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US Air Force releases GPS III-3 launch services RFP

August 4, 2016By
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The Air Force has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for launch services for the GPS III-3 mission, scheduled to launch in 2019. Proposals are due Sept. 19; the contract will be a standalone contract for a single GPS III launch. The United Launch Alliance (ULA) and SpaceX are expected to compete for the contract. In April, SpaceX was chosen to launch the... read more

Geneq’s iSXBlue receivers fully compatible with Collector 10.4

August 3, 2016By

Geneq’s iSXBlue receivers are now fully compatible with Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS 10.4. for iOS, according to Geneq. The high sub-metric accuracy which characterizes the iSXBlue receivers is thus available in real time for field workers and Collector users. Users of the high-recision receivers can take advantage of new features of data collection with the Collector software, particularly: Detailed information about the... read more

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Latest version of TerraGo Edge improves quality of field data collection

August 3, 2016By
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TerraGo Edge 3.9.5 is now out. The new version offers a number of new, powerful features for iOS, Android and web users, the company announced. TerraGo Edge is a mobile platform that combines customizable smart forms and workforce management with advanced GPS and GIS features for fast, accurate asset inspections, field surveys, site audits and mobile data collection projects. A video on the TerraGo... read more

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7-Eleven, Flirtey make first FAA-approved drone delivery to home

August 2, 2016By
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Convenience retailer 7-Eleven and Flirtey, an independent drone delivery service, completed the first fully autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s residence to advance research toward integrating drones into the National Airspace System. The July 22 delivery to a Reno, Nevada, home is the first time a U.S. customer has received a package to a residence via drone — a historic milestone... read more

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Elliptically orbiting Galileo satellites to start broadcasting navigation messages

August 2, 2016By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to two Notice Advisories to Galileo Users (NAGUs), the two Galileo satellites launched into elliptical orbits in August 2014, GSAT0201 using PRN code E18 and GSAT0202 using PRN code E14, will start transmitting navigation messages for test purposes this Friday, Aug. 5. The Signal Health Status (SHS) flags will be set to “Test” and... read more

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Australia drifts away from GNSS measurements

August 2, 2016By
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Australia is moving north at the rate of approximately 2.75 inches per year, causing it to be out of sync with GNSS positioning by nearly five feet, reports the BBC. Scientists are working to correct the measurement problems this situation creates. The shift, caused by normal tectonic movement, is causing a discrepancy that would interfere in the future use of self-driving cars.... read more

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Verizon to acquire fleet management company Fleetmatics

August 1, 2016By
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Transaction to accelerate Verizon’s position as a provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions, companies say Verizon Communications Inc. and Fleetmatics Group PLC have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verizon will acquire Fleetmatics, a global provider of fleet and mobile workforce management solutions, for $60 per share in cash — representing a value of approximately $2.4 billion. In... read more

Spirent presented with RIN award for technical achievement

August 1, 2016By

Spirent Communications plc’s Positioning Technology Unit, a company that provides solutions for improving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system performance, was yesterday presented with the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) Duke of Edinburgh Navigation Award for Technical Achievement. The award was presented at the Institute’s Annual Meeting, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London Jul.y 21, by the Institute’s Patron,... read more

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