GPS Modernization

GPS III and OCX Satellite Launch, Early Orbit Ops Successfully Demonstrated

September 13, 2013By
An artist’s rendering of the GPS III satellite.

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon Company successfully completed the third of five planned launch and early orbit exercises to demonstrate the launch readiness of the world’s most powerful and accurate Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force’s next-generation GPS III satellite and Operational Control System (OCX). Successful completion of Exercise 3, on August 1, was a key milestone demonstrating Raytheon’s... read more

Registration Opens for Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2014

September 12, 2013By
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Registration is now open for Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2014, which will be held March 25-27, 2014, at the Residenz Muenchen in Munich, Germany. The summit will have a booth (Booth H) in the exhibit hall at the ION GNSS+ conference next week in Nashville, Tennessee. The conference is offering a special ION rate for those who register no later... read more

CGSIC Agenda Released

September 10, 2013By

The 53rd meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee will be held Monday and Tuesday, September 16-17, before the Institute of Navigation GNSS+ 2013 Conference. Both events take place at the Nashville Convention Center, in Nashville, Tennessee. The meeting agenda is now available on the event website. Monday morning’s CGSIC concurrent sessions include the Timing Subcommittee and the Surveying,... read more

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Raytheon GPS Launch and Checkout Capability Cleared for Test

September 4, 2013By
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Raytheon Company has received Interim Authorization to Test (IATT) security certification for the Global Positioning System Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX) Launch and Checkout System (LCS) four months ahead of schedule. Raytheon received a one-year certification with no liens, meaning the government does not require any changes. The LCS IATT certification enables Raytheon to move to the next... read more

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The System: IRNSS Signal Close up

September 1, 2013By and

IRNSS Signal Close up By Richard Langley, Steffen Thoelert, and Michael Meurer The spectrum of signals from IRNSS-1A, the first satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, as recorded by German Aerospace Center researchers in late July, appears to be consistent with a combination of BPSK(1) and BOC(5,2) modulation. Figure 1 shows that, centered at 1176.45 MHz, the signal... read more

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Expert Advice: Laser Reflectors to Ride on Board GPS III

September 1, 2013By
Figure 2. Structure and products of the Global Geodetic Observing System related to GPS performance.

By James J. Miller and John LaBrecque, NASA Headquarters, and A.J. Oria, Overlook Systems Technologies, Inc. Satellite laser ranging (SLR) and the results of combining SLR with GPS in the future will translate into significant performance advancements for generations to come, once it is fully implemented as part of the GPS III architecture. Simply put, SLR techniques will improve GPS... read more

Expert Advice: Looking Back to the Early Days of GPS

September 1, 2013By

By Len Jacobson Besides my family and friends, two major influences have guided my life. One is GPS, and the other is flying, although I’m not a pilot. Most of the flying was on business trips for GPS. I’ve been writing a book about my experiences and how I helped in a small way to bring GPS to the world.... read more

Extra Life for IIRs, IIR-Ms

August 29, 2013By

U.S. Air Force engineers are testing on-orbit a technique to extend the life of the 19 GPS IIR and IIR-M satellites on orbit, roughly 60 percent of the current constellation. A new charging method may reduce the rate of satellite battery degradation, thereby extending satellite operational life. If the technique passes the test, the initiative could add a combined 20... read more

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