The System

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 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 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 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 System: eLoran Gets Trials, Possibly a New Life

April 1, 2012By

eLoran Gets Trials, Possibly a New Life As result of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S. Coast Guard and UrsaNav, Inc., on-air tests are being conducted from the former Loran Support Unit site in New Jersey. One of the CRADA’s goals is to research, evaluate, and document a wireless technical approach as an alternative to GPS... read more

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The System: NTIA, FCC Waiver No More on LS

March 1, 2012By

“We conclude that LightSquared’s proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time.” These words from Lawrence Strickling, U.S. assistant secretary for communications and information and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), appear to signal the end of LightSquared’s run. Strickling’s letter to... read more

The System: U.S. DoD, DoT Tell FCC No LightSquared

February 1, 2012By

Ashton Carter, U.S. deputy secretary for Defense, and John Porcari, deputy secretary for Transportation, have written an official letter to the assistant secretary of Commerce stating that “there appear to be no practical solutions or mitigations that would permit the LightSquared broadband service.” Carter and Porcari are co-chairs of the National Executive Committee for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing. This... read more

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The System: Galileo in Its Glory

January 1, 2012By

  GALILEO PROTOFLIGHTMODEL satellite began transmitting E1 and E5 signals in early December. ESA reports them well within power and shape specifications, and suited for interoperability with GPS. The Galileo ProtoFlightModel (PFM) in-orbit validation (IOV) satellite GSAT0101 began transmitting E1 signals on December 10 using the E11 ranging code, and E5 signals early on December 14. Launched at the same... read more

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