TAG: Boeing

The GPS Update Syndrome

July 13, 2016By
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The I-want-free-advice syndrome was once called the “Doctor Syndrome” or “Expert Syndrome.” I have recently heard it referred to as the “unsolicited advice” syndrome, because there is a new version that involves shaming the expert in to giving free advice. Occasionally those of us with expertise in an area of interest, which certainly include doctors and lawyers, are faced with... read more

Insitu awarded $71 million Blackjack UAS contract by NAVAIR

June 23, 2016By
The RQ-21A is recovered with the flight recovery apparatus cable aboard the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Mesa Verde after its first flight at sea. The tests were held in the Gulf of Mexico on Feb. 10, 2013.

Insitu has been awarded a US$71 million follow-on contract to produce six RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aerial systems (UAS), with options for two more, from U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR). The RQ-21A Blackjack has significantly larger payload mass, volume and power than other small UAS currently being used in theater, according to Insitu, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company. The system... read more

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Iridium and GPS revisited: A new PNT solution on the horizon?

June 8, 2016By
Replica of Iridium satellite. (Photo courtesy of Iridium)

How many times have you heard of a nearly 20-year-old space constellation being modified with a new technology? It almost never happens. Get the details on Iridium's new Satellite Time and Location System. 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

Last of 12 GPS IIF Satellites Arrives at Cape Canaveral

October 13, 2015By
A quality assurance team from the 45th Launch Group off-loads a GPS IIF-12 satellite from a C-17 Globemaster III on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., Oct. 8. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the off-loading of the satellite they will prepare to launch aboard a United Launch Alliance rocket in 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/James Rainier)

The last Air Force GPS IIF in a block of 12 satellites was delivered to Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, from Boeing’s manufacturing facility in El Segundo, Calif., Oct. 8 via a C-17 Globemaster III. A crowd from the government and industry partnership, who will complete the satellite’s final assembly, gathered on the Cape’s “Skid Strip” to watch the... read more

GPS IIF-10 Launches from Cape Canaveral

July 15, 2015By
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UPDATE (July 15, 4 p.m. ET): United Launch Alliance (ULA) officials have declared the launch mission a success. The Centaur upper stage completed its second burn and released the GPS IIF-10 satellite into the navigation network to complete today’s launch of the Atlas 5 rocket. “Congratulations to the U.S Air Force and the entire mission team on today’s successful launch of... read more

FAA: GBAS Operational at Airports Worldwide

April 23, 2015By
Delta Boeing 737 lands at Newark using GBAS.

Delta Airlines made a perfect Ground-Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Landing System (GLS) landing at Liberty Newark International Airport on Feb. 18, according to the Federal Aviation Administration’s SatNavNews newsletter. Delta now joins United Airlines and British Airways as airlines that use the GBAS at Newark. More GBAS locations around the world are reaching operational status, and airline operations using GBAS are... read more

GPS Glitch Two Years Older than First Stated

April 15, 2015By

On Wednesday, the GPS Directorate said further data analysis shows that a technical error affecting some Boeing GPS IIF satellites first appeared in 2011, two years earlier than originally stated, according to a Reuters report. The error first appeared one year after the GPS IIF satellites became operational. The error affects the way the ground control system builds and uploads messages transmitted by the satellites, but... read more

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