21 Sep, ’21

Jamming, precision artillery and long range drone strikes on Libyan battlefield offer lessons learned for US military [Military Times]

2021-09-21T18:17:53-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

Jamming, precision artillery and long range drone strikes on Libyan battlefield offer lessons learned for US military Shawn Snow | February 24, 2020 | Military Times Article excerpts: “The battlefield now features air defense systems, long-range drones, electronic war and the jamming of GPS systems that stretches 50 miles in from the Libyan coast — a hallmark of near-peer conflicts like Ukraine’s war with Russia and its separatist forces on the eastern front. ‘The use of air power and precision technology, including precision-guided artillery, has become a dominant feature of an otherwise low-intensity conflict,’ the UN report reads. ‘Multiple incidents of [ READ MORE ]

20 Aug, ’21

Virginia Company Licenses NASA Relative Navigation Technology [NASA] | NASA, Psionic Sign Lidar Tech Licensing Deal [ExecutiveGov]

2021-09-21T18:29:48-04:00Categories: Industry News, Psionic Milestones, Psionic Press Release|Tags: |

Virginia Company Licenses NASA Relative Navigation Technology [NASA] August 20, 2021 | NASA NASA and Virginia-based Psionic, LLC, signed a licensing agreement for the use of a NASA 3D light detection and ranging (lidar) technology called Kodiak, originally developed for a cutting-edge mission to robotically refuel a satellite in orbit. The commercial license will allow Psionic to combine the technology’s capabilities with existing lidar developments to enhance the overall design and incorporate it into future missions. Article excerpts: Psionic previously licensed a Navigation Doppler Lidar (NDL) from NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Lidar is a critical component of a [ READ MORE ]

18 Feb, ’21

Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services [Federal Register]

2021-09-21T18:43:47-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

Strengthening National Resilience Through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Services Executive Order 13905 of February 12, 2020 Excerpts: “By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. The national and economic security of the United States depends on the reliable and efficient functioning of critical infrastructure. Since the United States made the Global Positioning System available worldwide, positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services provided by space-based systems have become a largely invisible utility for technology and infrastructure, including [ READ MORE ]

19 Jan, ’21

GAO Report—GPS Modernization: DOD Continuing to Develop New Jam-Resistant Capability, But Widespread Use Remains Years Away [GAO-21-145]

2021-09-21T18:26:38-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

GPS Modernization: DOD Continuing to Develop New Jam-Resistant Capability, But Widespread Use Remains Years Away [GAO-21-145] Published: Jan 19, 2021; Publicly Released: Jan 19, 2021. View the full GAO report, 55 pages > Fast Facts GPS may seem like everyday technology, but it depends on military systems that continue to evolve to meet defense needs. The Department of Defense has worked for decades to develop a jam-resistant GPS capability for the military called M-code. This requires satellites to broadcast the M-code signal, control systems on the ground, and equipment that can receive it. Modernized satellites are in space but receiver [ READ MORE ]

30 Dec, ’20

Suborbital flight testing paves way for long-term goals [Aerospace Magazine]

2021-09-21T18:24:48-04:00Categories: Industry News, Psionic Milestones|Tags: , |

Suborbital flight testing paves way for long-term goals [Aerospace Magazine] The Reusable Launch Vehicles Technical Committee brings together experts to focus on leading-edge programs and developments in this area By Nicole Quenelle and John Kelly | December 2020 | Aerospace America Aerospace America, December 2020 Article excerpt: “…In September, NASA licensee Psionic Technologies, based in Virginia, flew its commercial version of NDL technology on Masten’s Xodiac vertical takeoff and vertical landing vehicle in Mojave, California. Xodiac functions much like a lander, providing testing to validate Psionic’s navigation algorithms and data processing and enabling the company to make any [ READ MORE ]

01 Dec, ’20

We Need a Backup for GPS. Actually, We Need Several of Them [Defense One]

2021-09-21T18:24:03-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

We Need a Backup for GPS. Actually, We Need Several of Them The key is incentivizing adoption of position-navigation-timing alternatives. By Robert Cardillo, Distinguished Fellow, CSET | December 1, 2020 | Defense One COMMENTARY C4ISR Article Excerpts: “Creating a backup to the GPS constellation has been federal policy since 2004, when President George W. Bush’s National Security Policy Directive-39 ordered the Pentagon to redouble efforts to counter jamming and other interferences and to ensure uninterrupted access to the positioning, timing, and navigation signals that undergird so many of our society’s vital functions. But although much progress has been made since then, the [ READ MORE ]

18 Sep, ’20

Technology Developed for Lunar Landings Makes Self-Driving Cars Safer on Earth [NASA]

2021-09-21T18:21:24-04:00Categories: Industry News, Psionic Press Release|Tags: , |

Technology Developed for Lunar Landings Makes Self-Driving Cars Safer on Earth [NASA] September 18, 2020, NASA > NASA is advancing a laser-based technology designed to help spacecraft land on a proverbial dime for missions to the Moon and Mars. The technology will undergo testing on upcoming suborbital rocket launches with Blue Origin on its New Shepard rocket and ride to the Moon on several commercial landers as part of the Artemis program. Simultaneously, companies are using the technology to help self-driving cars navigate rush hour traffic on this planet. NASA engineers are designing an approach to safely manage multiple trips [ READ MORE ]

08 May, ’20

Executive Order Seeks Stronger PNT Systems [National Defense]

2021-09-21T18:20:41-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

Executive Order Seeks Stronger PNT Systems Yasmin Tadjdeh | May 8, 2020 | National Defense Article excerpts: “…PNT services ‘provided by space-based systems have become a largely invisible utility for technology and infrastructure, including the electrical power grid, communications infrastructure and mobile devices, all modes of transportation, precision agriculture, weather forecasting and emergency response,’ said the [White House Executive Order on Strengthening National Resilience through Responsible Use of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Services], which was released in February. However, because of the widespread adoption of these systems ‘the disruption or manipulation of these services has the potential to adversely affect the [ READ MORE ]

03 Mar, ’20

Battle for Idlib: Turkey’s drones and a new way of war [Al Jazeera]

2021-09-21T18:20:28-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , , |

Battle for Idlib: Turkey’s drones and a new way of war What gives drones an edge over manned aircraft in certain missions and why is Turkey suddenly excelling at them? Alex Gatopoulos | March 3, 2020 | Al Jazeera Article excerpts: “Recent Turkish air raids have destroyed dozens of Syrian government tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and air defence systems sharply halting Syria’s advance towards Idlib. Allegedly launched in retaliation for an attack that killed 34 Turkish soldiers, the Turkish air offensive over Syria did not use manned aircraft but fleets of unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as UAVs or drones. [ READ MORE ]

20 Dec, ’19

DoD on Innovation Fast Track-Views of Top Pentagon PNT Managers [IG Inside GNSS]

2021-09-21T18:20:04-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

DoD on Innovation Fast Track-Views of Top Pentagon PNT Managers Dee Ann Divis | December 20, 2019 | IG Inside GNSS Article excerpts: “Making sure that PNT capabilities are not lost due to jamming, spoofing or other disruptions is one of DOD’s highest overall priorities. For the Army in particular it’s an enabling capability for its top six modernization priorities, according to the newly released 2019 Army Modernization Strategy: Investing in the Future.” “Army PNT uses this approach to support development of a new PNT capability to reduce the weight, power requirements and collective space needed for GPS receivers and antennas. [ READ MORE ]

14 Apr, ’19

The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships [Business Insider]

2021-09-21T18:19:31-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: , |

The Russians are screwing with the GPS system to send bogus navigation data to thousands of ships Jim Edwards | April 14, 2019 | Business Insider Article excerpts: “‘All critical national infrastructures rely on GNSS to some extent’ — and the Russians have started hacking it…” ”GNSS comprises the constellation of international satellites that orbit Earth. The US's Global Positioning System, China's BeiDou, Russia's Glonass, and Europe's Galileo program are all part of GNSS. Your phone, law enforcement, shipping, airlines, and power stations — anything dependent on GPS time and location synchronization — are all vulnerable to GNSS hacking. A [ READ MORE ]

29 Mar, ’19

Above Us Only Stars: Exposing GPS Spoofing in Russia and Syria [C4ADS]

2021-09-21T18:19:12-04:00Categories: Industry News|Tags: |

Above Us Only Stars: Exposing GPS Spoofing in Russia and Syria C4ADS | March 2019 Executive Summary GPS and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are used in everything from cellular communication networks, to basic consumer goods, high-end military systems, and stock trading inputs. But these systems are vulnerable: by attacking positioning, navigational, and timing (PNT) data through electronic warfare (EW) capabilities, state and non-state actors can cause significant damage to modern militaries, first-world economies, and everyday consumers alike. With recent technological advances, the tools and methodologies for conducting this interference are now at a high risk for proliferation. GNSS attacks [ READ MORE ]

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