Defense

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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Karel Introduces High-Performance GPS/INS System

March 9, 2015By
The VIA-100G GPS/IMU by Karel Electronics.

The VIA-100G, an integrated GPS and MEMS-IMU (inertial measurement system), has been added to the ViaNav inertial navigation system family produced by Karel Electronics Corporation. Featuring a high-accuracy fusion filter running on an embedded processor, the VIA-100G provides all the functions of a vertical reference unit (VRU), an attitude and heading reference system (AHRS) and integrated GPS/IMU system. The system contains GPS, 3D gyroscopes, 3D accelerometers,... read more

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Deadline for ION JNC Abstracts Is Wednesday

March 2, 2015By

Abstracts are due Wednesday, March 4, for the Institute of Navigation (ION) Joint Navigation Conference (JNC), scheduled for June 22-25 in Orlando, Fla. The ION Joint Navigation Conference, sponsored by the ION’s Military Division, is the largest U.S. military positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint service and government participation, ION said. The event will focus on technical... read more

GPS Source Offers Antenna for Harsh Environments

February 17, 2015By
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GPS Source has released a new GNSS antenna that is robust, lightweight, and suitable for harsh environments. It is designed for long-term, high-precision applications worldwide, the company said. The antenna was engineered for the demanding aviation environment, in both commercial and military applications. Built to military standards (MIL-STD), it is impact resistant, tolerant of exposure to dust, chemicals and jet fuels, and has the ability to withstand shock... read more

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USAF FY16 Budget Plus $10B More, Please!

February 11, 2015By

The long-anticipated 2016 President’s Budget (PB) was submitted to Congress in early February. The PB is the spark that ignites the lengthy and often contentious congressional budget process, including: adopting a budget resolution framework, developing numerous discretionary spending bills, reconciling legislation between the House and Senate, approving continuing resolution stop-gap measures and finally, hopefully, appropriating funds for various programs — including the... read more

Remote GeoSystems LineVision Software Maps Geospatial Video

February 10, 2015By

Art Kalinski, GeoIntelligence Insider editor, reports on Remote GeoSystems‘ geospatial DVR at the 2015 Esri Federal GIS Conference, held Feb. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. LineVision Esri ArcGIS is a stand-alone desktop software that leverages Esri GIS technology to map, analyze and package geospatial full motion video, photos, annotations, documents, SHP files and raster imagery from the geospatial DVR. read more

Raytheon GPS Ground Program Passes Review

February 9, 2015By

The ground control system (OCX) that Raytheon is developing for the next-generation GPS program has passed a Pentagon review, reports Reuters. The program will be monitored to ensure it stays on track, a senior Air Force official said on Feb. 6 as reported by the news service. Major General Roger Teague, director of space programs for the Air Force acquisition chief, said a review... read more

Harris Corporation to Acquire Exelis for $4.75 Billion

February 6, 2015By
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Harris Corporation and Exelis Inc. today announced a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at $23.75 per share, or an approximately $4.75 billion enterprise value. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject... read more