August 1, 2017

Funding Boosted for GPS Backup and WAAS, but Civil GPS Funding in Question 
On July 27, while most of Washington was focused on the Senate's healthcare drama, House lawmakers quietly passed their defense appropriation bill and approving in the process a last-minute spending boost for the demonstration of a GPS backup. (more)

Reports of Mass GPS Spoofing Attack in the Black Sea Strengthen Calls for PNT Backup
After reports of an apparent mass and blatant GPS spoofing attack involving more than 20 vessels in the Black Sea last month, navigation experts and maritime executives are scratching their heads and the president of the Resilient Navigation and Timing (RNT) Foundation is hoping this latest incident will help spur more action toward building an eLoran complement and backup for GPS.  ( 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. As we come to rely more and more on GNSS signals and data across a wide range of industries, understanding and mitigating against these threats will become a critical risk management activity for manufacturers, systems and applications providers, and end-users.

OCX Delayed Again as Development Jumps to $6 Billion 
The development cost for the new GPS ground system has jumped to $6 billion and the schedule has slipped another nine months due to "realized program technical risks" and the need to refresh out-of-date hardware and software, according to the U.S. Air Force.  ( more )  

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Australia's First GPS Infrastructure Officially in Space 
This has been a productive year so far for Australia in terms of GPS breakthroughs, but plans are in place for the country to continue to make big strides in GPS technology and precise positioning programs. ( more )  

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GSA: India a High-Tech Partner for European GNSS
With a strong global economy and evolving ambitions to play a bigger role in space systems and GNSS capabilities, India and the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) have indeed become a bigger player after several technological advances in recent months. ( more)
Ellipse roll & pitch accuracy has improved by a factor of two (now 0.1° on all sensors), new accelerometers tolerate very high vibration environments (up to 8g), Galileo has been added to the Ellipse-N. 

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