GPS Modernization

Boeing, Northrop Grumman Enter GPS III Bid

July 8, 2014By

Northrop Grumman and Boeing have responded to a U.S. Air Force call for contractors interested in building a follow-on set of GPS III satellites, according to a report in Space News. Lockheed Martin is under contract to deliver the first eight GPS III satellites, but the award for up to 22 further IIIs remains open. Difficulties with the payload for... read more

CGSIC Releases GPS Interface Documents, Opens Registration

June 30, 2014By

Three new GPS Interface Specification documents have been issued by the Civil Global Positioning System Service Interface Committee: Navstar GPS Space Segment/Navigation User Interfaces (IS-GPS-200H, 24 Sep 2013) Navstar GPS Space Segment/User Segment L5 Interfaces (IS-GPS-705D, 24 Sep 2013) Navstar GPS Space Segment/User Segment L1C Interface (IS-GPS-800D, 24 Sp 2013) The new documents are posted on the NAVCEN GPS References... read more

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The System: GLONASS in April, What Went Wrong

June 24, 2014By
Figure 1. Affected broadcast messages for each GLONASS satellite. Colors indicate the different orbit planes.

By Gerhard Beutler, Rolf Dach, Urs Hugentobler, Oliver Montenbruck, Georg Weber, and Elmar Brockmann What Happened: On April 1, 2014, at 21:15 UTC, all GLONASS satellites started to transmit wrong Broadcast Messages (BM) as previously reported by GPS World. The satellite positions derived from these BM were wrong by up to ± 200 kilometers in each of the three coordinates... read more

Lockheed Misses GPS III Deadline After Production Delays

June 13, 2014By

The U.S. Air Force is shopping for alternative companies to head  the GPS III program after its current contractor, Lockheed Martin Space Systems, hit production delays, according to the Denver Post. There have been technical problems with the first GPS III satellite navigation system, which is supplied by Lockheed Martin subcontractor Exelis, the newspaper reports. After the current eight-satellite contract... read more

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GPS IIF-6 Launch Tracked by GPS, Not Radar

May 19, 2014By

Friday’s launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the latest GPS satellite was tracked via GPS itself instead of by radar, reports Spaceflight Now in an article. United Launch Alliance’s Atlas and Delta rockets are transitioning to GPS metric tracking for range safety functions, which protect the public and property should a launch vehicle veer off course. The move is a... read more

GPS IIF-6 Launched into Orbit Following Weather Delay

May 17, 2014By
Photo credit: United Launch Alliance.

The sixth GPS Block IIF satellite was successfully launched Friday at 8:03 p.m. local time. Built by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of El Segundo, California, GPS IIF-6 launched aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The launch was originally planned for Thursday evening, but bad weather led to a 24-hour... read more

CGSIC Issues Notice on Problem with Certain GPS Devices

May 16, 2014By

Flawed processing of GPS satellite data in some GPS receiver chipsets has caused concern, but the problem is not with the GPS constellation itself. “SVN 64 broadcasts a data message that clearly indicates SVN 64 is unusable for navigation. Nevertheless, the U.S. government has confirmed that certain GPS receivers are using data from SVN 64, in violation of GPS interface... read more

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Disruption in Australia Traced to User Equipment

May 14, 2014By

User equipment incorrectly interpreting data from a satellite set “unhealthy” led to an apparent constellation outage for roughly 1,000 fleet vehicles across Australia in April. The problem was traced to the way a GPS/telecomm chip reacted to an extended navigation test aboard SVN-49, having to do with the recently launched IIF satellite, SVN-64. Although SVN-49 was set unhealthy at the... read more