RMS ION News – October 2011

– Thank you all for your patience with our website updates.  In an effort to stay more involved with the local Navigation community, we have plans to make much more use of our website than in the past.  As part of this we were exploring migration to new web development software and a new hosting platform and that had delayed updates.

– The RMS ION will now post monthly updates to the website, so please check back monthly for announcements and opportunities!

– We’re making some website changes!  Please check out our new Sponsors and Volunteer Opportunities links!

– The RMS ION is now on Facebook! Check us out at Rocky Mountain Section of the Institute of Navigation

– Have technical notes or observations from the 2011 JNC Conference or last RMS Section ION meeting that you would like to share?  Send to Ginger Meszaros at meszaros@infinity.aero

– The RMS ION officers are meeting on Tuesday, 04Oct11, to discuss, among other things, the next Section Meeting.  Please submit any ideas or requests for the next section meeting to Jason Danieli at jason.j.danieli@lmco.com

– Have an idea for the section or for the website?  Please let us know!  We’re always looking for ways to improve and better serve the RMS ION community.  Please submit ideas to Herb Knierim at knierim@infinity.aero

Meeting – June 29, 2011 @ 6:00pm – Lt. Col Damon Feltman & Maj. Frank Kincaid discuss NAVWAR and GPSOC Operations

The Rocky Mountain Section of the Institute of Navigation (ION) conducted a section meeting on June 29th, 2011.  This section meeting was held in conjunction with the Institute of Navigation 2011 Joint Navigation Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Colorado Springs.  Catering was provided for attendees due to a generous donation from Lockheed Martin.

The meeting began with a presentation by the new RMS ION officer corps. which was then followed by a presentation by Ken Esthus on ION Membership benefits.  The Keynote Speakers for the evening were Lt. Col. Damon Feltman and Maj. Frank Kincaid who spoke about on-going GPS Operations Center (GPSOC) operations and Navigation Warfare (NAVWAR).  Lt. Col Feltman is the current 19 Space Operations Squadron (19 SOPS) commander and Maj. Kincaid is the current 19 SOPS Weapons and Tactics officer.  Please see the Meeting Minutes page for briefings presented.

The RMS ION would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to Lockheed Martin, Lt. Col. Damon Feltman, and Maj. Frank Kincaid.  The section meeting was extremely interesting and informative and a good opportunity to mingle with other professionals in the PNT community.

If you attended the meeting and have any feedback or ideas for future section meetings, please e-mail Herb Knierim at knierim@infinity.aero

Meeting – Feb 24, 2011 @ 5:30pm – Logan Scott (Civil Jammer Detection)

Our next meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Institute of Navigation (ION) will be February 24th, beginning at 5:30 pm.  Our guest speaker will be Logan Scott and the topic will be Civil Jammer Detection & Location.

Logan is a consultant specializing in radio frequency signal processing and waveform design for communications, navigation, radar, and emitter location.  He has more than 32 years of military and civil GPS systems engineering experience.  As a senior member of the technical staff at Texas Instruments, he pioneered approaches for building high-performance, jamming-resistant digital receivers.  He is currently active in location based encryption and authentication, high performance / low bias adaptive array technologies, and RFID applications.  He teaches Navtech Seminar’s New Signal’s course and holds 32 US patents.

The meeting will begin with pizza provided at the Infinity Systems Engineering office (13520 Northgate Estates Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921).  If you are unable to attend in person and want to call in to the meeting, the phone number will be 800-977-8002, with participant code 470036#.  Should you get lost, contact Brad Michelson @ 719-640-7980 for directions to the Infinity office.

If you are interested in an officer position within this chapter, let me know as we are looking for continued leadership in this upcoming year.

Be sure to pass along to friend/colleagues.

Meeting – Sept 30, 2010 @ 5:30pm – Col. Dave Buckman (AFSPC/A5P)

Our next meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Institute of Navigation (ION) will be September 30th, beginning at 5:30 pm.  We are honored to have Col. Dave Buckman as our guest speaker.  Col. Buckman is the Air Force Command Lead for PNT/GPS requirements (HQ AFSPC/A5P) and will address GPS vision from the Air Force perspective.

The meeting will begin @ 5:30pm with pizza provided at the Infinity Systems Engineering office (13520 Northgate Estates Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921).  Be sure to pass along to friend/colleagues.

If you are unable to attend in person and want to call in to the meeting, the phone number will be 800-977-8002, with participant code 470036#.

Should you get lost, contact Brad Michelson @ 719-640-7980 for directions to the Infinity office.

Meeting – January 27 @ 5:30 (Dr. Axelrad speaking)

For next week’s meeting, we are honored to have Dr. Penina Axelrad as our guest speaker.  She will be providing an Overview of Curriculum and Research in GNSS in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder.

Dr. Axelrad is the 2009 recipient of the Kepler Award, honoring individuals during their lifetime for sustained and significant contributions to the development of satellite navigation. She has an extensive history of significant contributions to the field of satellite navigation including receiver autonomous GPS integrity monitoring (RAIM), GPS bistatic radar, satellite formation flying using GPS, GPS-based orbit and satellite attitude determination, and multipath characterization, modeling and mitigation. Additionally, Dr. Axelrad has authored or co-authored 37 peer reviewed journal papers relating to satellite navigation, written 85 conference papers, served as an author/associate editor of AIAA’s GPS “Blue Book”—the seminal two volume textbook: Global Positioning System: Theory and Applications.

Dr. Axelrad is currently a Professor of Aerospace Engineering Sciences at the University of Colorado where she has been responsible for educating navigation engineers for the past 17 years. Her current research interest include: Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technology and applications for real-time satellite orbit and attitude determination, GPS surface reflections, GPS multipath characterization and mitigation, orbital dynamics and spacecraft rendezvous. Dr. Axelrad is a Senior Member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, a Fellow of The Institute of Navigation and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is a past president of The Institute of Navigation. She was the recipient of the 1996 AIAA Sperry Award and 2003 ION Tycho Brahe Award. She received a PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University and a S.B. and S.M. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In addition, we will be conducting nomination and election of officers for 2010.

The meeting will begin @ 5:30pm with food provided.

Below is the address and directions to the Analytical Graphics office:

7150 Campus Drive, Suite 260

Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone: 1.719.573.2600

Take I-25 to the Woodmen Road exit – exit number 149

Proceed East and Turn LEFT onto Campus Dr.

AGI is located at 7150 Campus Drive in Suite 260

Be sure to pass along to friend/colleagues.  We will ask for a headcount as we get closer to the meeting.

MEETING POSTPONED to December 10th @ 5:30pm

Due to inclement weather conditions, we have postponed our next meeting until Thursday, December 10th.  Meeting will still be held at Infinity Systems Engineering, 13560 Northgate Estates Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80921-7654 and begin at 5:30pm with free pizza.

We are honored to have Mark Crews (former GPS chief engineer at GPSW and currently Chief Technology Officer with ITT Space Systems) as our guest speaker during the meeting with the topic of ADS-B and how GPS supports this concept.

ADS-B, or Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, is a key component of the FAA’s GPS satellite-based NextGen program, intended to replace the nation’s aging network of ground-based radar sites in the air traffic control system. The new system as designed will be 10 times more accurate than radar, according to the FAA.  ADS-B uses GPS signals to determine aircraft position. The code containing a plane’s flight data is automatically broadcast from the aircraft’s transponder once per second. Aircraft equipped to receive the data and ADS-B ground stations up to 200 miles away receive the broadcasts. Ground stations add radar-based targets for non-ADS-B-equipped aircraft to the mix and send all of the information back up to equipped aircraft, along with information on weather and flight restrictions. This data displays on cockpit screens and air traffic control displays.

The presentation will be posted to the RMS-ION website (http://rms.ion.org) prior to the meeting and dial-in information is 1-800-977-8002, code 58856129#, if you are unable to attend in person.