January 31, 2018

Now Deemed a "New Start," GPS IIIF May Face More Delays
A decision by the Department of Defense (DoD) may be what's holding up action on the Air Force's $10 billion plan to build 22 new GPS IIIF satellites and could increase the chances of further, perhaps substantial, delays. ( more)
Skytech Research required a small, durable, and reliable inertial naviga- tion system for their Satcom On The Move (SOTM) terminals that could optimize control even in the wide range of platform dynamics experi- enced by land, marine, and aerial vehicles. In order to maintain a high percentage of uptime with high bandwidth communication, Skytech relies on VectorNav's VN-200 GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (GPS/INS) for critical position and attitude data to minimize antenna pointing error.  
European Space Agency Ushers in 2018 
The opening of the New Year at the European Space Agency (ESA) came in the wake of another spectacular launch for Europe's GNSS program; last December, four Galileo satellites were lifted into space from Kourou, French Guyana, on board the thundering Ariane 5 launcher, by all accounts leaving witnesses awestruck.  ( more )

ION's Annual ITM/PTTI Conference Now Underway
The Institute of Navigation's (ION) annual international technical meeting (ITM), held in conjunction with the Precise Time and Time Interval Meeting (PTTI), kicked off Tuesday at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, Virginia. ( more)
Satellite navigation signals from space are precariously weak and can easily be blocked, damaged, or compromised by a growing array of threats - including solar activity, man-made interference, malicious faking of GPS signals, and the manipulation of position and timing information. 
How Effective Are Signal Quality Monitoring Techniques for GNSS Multipath Detections?
An analytical discussion on the sensitivity and effectiveness of signal quality monitoring (SQM) techniques for multipath detection and mitigation is presented in this article. ( more )
The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit takes place on March 5-7, 2018 at the Old Bavarian State Bank in Munich, Germany. The one-of-a-kind convention of high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments provides the participants with a broad overview and different perspectives on the latest developments in the field of GNSS. This year, the Summit focuses on the overall topic "GNSS - the key to autonomy?".
More information on the program is available at:  

New Report Recommends British GNSS Protections, Efforts May Soon Surpass Those in U.S. 
Experts who studied GNSS vulnerabilities for the British government recommended GNSS receiver standards, the possible banning of jammers and the establishment of a terrestrial backup in case satellite navigation is disrupted. ( more )