Defense

Col. Bernie Gruber: Farewell Perspective on GPS Program

June 11, 2013By

This week’s Defense PNT newsletter by GPS World contributing editor Don Jewell carries an exit interview with Col. Bernard “Bernie” Gruber, who is leaving his post as director of the GPS Directorate after more than three and a half years in that position, and concluding his 26-year U.S. Air Force career. Look for the full interview later this week on... read more

Air Force Video Explains GPS Role in Daily Life

June 5, 2013By
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All of us in the GPS industry know someone who only thinks of GPS as a feature of their smartphone. You might direct them to a new YouTube video presented by the U.S. Air Force, which summarizes the worldwide role of GPS. It also touches on the GPS modernization program and new signals. The seven-minute video explains in simple terms... read more

Lockheed Martin Completes Functional Testing of GPS III Electronic Systems

June 5, 2013By
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A Lockheed Martin-led industry team has completed successful functional integration tests of the spacecraft bus and network communications equipment on the first satellite of the next generation Global Positioning System, known as GPS III. The recent testing of GPS III space vehicle 1 (SV 1) bus — the portion of the space vehicle that carries mission payloads and hosts them... read more

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Following the Team into Danger

June 1, 2013By
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When a team of firefighters, first responders, or soldiers operates inside a building, in urban canyons, underground, in foliage, or under the forest canopy, the GPS-denied environment presents unique navigation challenges. An enhanced personal inertial navigation system (ePINS), based on a strapdown navigation solution using a mid-grade IMU and wavelet-based motion-classification algorithms, can track positions with errors of less than 2 percent of distance traveled in both indoor and outdoor environments. read more

Beidou to Ensure Information Security

May 24, 2013By

The chief designer of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System said China will advocate the use of the system, which will be compatible with new devices, “so that Beidou can function properly and independently even if something goes wrong with the GPS.” Sun Jiadong, chief designer of BDS and an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, made his comments in... read more

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Accord’s NexNav GPS Receiver Supports Freeflight with FAA’s Capstone Retrofit Project

May 22, 2013By

Accord Technology’s NexNav GPS receiver will be supporting FreeFlight Systems with its recently awarded FAA Capstone Retrofit Project. In March 2013, FreeFlight and Accord announced their collaboration to develop practical and cost-effective ARINC 429 WAAS GPS solutions that enable aircraft operators to meet ADS-B, RNP (0.3) and other performance-based navigation mandates, worldwide. The NexNav Circuit Card Assembly (CCA) will integrate... read more

ITT Exelis Completes Signal Sentry 1000 Product Integration

May 17, 2013By
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An ITT Exelis product that detects and locates GPS interference sources in 3-D by using longitude, latitude and altitude has successfully completed a significant integration milestone. Signal Sentry 1000, formerly known as GPS Interference, Detection and Geolocation, may now be deployed to collect actionable intelligence for law enforcement, such as tracking high-value targets and protecting critical infrastructure. Signal Sentry 1000... read more

Trends in GPS/PNT User Equipment

May 15, 2013By
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“A Guide to Trends in GPS/PNT User Equipment” Presentation to the 11th Meeting of the PNT Advisory Board The following is an abbreviated transcript of Don Jewell’s briefing to the PNT Advisory Board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The slides from Jewell’s briefing and the other briefings to the board are available at pnt.gov under the heading 11th... read more

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