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)  
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.
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)  
LKD Aerospace now distributes Honeywell's tactical grade and navigation grade inertial measurement units. These include: HG1700, HG1900, HG1930, HG4930 and the HG9900 IMU. LKD Aerospace also exclusively distributes Honeywell's entire range of accelerometers including: Q-Flex (QA650 through QA3000) and the RBA500 as well as all HI-REL space thermal switches.  Please contact our technical sales group at or (425) 396-0829 for more information or technical assistance. 
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)  
u-blox's new ultra-compact SAM-M8Q GNSS module speeds time to market for system developers of GNSS applications who have limited experience in RF and antenna design. Equipped with an integrated antenna, SAM-M8Q is housed in a tiny 15.5 x 15.5 x 6.3 mm package. It can easily be embedded in small devices that require location information, such as asset tracking, telematics systems and generic automotive after-market applications.

The combination of an integrated wide-band antenna along with the module's SAW filter and low-noise amplifier (LNA) architecture ensures that the SAM-M8Q receiver delivers robust performance in the presence of high frequency signals from other electronic equipment, such as cellular modems, which can cause interference. By using the latest u-blox M8 multi-GNSS receiver technology, the module is able to offer simultaneous reception of GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite signals.

The modules will be in full production in mid-February 2017.

For more details, click here.

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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