GPS

The Department of Commerce is involved in a wide variety of issues and activities related to the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). These include GPS policy and management, GPS modernization, international GPS cooperation, and GPS interference and spectrum management. Learn more about these issues at GPS.gov

The Department’s interest in GPS comes from its multiple roles as a user of GPS, provider of a GPS augmentation service (CORS), representative of commercial GPS manufacturers and users, member of the federal body that coordinates GPS matters, and regulator of GPS-related radio spectrum (NTIA), technology exports (BIS), and intellectual property (USPTO).

8th GPS-Galileo Working Group B Meeting

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On March 1, the Office of Space Commerce co-chaired the eighth meeting of the Working Group on Trade and Civil Applications (Working Group B) under the GPS-Galileo Agreement of 2004. The meeting took place in Munich, Germany, on the margins of the

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Proposed Changes to GPS/GNSS Export Controls Published

On February 19, the State Department published a proposed export control rule change affecting GPS/GNSS user equipment. Among other things, the rule will move the existing GPS/GNSS receiver controls found in Category XV of the U.S. Munitions List (Spacecraft Systems

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Law Restores Original Name of Office of Space Commerce

On November 25, President Obama signed the U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act. The legislation renamed the Office of Space Commercialization to the Office of Space Commerce (its original designation) and added several functions. The new functions include promoting U.S.

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GPS Presentation from Kyoto Conference

Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization gave a presentation on the GPS program during a meeting of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) International Information Subcommittee (IISC), held November 16, 2015, in Kyoto, Japan. The meeting took

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Presentation on GPS Economic Study

On June 11, economist Irv Leveson delivered a public presentation on the preliminary results of his ongoing study on the economic benefits of GPS. The Office of Space Commercialization leads the interagency team of federal economists and subject matter experts

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GPS-Galileo Meeting Held June 9

On June 9, the Office of Space Commercialization co-chaired the seventh meeting of the GPS-Galileo Working Group “B” on Trade and Civil Applications in Vienna, Austria. The meeting occurred on the margins of some meetings of the UN-affiliated International Committee on

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Presentation on International GNSS Market Access

Jason Kim of the Office of Space Commercialization spoke about GNSS market access at last week’s meetings of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) and ICG Providers’ Forum in Prague, Czech Republic. He presented U.S. concerns about GNSS-related measures that may affect

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GPS-Galileo Meetings Held in Madrid

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On June 5-6, the Office of Space Commercialization participated in a series of meetings in Spain to discuss U.S. space/GNSS cooperation with the European Union. The Office co-chaired a meeting of the GPS-Galileo Working Group “B” on Trade and Civil

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Air Force Adds Navigation Data to Modernized Civil GPS Signals

On April 28, 2014, the Air Force began broadcasting civil navigation (CNAV) messages on all operational GPS satellites capable of transmitting the L2C and L5 signals. L2C and L5 are the first of several new civil capabilities being added to

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GPS-Galileo Working Group B Meeting in Munich

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On March 25, the Office of Space Commercialization co-chaired a meeting of the GPS-Galileo Working Group on Trade and Civil Applications in Munich, Germany. It was the fifth such meeting since the group’s establishment under the U.S.-EU agreement on GPS-Galileo

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