Opinions

Directions 2016: Galileo — strategic tool for European autonomy

December 18, 2015By
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The Galileo programme is currently in its deployment phase, which is due for completion in 2020. Following declaration of initial services in 2016, an exploitation phase will start and aim at delivering a fully operational system by the end of 2020. read more

Directions 2016: A new stage for the development of BeiDou

December 16, 2015By
Shuren Guo, deputy director of China Satellite Navigation Project Center.

In line with its three-step development plan, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will constitute a complete space constellation by around 2020, when it will be comprised of five geosynchronous orbit (GEO) satellites and 30 non-GEO satellites, providing services for global users. read more

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Directions 2016: GPS — dedicated to excellence

December 15, 2015By
Col. Steve Whitney, director, Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate.

The year 2015 was an exciting one to assume leadership of the Global Positioning Systems Directorate. I’ve witnessed the men and women of our team accomplish some amazing things, across all of our efforts to modernize the constellation, and would like to take a moment to share our progress over the past year and set the vision for 2016 as we remain dedicated to excellence. read more

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Directions 2016: GLONASS priorities — improved accuracy and reliability

December 15, 2015By
Sergey Karutin, GLONASS designer general (left); Nikolay Testoyedov, director general, SC Information Satellite Systems (center); and Andrey Tyulin, director general, SC Russian Space Systems.

At the present stage of GLONASS development, the major research and development foci include not only activities aimed at enhanced accuracy, availability and integrity of navigation, but also theoretical and practical efforts focused at ensuring resilience of navigation (interference mitigation). read more

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GPS programs at a crossroads: Which way forward?

December 9, 2015By

The late, great, oft-quoted Yogi Berra, in an interview shortly before his passing, was quoted as saying “I never said most of the things I said.” For our purposes, let’s concentrate on one of his most famous quotes: “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” On to GPS. I use the term GPS in a ubiquitous PNT... read more

Expert Opinions: FAA UAV registration requirement

December 8, 2015By

Lydia Bock, Geodetics Inc., and John Studenny, Esterline - CMC Navigation Systems, answer the question, "What do you think of the FAA requirement that all UAV purchasers register their devices?" read more

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Taking Position: Elephants, citadels and UAVs promote social good

December 8, 2015By
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As the holiday season approaches, many of us think about ways we can help others, or promote the social good. This month, our Market Watch section features three different projects designed to do just that. read more

Out in Front: GLAC issues BeiDou market projections

December 8, 2015By
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We have grown accustomed to seeing market projections for some GNSS, notably Galileo. European GNSS Agency economists have done a remarkable job analyzing and predicting the global market over the past five years. Business intelligence firms in the U.S. periodically report on the power of GPS driving, or participating in, significant portions of the U.S. economy. Figures from Russia are... read more