GPS Modernization

Air Force Directs Early Civil Navigation (CNAV) Message-Populated L2C and L5 Signals

December 17, 2013By

The U.S. Air Force is directing transmission of continuous CNAV message-populated L2C and L5 signals starting in April 2014. The move is designed to help development of user equipment compatible with the civil signals. Full text of the CNAV memo appears below. MEMORANDUM FOR THE NATIONAL COORDINATION OFFICE FOR SPACE BASED POSITIONING, NAVIGATION AND TIMING ATTENTION: DR. JAN BRECHT-CLARK FROM:... read more

Directions 2014: Great Expectations

December 1, 2013By
Peter Large

By Peter O. Large, Vice President, Trimble November 29, 2013, marks the 210th anniversary of the birth of Christian Doppler. His work laid down the fundamental concepts that enabled researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the United States to make observations on the signals of Sputnik I during the International Geophysical Year of 1957. From those observations more than 60... read more

Directions 2014: Keeping Our Commitment to Civil Users

December 1, 2013By
Colonel William T. “Bill” Cooley.

The cliché “time flies when you’re having fun” accurately describes how quickly the past six months have passed for me. In a program as challenging, rewarding, and mission-critical as GPS, it is full-speed ahead all the time. As the GPS director, I am acutely aware of the importance of time — particularly high-accuracy time. Since declaring initial operational capability in December 1993, the extremely precise time service delivered by GPS has enabled numerous technological advances around the globe. read more

GPS III Prototype Proves Compatibility with Existing Constellation

November 21, 2013By
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The Lockheed Martin prototype of the next-generation GPS satellite, the GPS III, has proven that it is backwardly compatible with the existing GPS satellite constellation in orbit. During tests that concluded on October 17, Lockheed Martin’s GPS III testbed successfully communicated via cross-links to Air Force simulators of the current GPS constellation in orbit. The current GPS constellation includes GPS... read more

Qinetiq, Rockwell Demonstrate Multi-Constellation Galileo/GPS Secure Positioning for Governmental Applications

November 12, 2013By

On August 30, QinetiQ and Rockwell Collins demonstrated the first joint satellite navigation positioning using live signals from the encrypted governmental services from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) GPS Precise Positioning Service (GPS-PPS) and the new European Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS). The signals on GPS L1 and L2, together with Galileo PRS L1A and E6A, were processed and... read more

The System: Autumn Falls Back

November 1, 2013By
Delta IV, the current GPS launch vehicle, awaits a date with space at Cape Canaveral.

Launch Delays Ground GPS IIF and Galileo FOC The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A loss of thrust by a Delta IV rocket upper stage during a GPS launch last... read more

GPS IIF-5 Launch Delayed

October 22, 2013By

The scheduled October 23 launch of GPS IIF-5, the fifth in the current “follow-on” generation of GPS satellites, has been postponed in order to complete a review of an adjustment made to the rocket’s upper stage engine. A fuel leak in that engine of the Delta 4 rocket during a GPS launch in October of last year created some worries... read more

The System: Ground Control Readied for GPS III

October 1, 2013By
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Raytheon Company reached several milestones recently in its development of the GPS Next -Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). Lockheed Martin’s GPS III Non-flight Satellite Testbed (GNST) — a full-sized, functional satellite prototype currently residing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station — successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with OCX during pre-flight tests. GNST proved that it could connect with... read more