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BeiDou’s Newest Trio of Satellites Pass Tests

November 30, 2015By

The three BeiDou satellites launched this year are sending twice as many signals as their predecessors, reports the Economic Times, following tests of the orbits and key technology. The 18th and 19th satellites for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) were launched on July 26, and the 20th satellite was launched on Sept. 30. The 18th and 19th satellites are the... read more

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AeroVironment Gets $13M UAV Order from U.S. Marine Corps

November 25, 2015By

AeroVironment has received an order valued at $13 million for RQ-20A Puma AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Corps employs the Puma AE system as the long-range solution for its small unit remote scouting system (SURSS), complementing the AeroVironment RQ-11B Raven and RQ-12A Wasp AE UAS. The Puma AE... read more

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FAA’s Drone Task Force Issues Registration Recommendations

November 25, 2015By

A proposed national drone registration system should be based on the pilot, not the craft, recommends an FAA task force. It should also be free, electronic and immediate, and not apply to UAVs weighing 250 grams or less. In October, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the task force to develop recommendations for a registration... read more

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Jackson Labs provides GNSS PNT replacement module for legacy receivers

November 23, 2015By
M12M Replacement Receiver GNSS module.

Jackson Labs Technologies Inc. has made available the M12M Replacement Receiver GNSS module that is form-fit-function compatible to the legacy Motorola M12M and M12+ timing and navigation receivers. It uses an eighth-generation GNSS timing-enabled receiver allowing 72 GNSS-channel reception with any two GNSS systems being received simultaneously. The M12M adds configurability via USB ports as well as dual in-line package (DIP) switches and various status... read more

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SkyTracker Launched to Thwart Drone Threats in Protected Airspace

November 23, 2015By

CACI International has released SkyTracker, a precision system to protect high-value assets and support public safety against the escalating threat posed by the inadvertent or unlawful misuse of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). SkyTracker’s UAS detection, identification, and tracking system uses the drone’s radio links to precisely identify and locate UAS flying in banned or protected airspace, and has the unique capability to... read more

Verhoef named Galileo director by ESA Council

November 23, 2015By
Paul Verhoef

The European Space Agency (ESA) has named Paul Verhoef its new Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities. Verhoef, former coordinator for Galileo activities with the European Commission, was named as one member of a new senior leadership team after a special meeting of the ESA Council in Paris on Nov. 21. At the weekend meeting, the agency selected several new managers for... read more

UTC to retain leap second at least until 2023

November 23, 2015By

The ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), in session in Geneva Nov. 2-27, has decided that further studies are required on the impact and application of a future reference time-scale, including the modification of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and suppressing the so-called “leap second.” Leap seconds are added periodically to adjust to irregularities in the earth’s rotation in relation to UTC, the... read more

Leica adds to GeoMo geodetic monitoring solution

November 19, 2015By

  Leica Geosystems has introduced two new additions to its Leica GeoMo deformation monitoring solution: Leica GeoMoS AnyData and GeoMoS API. Users of the system can now create comprehensible visualizations and customizable reports, which enables powerful sensor data fusion for applications, such as air or water quality monitoring and construction or building management. With GeoMoS AnyData and GeoMoS API, multiple open interface standards... read more