Col. Bernie Gruber: Farewell Perspective on GPS Program

June 11, 2013By

This week’s Defense PNT newsletter by GPS World contributing editor Don Jewell carries an exit interview with Col. Bernard “Bernie” Gruber, who is leaving his post as director of the GPS Directorate after more than three and a half years in that position, and concluding his 26-year U.S. Air Force career. Look for the full interview later this week on... read more

Out in Front: Ruminations Upon a Technical Program

June 1, 2013By

The Institute of Navigation’s (ION’s) advance program for the 2013 GNSS+ conference in September arrived in the mail the other day, and was avidly consumed. The technical sessions of this gathering are prime hunting ground for presentations that later become articles in this magazine, as are, to lesser extent, those of the European Navigation Conference, the Joint Navigation Conference, CTIA,... read more

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GPS OCX Ground Control in GAO Report

May 30, 2013By
The next-generation GPS ground-control system, known as OCX.

A March 2013 report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seems to claim that the projected cost of the next-generation GPS ground-control system, known as OCX, increased by 43 percent, or $1 billion over the past year, to a total cost estimate of $3.7 billion. As GPS World contributing editor Don Jewell wrote shortly after the GAO release, “In fact,... read more

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CTIA: Automakers Developing Their Own Infotainment Apps

May 28, 2013By

By Janice Partyka It’s a trifecta. The most interesting news at CES, Mobile World Congress, and now CTIA was the connected vehicle. Last week at CTIA, the biggest mobile conference in the U.S., GM and OnStar demonstrated ideas of what we can expect in vehicles once AT&T’s LTE network makes its way into vehicles. We heard about many of their... read more

Google and Facebook Eye Waze as Potential Purchase

May 28, 2013By

Since the recent CTIA conference wasn’t the buffet of location news, one potential deal could really set the industry on fire going into the summer months. Google and Facebook both are rumored to be in talks to purchase Waze. Some say this would mean Facebook would transform into a mobile advertising company, with local ads, if it were the winning... read more

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Test Results from Real-Time CORS Streaming, Space Weather and NDGPS

May 16, 2013By

Being a person who enjoys spending time in the field using RTK and DGPS, I followed up on my column last month, “Sources of Public, Real-time, High-Precision Corrections,” with a trip to the field to test the NGS CORS Streaming service. About a month ago, I made a trip to Colorado to attend the Space Weather Workshop in Boulder, stop... read more

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Trends in GPS/PNT User Equipment

May 15, 2013By

“A Guide to Trends in GPS/PNT User Equipment” Presentation to the 11th Meeting of the PNT Advisory Board The following is an abbreviated transcript of Don Jewell’s briefing to the PNT Advisory Board at its meeting on Tuesday, May 7. The slides from Jewell’s briefing and the other briefings to the board are available at pnt.gov under the heading 11th... read more

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What’s New in GNSS Simulation?

May 8, 2013By
Actual recordedflight data (left), ReGen replicated flight data (right).

It used to be that if you were going to build an RF navigation receiver, you had to also build your own simulation system to test it. I remember working with a couple of “home-built” RF simulation systems myself, way back when. We experience a lot of maintenance and support issues. And, of course, if you build something and also... read more

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