Aviation & Space

Drone Demonstrated for Congressional Science Committee

January 26, 2015By

The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing Jan. 21 on the integration of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles in United States airspace. Colin Guinn, senior vice president of sales for 3D Robotics, demonstrated the Parrot Bebop drone during his testimony. C-SPAN aired the event, as reported by the National Journal. Congress has tasked the Federal Aviation Administration with readying airspace for... read more

Galileo Service Interruption Planned for System Upgrade

January 19, 2015By
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Galileo’s navigation messages will shortly stop being updated to enable the migration of a new release for Galileo’s ground mission segment, announced the European Space Agency. Although the actual navigation signals will continue to be transmitted, the generation and uplink of the navigation message — which renews the contents of the signal — will be interrupted during the last week of January... read more

U.S. Army Interested in eLoran PNT for the Warfighter

January 15, 2015By

The United States Army is soliciting information for eLoran receivers for the warfighter, either stand-alone or integrated with GPS. The Jan. 14 Request for Information (RFI) provides an outline for the potential use of the receivers in Army and other Department of Defense (DoD) maritime, aviation, or vehicular platforms and for position and timing purposes. “As part of the Assured Positioning, Navigation... read more

CNN Signs UAV Research Agreement with the FAA

January 14, 2015By

CNN has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) with the Federal Aviation Administration to advance efforts to integrate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into newsgathering and reporting. The cooperation arrangement will integrate efforts from CNN’s existing research partnership with the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Coordination between and among CNN, GTRI and the FAA has already begun. The FAA will... read more

PNT Board Report: GPS Critical Infrastructure, Concern over International Signals

January 13, 2015By

Report on the 14th meeting of the National Space-based PNT Advisory Board in Washington, D.C., held December 10-11, 2014. By Ron Hatch The December meeting of the PNT Advisory Board meeting brought forth important developments and proposals for the protection of GPS as part of the U.S. critical national infrastructure. A separate presentation made by speakers from the National Telecommunications... read more

Block II GPS Satellite Retires after 22 Years

January 9, 2015By

Jan. 6 was the last day of service for GPS satellite SVN-26. SVN-26 was a Boeing/Rockwell International Block II GPS satellite launched July 7, 1992. It was one of the first generation of operational GPS satellites, and had a design life of only 7.5 years. On Jan. 7, SVN-26 (PRN-26) was transferred from the operational ground control system (AEP) to Launch,... read more

Border Patrol via Drones Not Effective, IG Says

January 8, 2015By
The CBP's unmanned aerial program includes the Predator B aircraft, as well as ground control stations, pilots, sensor operators, video cameras, land and maritime radar, and communication equipment. (CBP Photo)

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office finds that use of unmanned aerial drones to patrol the U.S./Mexico border is not effective. The Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Unmanned Aircraft System program has been in operation for eight years. Problems include a lack of performance measures and sky-high operational costs, according to the report, which was... read more

GPS Director Cooley Nominated for Brigadier General

January 8, 2015By
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Colonel William Cooley, director of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate, has been nominated by President Obama to the Senate for appointment to the rank of brigadier general, United States Air Force, according to an announcement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. He is the first SPO director in many years to be nominated for general officer rank, according to Don Jewell, GPS World’s contributing editor... read more