Defense

L-3 completes GPS military code security certification

October 17, 2016By

L-3 Communications has announced that its next-generation military code (M-code) GPS user equipment has successfully completed the final step in a government security certification process. L-3’s M-code GPS features advanced user equipment technology, increasing soldiers’ ability to resist enemy jamming and spoofing and performing significantly better in contested environments. The development and certification of this technology was performed under the Air... read more

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Raytheon, US Air Force complete GPS OCX test milestone

October 13, 2016By
Testing demonstrates end-to-end functional checkout, integration of Block 1 capabilities.(Image: Raytheon)

Raytheon has reached another milestone in its development of the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX. This new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. OCX’s development is delivered in “blocks,” with Block 0 comprising... read more

US Naval Observatory chooses NovAtel GPS anti-jam technology

October 10, 2016By
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The United States Naval Observatory (USNO) has selected NovAtel’s GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT) to satisfy a requirement for a controlled reception pattern antenna capability at sites throughout the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The DoDIN is the core global enterprise network of the United States military and is depended upon for secure and sensitive voice, data, video and bandwidth services.... read more

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Register by Tuesday for Friday’s adjacent band compatibility workshop

October 10, 2016By

The U.S. Department of Transportation will host its fifth workshop on the GPS Adjacent Band Compatibility Assessment effort on Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C. The workshop is open to the general public by registration only. Those who would like to attend the workshop are asked to register by Tuesday, Oct. 11. Read the Federal Register Notice here. The purpose of this workshop is... read more

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GPS III 9 and 10 procured, targeting 2022 launch

October 3, 2016By
The first eight GPS III satellites are under contract and in production at Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Processing Facility outside of Denver.

The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center awarded a contract option to Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company to procure two additional GPS III satellites, space vehicles nine and 10 of the next generation. The contract option procures long lead and production hardware. “The GPS III SV 9 and 10 satellites are expected to be ready for launch in 2022,... read more

Harris delivers first OCX receiver

September 28, 2016By
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Harris Corporation delivered the first of 34 modernized receivers to support the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX). They will receive the signals sent by the current GPS satellite constellation plus the new signals sent by the next generation GPS III – 13 military and civilian signals in all. The receiver was shipped to the prime contractor, Raytheon Company, in... read more

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DARPA floats aerial surveillance Dragnet by UAV

September 27, 2016By
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As off-the-shelf unmanned autonomous systems (UAS) become less expensive, easier to fly, and more adaptable for terrorist or military purposes, U.S. forces will increasingly be challenged by the need to quickly detect and identify such craft, especially in urban areas, where sight lines are limited and many objects may be moving at similar speeds. To map small UAS in urban... read more

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Galileo Initial Services looming

September 26, 2016By

With Galileo Initial Services at last on the horizon and a quadruple satellite launch scheduled for November, here’s hoping that Europe’s GNSS constellation will be delivering limited, but reliable, global PNT services before the year is out. The four Galileo satellites for Arianespace’s first Ariane 5 mission for the constellation are being prepared at ESA’s launch facility in French Guiana.... read more