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The System: Fly the Pilotless Skies: UAS and UAV

August 1, 2012By
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   Unmanned aerial vehicles and civil aircraft may co-habit the airspace after September 2015.  As the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) moves ahead with plans for unmanned aerial systems/vehicles (UAS/UAV) to have regular access to U.S. airspace by 2015, it has encountered several barriers. For UAVs to be treated like manned aircraft, their systems likley need to be qualified... read more

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The Business — August 2012

August 1, 2012By

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The System: British Patent Filings Threaten GPS III and Galileo Progress

July 1, 2012By

Two British technologists backed by the U.K. Ministry of Defense have filed patents on the future interoperable GPS and Galileo signal designs that severely disrupt modernization plans for both systems and suddenly, unexpectedly place receiver manufacturers in a highly uncertain and unfavorable situation. Some of the patents have been granted in the U.K. and in Europe, and applications are pending... read more

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The Business — July 2012

July 1, 2012By

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The System: Commercial GPS in Combat

June 1, 2012By

Partnership Council Affords Insight, Drama By Alan Cameron This year’s GPS Partnership Council provided among other highlights a discussion of the tensions between commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) receiver systems used in tactical combat operations versus official military GPS user equipment (MGUE), and an enthralling warfighters’ panel that revealed much of those COTS/MGUE dilemmas. The event, held May 1–2 in El Segundo,... read more

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The Business — June 2012

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The System: GPS III Endures Bad Press, IIAs an OCX Concern

May 1, 2012By

GPS III Endures Bad Press, IIAs an OCX Concern Reports in daily news media such as the Washington Post and Denver Post that “Lockheed Martin will lose its entire fee of about $70 million to defray an 18 percent cost overrun” on GPS III satellites misconstrue the facts. Don Jewell, contributing editor for GPS World, said after informal talks with... read more

The Business — May 2012

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