September 16, 2016

[SIGNALS exclusive] The program to develop M-code capable receivers for military equipment is poised to enter a new phase this fall as the GPS Directorate seeks approval to start the engineering activities that will lead, ultimately, to full production. ( more)  
[SIGNALS exclusive] A funding shortfall will not halt work on the new GPS ground system this month, although a decision expected in the next two weeks may signal major changes in the program. ( 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.
General John Hyten: Interview with U.S. Air Force Space Commander
Since Gen. John E. Hyten assumed leadership of Air Force Space Command in August 2014 he has been wrestling with a host of challenges including delays in the modernization programs for the GPS space segment and GPS military user equipment. ( more)
DHS Continues to Test GNSS Timing for Critical Infrastructure
Because GPS and other GNSS are critical to the nation's infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is testing an augmentation system and developing new requirements to protect it, a DHS official told the U.S. Department of Transportations's Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) meeting this week in Portland, Oregon. ( more)
The U.S. Air Force's 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2SOPS) at the 50th Space Wing, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, has moved the longest-serving GPS satellite, space vehicle number (SVN) 23, into a disposal orbit several hundred miles above the operational GPS constellation. ( more)
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