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Apr 2012 | No Comment


Torrent website to host networks on GPS-guided drones

The Pirate Bay (TPB), a bittorrent website, announced to take its networks off the earth’s surface. It is considering launching a series of ‘GPS-controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi’ to float the Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS). Through this way, it aims to keep the website safe from law enforcement officials. It also plans to test its hosting drone over international waters and said that any attempt to destroy the devices by aeroplane will be a “real act of war”.

GLONASS stations to be set up in 34 countries

Russia will set up GLONASS ground support stations in 34 countries across the globe, Russian Space Systems General Director and General Designer Yury Urlichich announced. Urlichich stated that the Russian Space Systems has all the necessary resources to install such stations in nearly 20 countries, which include Australia.

UK lists solar storm as threat to national security

The UK government added volcanoes and solar storms to floods, flu and terrorism on a list of threats to national security. The highest-priority risks to Britain are pandemic influenza, coastal flooding, terrorist attacks and – a new addition – volcanic eruptions in countries like Iceland, according to the recently published 2012 edition of the government’s National Risk Register for Civil Emergencies.

The storms can’t hurt people, but can disturb electric grids, GPS systems and satellites. In 1989, a strong solar storm knocked out the power grid in Quebec, cutting electricity to 6 million people. Last week, the strongest solar storm since 2004 passed without major disruptions.

70% navigation devices in Chinese market are problematic

Over 70 percent of GPS navigation devices in the Chinese market failed to pass a recent sample inspection carried out by experts. Out of a total of 18 different GPS devices, produced by 13 major firms, only 5 devices produced by three different factories, have passed the inspection and are deemed fit for use. The pass rate was below 30 percent.

Among the 18 different types of device, 17 failed to locate a particular position, or were unable to find a path to a specified location. Some devices used outdated map data that was first published ten years ago. The amount of problems concerning GPS navigation devices was much greater than initially expected, especially in relation to data inaccuracy, said the panel’s experts.

First Indian navigation sat to be launched this year: President

First Indian navigation satellite will be launched this year, announced President Pratibha Patil, during the joint sitting of Parliament. The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will be a constellation of seven satellites having all-weather, round-the-clock coverage over the Indian landmass with an extended coverage of about 1,500 km around it.

“Several major satellite launches are planned for 2012, including India’s first microwave remote sensing satellite (RISAT-1) with all-weather imaging capability,” President added. She said that the next flight of the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle using the indigenous cryogenic upper stage was also proposed to be conducted this year.

Russia… GLONASS Spending Amiss?

Investigators have been brought in to look into alleged misuse of federal funding, following…

…a high-profile public row between the Russian space agency and a manufacturing subsidiary, Izvestia daily reported on Thursday. The Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has accused Russian Space Systems (RSS) of jacking up the costs of the Glonass global navigation system program and diverting cash “saved.” The controversy came to a point where Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who oversees the defense industry, had to step in, ordering the two parties to stop throwing mud at each other in public, which he said could “seriously harm the Russian space industry.”

RIA Novosti

China develops GNSS-based earth crust monitoring system

China developed a system to monitor the movement of the earth’s crust and predict earthquakes, according to an official of the China Earthquake Administration. The system, based-on GNSS, involves a network of 260 constant observing stations and 2,000 part-time observing stations with data-processing technology. It will also be used for weather forecasting and scientific research, among other purposes. The new network joins the US Plate Boundary Observation system and Japan’s GEONE as the most advanced means of observing the movement of the earth’s crust.

GNSS market to reach EUR 244 bn in 2020: GSA

According to data released by European GNSS Agency (GSA), the total market value of GNSS-enabled devices is expected to grow from EUR 133 billion to EUR 167 billion in 2012, and EUR 244 billion by 2020. According to the GSA, road and LBS will become the two market sectors with the highest revenue generated from 2010 to 2020, accounting for 56.4 percent and 42.8 percent of the total revenue during this period, respectively. The road segment includes personal navigation devices and in-vehicle systems, while the LBS segment includes GNSS-enabled mobile phones and services, the agency reported.

FCC action would violate its rights – LightSquared

The FCC’s proposal to kill LightSquared’s planned LTE network would violate the À edgling carrier’s property rights by taking away its spectrum and destroying its multibillion-dollar investment in mobile broadband, LightSquared argues in a formal comment to the agency. Shutting down its project would also violate the public interest by eliminating a potential mobile competitor that would sell network capacity to any carrier, LightSquared said.

Decision regarding LightSquared’s network deployment is unfair – JAVAD

For the reasons outlined below I ¿ nd your recent decision regarding LightSquared’s network deployment to be unfair and harmful to not only the U.S. economy, but to the future of innovation. It has been proven time and again that GPS and LightSquared can coexist. I demonstrated this to the PNT earlier this year, and results from independent labs con¿ rmed my results. Even more telling, the recently published recommendations from the NTIA to the FCC do not dispute this fact.

The only real issue is retro¿ tting faulty GPS units. Let’s take into consideration the aviation industry, which is highly regulated and extremely safety conscious. You can subpoena their retro¿ t histories and see when they found a problem in any parts of their aircrafts and how long it took them to ¿ x the problems. Considering that changing a GPS antenna is easy task compared to other retro¿ ts that they conducted, it will not be surprising to see this retro¿ t can take in some weeks

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