Defense

Lockheed continues flight demonstrations of expeditionary UAS

May 15, 2017By

Lockheed Martin’s advanced tactical Group 3 unmanned aerial system (UAS) Fury is regularly flying long-range endurance test missions as the company prepares it for low-rate production. In flight tests since May 2016, Fury has flown more than 200 hours and reliably demonstrated more than 12-hour endurance, while simultaneously operating 100 pounds of payloads, including electro-optical/infrared surveillance systems, voice communications relays, SATCOM links... read more

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

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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Anti-jam technology: Demystifying the CRPA

April 12, 2017By

Controlled reception pattern antennas (CRPAs, pronounced “serpers”), adaptive antennas, null-steering antennas, beamforming antennas… You’ve probably heard of at least one of those terms in any discussion around GPS anti-jam technology for defense. Because they are all terms that describe essentially the same thing: a specialized antenna that helps protect GPS receivers from interference and jamming. But what exactly are they? Where... read more

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GPS satellite security discussed in House hearing

April 11, 2017By

A U.S. Congress hearing on March 29 focused on the vulnerability of satellite systems to strategic attacks, according to an article by The Hill. The GPS constellation in particular was discussed as critical to energy, telecommunications and finance sectors. Experts and lawmakers expressed their concerns at the joint hearing between the House Homeland Security Committee and House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic... read more

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GPS Source receives security approval for DAGR device

April 11, 2017By

GPS Source has received Global Positioning Systems Directorate security approval for its family of Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM)-based Host Application Equipment (HAE). GPS Source announced security approval for the Enhanced D3 (ED3) and Enhanced FLO-G (E-FLO-G) with integrated SAASM receivers. The ED3 and E-FLO-G are upgradeable versions of the popular DAGR Distributed Device (D3) and are capable of distributing SAASM today,... read more