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DoD certifies GPS OCX program to Congress

October 28, 2016By
Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, announced Oct. 12 the continuation of an over-cost program supporting the global positioning system. Here, Kendall is briefed by Jose Romero-Mariona on cybersecurity science and technology during Kendall’s visit to Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific in San Diego, Aug. 24. (Navy photo by Aaron Lebsack)

By Karen Parrish, DoD News, Defense Media Activity An Air Force program that will provide a vital new command system for the global positioning system satellite constellation in the shortest time possible will continue despite cost growth, Defense Department officials have confirmed. The next-generation operational control system, known as OCX, reached what is called a Nunn-McCurdy breach on June 30. The Nunn-McCurdy... read more

ESNC winner GUAPO a step ahead of civilian drone market

October 27, 2016By

This year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition centered on the topic of civilian drone use. On October 25 in Madrid, the 2016 edition culminated in an awards ceremony featuring prominent industry representatives and the winners of 32 categories, which included 11 drone applications. Rafael van Frieken, Madrid’s regional minister of education, youth and sport, presented the grand prize to the drone security system... read more

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Microsemi’s new time clock protects against GNSS vulnerabilities

October 27, 2016By
Microsemi's new TimeSource Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock protects against serious threats associated with GNSS vulnerabilities.

Microsemi Corporation has announced its TimeSource Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock (TimeSource Enhanced PRTC), a new system protecting against serious threats associated with GNSS vulnerabilities. It also enables telecommunications and mobile operators to meet the new G.8272.1 recommendation from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The stringent new ITU-T Recommendation G.8272.1 requires accuracy to within 30 nanoseconds (ns) or better when... read more

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Oscilloquartz to unveil new synchronization technology

October 27, 2016By

Oscilloquartz, an ADVA Optical Networking company, will showcase vital new functionality for its synchronization and distribution technology at the 2016 International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF) in Prague, Nov. 1-3. Demonstrations will reveal additional applications based on enhanced hardware and software in the OSA 5401 Syncplug, an ultra-compact Precision Time Protocol (PTP) grandmaster clock, and the OSA 5420 range of... read more

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Telit offers new GNSS module

October 25, 2016By
Telit Jupiter SE873 GNSS module.

Telit‘s Jupiter SE873Q5 module is now available. The SE873Q5 is an ultra-low-power, high-sensitivity GNSS module with very small physical dimensions, completely compatible with its SE873 module. The new module leverages Telit innovation in miniaturization technology to improve power saving and sensitivity, delivering longer battery life and expanding design possibilities for tracking and navigation application areas particularly in wearable devices. The... read more

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NASA tests solar-powered Silent Falcon UAS for large-scale operations

October 25, 2016By
NASA’s concept for a possible UTM system would safely manage diverse UAS operations in the airspace above buildings and below
crewed aircraft operations in suburban and urban areas. (Image: NASA)

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies participated in the NASA UTM (unmanned traffic management) project headed up by the NASA Ames Research Center, held this month in Reno, Nevada. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working together to identify ways to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low-altitude airspace. The growing number of UAS and commercial UAS applications has led... read more

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South Korea, Thales to develop SBAS for aviation

October 25, 2016By

South Korea and France’s Thales Group will jointly develop an advanced Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for GPS by 2021, reports the Korea Herald. The country’s state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute will sign a $40 million deal with Thales Group on Oct. 26, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The new SBAS will especially help reduce errors in... read more

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Russians seek answers to GPS anomaly in Moscow

October 24, 2016By

Mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in Moscow, Russia, according to the Associated Press. According to research by programmer Grigory Bakunov, who works for Russian internet firm Yandex, a system for blocking GPS was located inside the Kremlin. GPS users in central Moscow have been complaining on social media that when they are near the Kremlin, their GPS... read more

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