October 17, 2016

It's official. The Department of Defense is sticking with its current GPS ground system development program and with its current prime contractor Raytheon - although the details of how it will realign the program remain unclear. ( more)   
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DoT) has released the first data from its study of power levels for services seeking to use spectrum near GNSS frequencies for ground-based and other applications that could interfere with satellite navigation. ( 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. 
ITAR Controls on Military GNSS Receivers Updated
The State Department last week published its final rule that updates export controls on military GNSS receivers through the U.S. Munitions List (USML).  ( more)
Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) used visual, inertial and LiDAR sensors to create a surveying instrument that could eventually be used to model collapsed caves on the Moon, Mars and beyond. The CMU instrument applies geo-referencing technology, including KVH inertial sensors, to create high resolution 3D modeling of planetary caves. Precision mobile mapping will be critical to finding these caves, potential sites for extra-planetary colonies as well as environments for extra-terrestrial life.
DHS Issues 'Best Practices' White Paper for Handling Next Leap Second, Highlights GPS Receivers
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has issued a "best practices" document to assist federal, state, and local public agencies and private sector organizations to prepare for the next leap second event scheduled to take place on December 31, 2016. ( more)
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released a report it says will help users understand receiver technology and trends. The GSA GNSS User Technology Report also helps industry executives plan and make decisions to develop, purchase, and use the systems' technology, the agency said. ( more)
The modified Ariane 5 launcher that will lift four Galileo satellites into space is being assembled at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, preparation for launch on November 17. ( more)
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