March 16, 2017

Looking on the Bright Side from the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 
The opening plenary of the annual Satellite Navigation Summit in Munich tends to be a ritzy affair, taking place in the evening in an amazing converted chapel and featuring live musical interludes in between groups of speakers. This year the audience was treated to movie tunes, and the European Commission's Pierre Delsaux had a suggestion for the play list. ( more)  
Campaign Allows eCall Device Manufacturers to Pre-Test Galileo, EGNOS Compatibility 
In effort to improve safety, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has officially launched the Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) test campaign for eCall devices, which allows eCall device manufacturers to pre-test Galileo and EGNOS compatibility prior to type approval. ( 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. 
The U.S. Congress is prepared to deliver the coup de grace to a new rule aimed at protecting the personal information - including the geolocation - of broadband internet users. The move, one of a number aimed at eliminating Obama-era regulations, would slice through months of debate, and federal regulators' own backpedaling, to kill the pro-privacy rule in a way that makes resurrecting it extremely difficult. ( more)  
Before full service of Galileo Open Service (OS) can be achieved, a new generation of OS-Navigation Message Authentication-enabled user terminals must be developed, tested and implemented, says the European GNSS Agency (GSA). ( more)  
Housed in a tiny, only 4.5 mm x 4.5 mm x 1.0 mm package, u-blox's new ZOE-M8G GNSS module has been especially designed for markets where small size, minimal weight and high location precision are essential. ZOE-M8G offers exceptionally high location accuracy by concurrently connecting to GPS, Galileo and either GLONASS or BeiDou. It also provides industry-leading -167 dBm navigation sensitivity. It is ideal for wearable devices, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and asset tracker applications.

With its fully integrated, complete GNSS solution, built-in SAW-filter and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), ZOE-M8G can be used with passive antennas, without the need for additional components.

Due to its very small size, a complete GNSS design using a ZOE-M8G module takes approximately 30% less PCB area compared to a conventional discrete chip design with a CSP chip GNSS receiver.

Volume production will start in October 2017.

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Opponents to Privatizing Air Traffic Control Voice Concerns
The Alliance for Aviation Across America released a letter to Congress this week from more than 115 mayors in all 50 states expressing concern about the impact of air traffic control (ATC) privatization on communities across the country, especially those in rural regions of the country. ( more)
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SpaceX Wins New GPS Launch Deal as Air Force Moves to Expand Launch Options
The entrepreneurial space launch firm SpaceX won a head-to-head competition with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to secure its second GPS launch contract. The launch of the GPS III spacecraft onboard a Falcon 9 rocket is expected to take place in 2019. The $96.5 million deal was officially announced March 14. ( more)
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