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Welcome to the Mid-September edition of our eNewsletter. We have good news and good news.
First, and most important, we are pleased to announce a new addition to the Machine Control Magazine/Machine Control Online family. Managing Editor Randy Noland's wife Bobbee gave birth to their second, child—Bonnie Marie, on Thursday, Sept. 15th. Mother and child are doing well and without providing her exact length and weight, we can safely say that Bonnie is a keeper.
The second bit of good fortune is that LightSquared is still in the news. Fox News is reporting that General William Shelton, head of the U.S. Air Force Space Command, said he was pressured to change his Congressional testimony in a way that would make it more favorable to LightSquared. As the majority owner of LightSquared is Phillip Falcone, a major Democratic Party contributor, this has now become a political issue. Republicans are already raising questions. It is unclear who exactly pressured Shelton, but fingers are being pointed and this will become another political hot potato, in an already polarized and contentious environment, with the elections on the horizon.
So why is this good news? Well, it brings the issue of LightSquared's interference of high-precision GNSS/GPS receivers into the public spotlight and increases its visibility and the subsequent increased political scrutiny. So far the public awareness of this issue has been limited to us stakeholders and this expanded exposure can increase the pressure on lawmakers and regulators. We can use and will take all the help we can get as the LightSquared interference issue affects all of us in the precise positioning Vol1No2 community.
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In this newsletter we revisit the five exclusive September 2011 articles, providing you with the information your business needs to explore the benefits of positioning and machine control or to advance your current investment. Our Spotlight article comes from our own Joe Sass, in which he discusses "GNSS Positioning Modes, Real—Time Kinematic Versus Post Processing."
Also, please take the time to check out our Video of the Week. This one is quite unique and dramatic, featuring the coordination of man and machines at the Moolarben Coal Mine in Australia. You don't have to be in the mining business to be blown away by this beautifully shot and edited video. You can easily see why the mining industry was an early adopter of machine control technology. The magnitude of the impact of improving efficiency can be easily imagined at an endeavor of this size.
Once again, congratulations to Randy, Bobbee and big sister Betsy Caroline.
Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is any subject about which you would like to see more information.
Best regards,
Paul F. Hahn
Associate Editor & Co-Founder
Machine Control Online

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