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January 17, 2017

After a yearslong wait the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for comments on whether it should allow signals from Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system to be used for non-federal applications in the United States. The call for public feedback is part of a process to grant a waiver so that Galileo-capable receivers don't have to be licensed in the United States. ( more)  
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Securities regulators recently approved a plan to improve the tracking of financial trades by creating a single, comprehensive database that, among other things, incorporates tightened clock synchronization standards.( more)  
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China's development and promotion of its BeiDou satellite navigation system not only has tremendous implications for that country's government and finances, but this alternative to GPS also presents a variety of implications for the United States, according to a staff research report released by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. ( more)  
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Aireon's First Launch for Space-Based ADS-B Network a Success
A January 14 launch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites will help implement a space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) developed by Aireon, in partnership with leading Air Navigation Service Providers (ANSPs) from around the world, and designed to provide real-time GNSS tracking of aircraft over oceanic regions. ( more)
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OCX Gains Ground With Help From Private Sector Computer Wizards
Ligado Networks has announced a cooperation agreement with Topcon Though the schedule is still uncertain, progress is being made on completing the new GPS ground system, said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who credited a crack group of private-sector computer wizards with helping get the program back on course. Calling the GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), a "terribly, terribly important program," James said, however, she still did not consider the software-focused effort to be "out of the woods." ( more)
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