Navy's new disaster response van runs on solar, wind power

The Navy's salvage command has rolled out a command van that uses solar, wind and battery power to supplement its generator.

Data & Analytics

LightSquared: GPS interference is device-makers' fault

In a petition to the FCC, the company says GPS device-makers have no right to protection from signal interference because LightSquared, not GPS devices, has a license to use the spectrum.

Emerging Tech

SETI's search for alien life is back in business

With new funding and newly discovered planets to study, scientists resume their search for intelligent life in space.

Dead zones don't stop this phone

The Inmarsat IsatPhone Pro satellite phone can help you make calls from anywhere in the world.

Cybersecurity

Navy devising battle plan for satellite attacks

The U.S. Navy is considering how it will handle future operations where it might have little or no satellite communications or navigation, something that may be standard as cyber warfare continues to escalate.

Don't panic: Nationwide test of emergency alert system set for Nov. 9

The first nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, set for Nov. 9, will see how the country handles sensory deprivation, even if for a little while.

Cybersecurity

China denies it hacked 2 US satellites

A congressional commission says China may have been behind the hack of two Earth observation satellites in 2007 and 2008. China says the commission has "ulterior motives."

In Afghanistan, satellite capacity provides a lifeline

An Army satcom team worked feverishly to supply extra satellite capacity for logistics troops whose bandwidth had been squeezed by the 2010 troop surge in Afghanistan.

Establishing comms for Army brigade was a team effort

A tiger team made up of personnel from the Communications Automated Information System Interface network met the urgent communications needs of the 401st Army Field Support Brigade.

State & Local

Sorry, LightSquared, GPS was there first

In the struggle to balance the needs of a new broadband network with the operation of the existing Global Positioning System, the satellite company will have to accept that GPS has a prior claim on the radio frequency spectrum.

Emerging Tech

Space junk problem: Is a solar-sail ship the answer?

NASA is planning to test a large solar sail that could be used to navigate the upper atmosphere to clean up orbital debris.

NASA's falling satellite wasn't always a hunk of junk

Before it gained fame as a freight-car sized menace of falling space junk, NASA's Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite made worthy contributions to climate research.

Improved image tagging refines battlefield situational awareness

As networking makes all types of data readily available to warfighters, technical planners are continuing to enhance techniques to make sure warfighters can find the files they need.

Proposed 4G network threatens vital GPS services, Congress told

LightSquared's broadband signals would disrupt consumer apps and federal programs and could set back the FAA's air traffic control project by 10 years, according to testimony to a House committee.

Army puts tactical network through its paces

Network Integration Evaluation tests will vet new systems slated to re-equip Army units before redeployment.

Cloud & Infrastructure

10 agency projects win 2011 GCN Awards

The winning project teams, selected from more than 200 nominated, combined leadership and technical innovation with a determination to improve services and cut costs.

ICE to get comms help from new vehicle

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is expanding its technological reach with the help of a mobile communications vehicle.

Data & Analytics

How budget cuts could rain on your picnic

NOAA needs another satellite in orbit to continue providing accurate long-range forecasts, but Congress has pegged the satellite’s funding for cuts.

Data & Analytics

Satellite imagery used to help fight Arizona fire

Satellite technology is coming to the rescue in the fight against the largest wildfire in Arizona history.

Data & Analytics

Report on whether LightSquared's 4G network disrupts GPS signals is delayed

The company behind a proposed 4G wireless network has been given a two-week extension to file a report to the FCC concerning interference with GPS signals.

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