elements in the modernization of... 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

ION-JNC and the Nascent Paradigm

July 8, 2015By
Take-off of the 1903 Wright Flyer, the world's first powered, sustained and controlled heavier-than-air flight on Dec. 17, 1903.

In June, I participated in the Institute of Navigation’s Joint Navigation Conference. This year attendance was up by 20 percent. The entire event was FOUO (For Official Use Only) with a classified day, which included a remarkable War Fighter Panel that I co-chaired with my colleague Jim Doherty at Institute For Defense Analyses. It is always heart-warming and invariably enlightening to hear our warfighters discuss capabilities that GPS enables for them in times of peace and war. You could even say this was the theme of the conference: “The capabilities that GPS technology enables.” PLUS: The future of SpaceX. read more