LightSquared Update - 7/20/11
The European Space Agency is weighing in on LightSquared potential interference with the EU's Galileo constellation.
Analysis by the European Space Agency has found that signals from LightSquared’s network may cause “harmful interference” to the Galileo system, Heinz Zourek, head of the commission’s industry department, said in a letter today [Tuesday] to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.
The commission also is concerned that LightSquared may affect navigation equipment on aircraft that operate in European and U.S. airspace, Zourek wrote in the letter, which was posted on the agency’s website. He urged the FCC to weigh those concerns as it considers final approval for LightSquared, which proposes serving 260 million wireless subscribers over a network of 40,000 base stations.
Connected Planet worked with Spirent (the folks who help test GPS and other chips - I did a podcast with Nigel Wright, vice president of wireless for Spirent a while back) and offers a reality check on the science of what's going on - written for the lay person.