Defense

DARPA Ocean Drone Would Lift ‘Upward Falling Payloads’

April 10, 2015By
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DARPA is looking for technology communities that can team to provide expertise and innovation for small sensors, expendable and small unmanned systems, and distributed communications and navigation technology. read more

What to Do, Who to See at the 31st Space Symposium

April 8, 2015By
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Every year before I attend the Space Symposium, I make a list of topics to explore and people to talk to, both as a journalist and in my senior space analyst profession. I thought I would share my topics and names with you, because you may have some of the same interests — including GPS III, OCX and up-and-coming executives and officers. read more

Tallysman GPS/GNSS Antennas Available in Australia, New Zealand

April 7, 2015By
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Two dual-feed GPS/GLONASS antennas from Tallysman’s GNSS antenna range are now available in Australia and New Zealand through M2M Connectivity. Tallysman is a Canada-based developer of high-performance GNSS antennas focused on the requirements for precision and multi-constellation GNSS receivers. Featuring a dual-feed wide-band patch element, Tallysman’s TW2410 and TW4421 antennas cover the GPS L1, GLONASS G1 and SBAS (WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS) frequency band... read more

Bill Supports eLoran as GPS Backup

March 27, 2015By

A bi-partisan group of legislators led by Congressman John Garamendi (D-Calif.) has introduced a bill that would require the U.S. Secretary of Defense to establish a backup for GPS within three years using eLoran. The National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Resilience and Security Act of 2015, H.R. 1678, was co-sponsored by Congressmen Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), and Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J). Garamendi is the... read more

GPS IIF-9 Successfully Lifts Off from Cape Canaveral

March 25, 2015By
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The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) launched on time Wednesday at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT)  from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GPS satellite has been deployed by the Delta IV rocket. read more

Geofeedia, IDV Form Partnership for Threat Assessment

March 23, 2015By

IDV Solutions, a corporation that specializes in business intelligence, physical security and risk visualization software, has formed a technical partnership with Geofeedia, producer of a cloud-based social media monitoring platform. Through the partnership, Geofeedia’s location-based social media monitoring data will now be integrated into IDV Solutions’ Visual Command Center Enterprise Risk Visualization (ERV) software. The companies say the combination of the... read more

Flying Without GPS One Dark, Stormy Night

March 11, 2015By
AWACS refueling (Photo courtesy of the USAF).

In 1978, I was stationed in Iceland as Supervisor of Flying for U.S. Air Force military aircraft. My boss, Major General-selectee John L. (Pete) Piotrowski, had arrived for a visit. In the days before GPS, during a particularly stormy and icy night, we experienced a close call with an AWAC aircraft, leading to just one of the leadership lessons I learned from this great man. Plus: The difference GPS made. read more

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