UAV/UGV

Expert Opinions: Considerations for simulating GNSS signals for UAVs

March 22, 2017By
Iurie Ilie, Chief Technical Officer, Skydel

Q: What are the key factors to consider when simulating GNSS signals for UAVs?   A: For UAV simulation, a record-and-playback system is obviously less applicable, as the user is more interested in defining system operability within a range of parameters rather than in any generalized case. A high-dynamic user performance is required, but users should look at a simulator’s... read more

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The state of the UAS/UAV industry

March 15, 2017By
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Assessing the health of an entire industry is not an easy task, but talking with industry leaders and looking for examples of growth and investment can help. Our “State of the UAS/UAV Industry” inquiries have lead to discussions with General Atomics, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Aeryon Labs and SensoFusion. SensoFusion might be a little well less known... read more

Canadian UAVs inspecting beyond line of sight

March 14, 2017By
Wellhead inspected Beyond Visual Line of Sight. (Photo: CNW Group/Canadian UAVs)

Canadian UAVs and Lockheed Martin CDL Systems have completed their first Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) inspections for pipelines, well sites and power lines using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The inspections were completed using the Transport Canada Compliant Lockheed Martin Indago 2 at the Foremost Testing Range. Canadian UAVs seeks to provide its customers with innovative technology to ensure safe... read more

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Launchpad: Survey book, receivers, black box for cars

March 13, 2017By

SURVEY & MAPPING Handbook on GPS Written for professional users of GPS systems and data GNSS Survey & Engineering: Handbook for Surveyors and Survey Engineers, by Huibert-Jan Lekkerkerk, provides the professional GPS user with enough background to understand and correct the operation of satellite navigation equipment in general, and GPS in particular. The book is based on lectures the author... read more

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Topcon offer Bentley reality modeling with UAS solutions

March 9, 2017By
Context Capture software by Topcon.

Topcon Positioning Group introduces Topcon ContextCapture, powered by Bentley Systems, a reality modeling software solution that will be offered with Topcon UAS (unmanned aerial systems). The system is designed for mapping, construction and surveying professionals to quickly turn simple photographs and or point-cloud data into true-to-life, highly detailed 3D models for use throughout a project lifecycle. “The offering will include... read more

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Sensor role reversal: How lidar can replace GNSS for navigation

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Airborne lidar/INS/GNSS: Algorithm Uses Fuzzy Controlled Scale Invariant Feature Transform Sensor role reversal: Lidar with its superior performance can replace GNSS in the integration solution by providing fixes for the drifting inertial measurement unit (IMU). Tests show its potential for terrain-referenced navigation due to its high accuracy, resolution, update rate and anti-jamming abilities. A novel algorithm uses scanning lidar ranging... read more

Microdrone to the Rescue: UAVs bring flotation to drowning swimmers

March 6, 2017By
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Microdrones collaborated last summer with the DLRG Horneburg/Altes Land e.V. (German Lifeguard Association) to simulate a mission to rescue a drowning swimmer, demonstrating the life-saving potential of UAVs. Crowds watched from the banks of the Elbe River as a UAV flew to the person in distress and dropped a compact rescue device called RESTUBE, which automatically inflated. The swimmer was... read more

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What is the biggest unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) challenge?

March 6, 2017By
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What is the biggest challenge facing the UAV industry? Go to gpsworld.com/17marpoll to give us your opinion by March 22 and you’ll also be entered in a drawing to receive a $50 gift card. Here are the possibilities on offer, plus an “other” category for you to specify something bigger if you think we’ve omitted anything. Better quality images and... read more

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