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12 Inside GNSS J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 8 GPS Budget On Track for Near-Full Funding B oth the S enate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee have now passed their spending bills, largely agreeing with the White House and their House counterparts on funding levels for the GPS program with the exceptions of nearly tripling the House cut to the GPS IIIF program and taking a shot across the bow of the new GPS ground system. e White House asked for a total of $1.48 billion for the GPS program for fis- cal year 2019. is is a solid boost over the $1.18 billion Congress approved for FY18 and a significant jump over the $908.3 million appropriated for FY17. And it appears that the GPS program is set to get most of that money. So far this year the appropriations and autho- rizing committees in both houses have agreed to the $144.54 million for devel- opment of the search and rescue payload and M-Code hosted payload for GPS III. ey have also agreed to the full $69.39 million request for the GPS III satellites — in fact House authorizers would like to see $5 million added for a GPS backup technology demonstration. ere appears to be additional con- sensus on funding for GPS user equip- ment though it's a little hard to track. ree of the committees elected to fully fund the program at $513.24 million. The Senate appropriations committee cut the program by $30 million but said in its report that it was doing so because the funds for Increment 2 of the program had already been allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Public Law 115–141). The four committees also gave a thumbs-up to $13.48 million to update the existing ground control system. is work on the Operational Control System (OCS) will include new equipment and/ or upgrades for the Master Control Sta- tion, the Alternate Master Control Sta- tion, four ground antennas, six monitor stations as well as a contractor lab facility and the Telecommunications Simulator Test Set. e OCS funding, which is planned to continue at about the same pace in fiscal years 2020 and 2021, according to the White House budget, will also sustain the system until it is possible to transition to the new ground system — the Next Generation Operational Control System or OCX. For a complete version of this article go online at: T erry Moore, professor of and direc- tor of the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI) at the University of Not- tingham, took over the reins as president of the United Kingdom's Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) in a ceremony at the group's annual meeting on July 10. Glen Gibbons, edi- tor emeritus of Inside GNSS, presented one of two RIN President's Invitation Addresses, speaking on the subject, "Unfinished Business of Positioning, Navigation, and Time." Gibbons also was named a Fellow of the RIN, "in recognition of his globally respected journalism, rais- ing awareness and sharing knowledge of GNSS." The other invited address was pre- sented by David Rooney, Keeper of Time, Cities, Technologies & Engineer- ing at the UK Science Museum and lead curator of the recently opened exhibi- tion, Mathematics: e Winton Gallery. Rooney's topic was "e Traffic Problem in 20th Century London." Moore succeeds Captain J. B. Taylor, Royal Navy (retired), who served in the post for the past three years. In a first for the RIN, Kate Jeffery, professor of behav- ioral neuroscience at University College London, became the first woman to serve as a vice-president on the organi- zation. Jeffery leads the RIN's Cognition and Navigation Group. Among other awards announced at the meeting, Chronos Technology Ltd., received the Duke of Edinburgh's Navi- gation Award for Technical Achievement "in recognition of technical excellence and authority in satellite navigation and timing vulnerabilities and mitigations." Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, serves as the royal patron of the RIN. Inside GNSS' Glen Gibbons Named a Fellow of the RIN at Annual Meeting See Additional News Stories at • Broad Effort Underway on Assured, Accurate Time • Workshop Looks at GNSS Back-up Options • New GPSIA Leader Excited About GPS Future • China Launches Another BeiDou Navigation Satellite • Australia Funds 4-year GNSS Plan, New Space Agency . . . and more. News from the world of GNSS DEGREES

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