UAV/UGV

Swift, Carnegie release Duro for ground robots

May 11, 2017By

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics released their first joint product at AUVSI’s Xponential: the Duro, a ruggedized version of Swift Navigation’s Piksi Multi dual-frequency RTK GNSS receiver. Built for outdoor operations, Duro combines a rugged enclosure with centimeter-accurate positioning. Leveraging design principles typically used in military hardware, the GNSS sensor is protected against weather, moisture, vibration, dust, water immersion and... read more

Congress increases funding for UAS research, airspace integration

May 11, 2017By

More than $20 million for research on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) was included in an appropriations package that Congress passed and the president signed into law last week to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. The funding for UAS research is $2.67 million more than last year’s budget request by the Federal... read more

UAV testing facility selects Harris for BVLOS support

May 11, 2017By

Grand Sky Airfield Operations, a 217-acre UAS test facility in North Dakota, has selected Harris Corporation to provide an advanced solution to support beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) unmanned aerial systems (UAS) flight operations, reducing the need for chase planes to provide constant visual surveillance during flight. Grand Sky tenants will have the ability to conduct BVLOS UAS flights, enabling commercial and government... read more

Traffic management systems for UAS requested by UN agency

May 11, 2017By

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), announced a Request for Information (RFI) on traffic management systems for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). ICAO announced the RFI at AUVSI’s Xponential 2017, the  trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. As UAS operations become more... read more

VectorNav supplies IMU for military bomb-disposal robot

May 11, 2017By

VectorNav Technologies, a provider of embedded navigation solutions, announced at AUVSI’s Xponential that it will supply its surface mount VN-100 inertial measurement unit/attitude and heading reference system (IMU/AHRS) to Neya Systems for a custom version of that company’s UxAB module. Neya Systems will in turn deliver its custom version of the UxAB platform to Northrop Grumman for that company’s Advance... read more

Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 10, 2017By

Add small sats, gamification and nanotechnology, and you've got a bunch of powerful new drivers pushing out geospatial frontiers in every direction. These exciting tools are opening up new market sectors and bringing powerful techniques to military and other applications. read more

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Septentrio’s newest receivers protect against jamming interference

May 9, 2017By

Septentrio has launched two new GNSS boards. The AsteRx-m2 and AsteRx-m2 UAS OEM boards provide GNSS positioning with interference mitigation technology on ultra-low-power boards. The boards are being showcased at AUVSI’s Xponential 2017 this week in Dallas, Texas. The credit-card sized AsteRx-m2 and the AsteRx-m2 UAS offer all-in-view multi-frequency, multi-constellation tracking and centimeter-level real-time kinematic (RTK) position accuracy for low... read more

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PrecisionHawk launches free software for drone mapping

May 9, 2017By

Commercial drone and data company PrecisionHawk has opened access to its PrecisionMapper professional mapping and analytics software for free. With the software, drone operators can snap an unlimited number of photos, create maps without resolution limits, and run algorithms to analyze their data. PrecisionHawk announced the launch of the free version of PrecisionMapper today at the AUVSI’s Xponential 2017 conference in Dallas, Texas. Drone operators can... read more

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