The GPS Update Syndrome

July 13, 2016By

The I-want-free-advice syndrome was once called the “Doctor Syndrome” or “Expert Syndrome.” I have recently heard it referred to as the “unsolicited advice” syndrome, because there is a new version that involves shaming the expert in to giving free advice. Occasionally those of us with expertise in an area of interest, which certainly include doctors and lawyers, are faced with... read more

GPS ground control making progress, but needs more money

July 12, 2016By

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $39.2 million from Congress to help develop the United States Air Force’s next-generation GPS ground control system (OCX), reports Inside Defense. Without the additional funding, the OCX would be delayed an additional four months and cost $90 million more to complete, the Pentagon said. The embattled OCX showed progress in its July 7 quarterly review,... read more

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Networking for assisted PNT

July 8, 2016By

A networked radio from Thales is designed to meet soldiers’ need for assured positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) while on foot. The MBITR2 is part of a broader defense effort to provide PNT solutions in case of GPS jamming or interference. The MBITR2 is one of a number of devices and technologies, many still in development, to address this need.... read more

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Navsys honored for security

July 7, 2016By

Navsys Corporation received the 2016 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award, the highest honor the Defense Security Service (DSS) presents to cleared industry partners, for its facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 1986 by Alison Brown, NAVSYS has assisted other small businesses, including partner GPS Source, in establishing security programs for GPS products. The company conducts research... read more

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Insitu awarded $71 million Blackjack UAS contract by NAVAIR

June 23, 2016By
The RQ-21A is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde after its first flight at sea. The tests were held in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 10, 2013.

Insitu has been awarded a US$71 million follow-on contract to produce six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), with options for two more, from U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The RQ-21A Blackjack has significantly larger payload mass, volume and power than other small UAS currently being used in theater, according to Insitu, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. The system... read more

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Iridium and GPS revisited: A new PNT solution on the horizon?

June 8, 2016By
Replica of Iridium satellite. (Photo courtesy of Iridium)

How many times have you heard of a nearly 20-year-old space constellation being modified with a new technology? It almost never happens. Get the details on Iridium's new Satellite Time and Location System. read more

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Tomorrow’s driverless convoy on the road today

June 6, 2016By

Unmanned tactical wheeled vehicles for logistics and route clearance missions provide a significant force protection advantage — removing personnel from targeted vehicles, extending standoff distance from explosives, and empowering a single operator to simultaneously supervise multiple unmanned assets in convoy. This article discusses some of the enabling technologies and the motivations behind them, for safer and more efficient logistics and... read more

GPS anti-jam technology on board Schiebel UAS ensures mission success

May 26, 2016By

NovAtel’s compact GAJT anti-jam antenna is now on-board Schiebel’s Camcopter S-100 unmanned air system (UAS). The Vienna-based manufacturer Schiebel is focused on the development, testing and production of the Camcopter S-100UAS, as well as innovative mine detection equipment, and is a long-time customer of NovAtel’s high-precision GNSS positioning technology. In 2015, Schiebel was evaluating NovAtel’s GAJT antenna as an option... read more

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