Defense

Congress yanks funding for OCX

May 17, 2016By

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in the upcoming funding cycle, to enable Raytheon to continue work... read more

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USGIF GEOINT 2016 Symposium Introduction

May 17, 2016By

Geointelligence Insider’s Art Kalinski is reporting live from the GEOINT 2016 Symposium, which is being held May 15-18 in Orlando, Fla. Hosted and produced by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), a non-profit, non-lobbying educational organization, the annual GEOINT Symposium is the nation’s largest gathering of industry, academia and government to include defense, intelligence and Homeland Security Communities as... read more

Mayflower awarded defense MGUE contract for GPS receiver modernization

May 16, 2016By

Mayflower Communications Company Inc. will develop a small security-certifiable GPS module for the United States Air Force’s Modernized GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Program. Mayflower was awarded a Phase III SGUE (Small GPS User Equipment) contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored by the Space and Missile Systems Center/GPS Directorate (SMC/GPSD). Under the contract, the company will develop a small SWaP (Size,... read more

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In defense of PNT: Multi-GNSS to the rescue

May 11, 2016By

For more than 41 years, many of us who were there in the beginning have been discussing the attributes, capabilities, enabling features and shortcomings of GPS and other space-based PNT (position, navigation and timing) systems. You have likely heard most of them; historically they go something like this: The signal is weak. The signal is easily jammed. The signal can be... read more

Arcturus VTOL UAS deployed with the Mexican Navy

May 2, 2016By

Arcturus UAV reports the Mexican Navy has deployed its T-20 Jump fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico. The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March. The announcement was made at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016. The T-20 Jump is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV’s catapult launched T-20 platform. It operates without any special... read more

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USS Coronado deploys with next-gen UAV controls from Raytheon

April 27, 2016By

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Air Systems Command and Raytheon have deployed advanced mission control for the MQ-8 Fire Scout, an unmanned helicopter, aboard the Littoral Combat Ship USS Coronado, which is now underway. Navy control hardware and Raytheon control software were combined for robust, flexible command and control of Fire Scout missions in littoral waters. The USS Coronado is one... read more

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Words from Gen. Hyten: Leader, prophet and warfighter

April 18, 2016By

There were well over 100 presentations and speeches given at the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., last week. However, I only want to speak about one of them briefly. While there were many presentations that were absolutely newsworthy, one presenter had something special and significant to say about the future of space and warfare. Gen. John Hyten is... read more

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Remote servicing and repair could be ‘Holy Grail’ for space

April 12, 2016By

Don Jewell reports from the 32nd Space Symposium, April 11-14, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (See Monday’s blog here.) Tuesday, April 12 There are few Holy Grails in space. Today’s announcements from several different companies made it clear that a couple of these Holy Grails are hopefully about to be realized. This morning, Orbital ATK, in conjunction with its customer Intelsat, announced they are entering... read more

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