Aviation & Space

Space Foundation Report Shows Growth in Global Space Economy

May 21, 2014By

The global space economy grew to $314.17 billion in commercial revenue and government budgets in 2013, reflecting growth of 4 percent from the 2012 total of $302.22 billion, according to The Space Report 2014. The report was issued this week by the Space Foundation during the 30th Space Symposium being held this week in Colorado Springs, Colorado. GPS World Defense Editor... read more

GPS IIF-6 Launch Tracked by GPS, Not Radar

May 19, 2014By

Friday’s launch of a Delta 4 rocket carrying the latest GPS satellite was tracked via GPS itself instead of by radar, reports Spaceflight Now in an article. United Launch Alliance’s Atlas and Delta rockets are transitioning to GPS metric tracking for range safety functions, which protect the public and property should a launch vehicle veer off course. The move is a... read more

FlexPak-S GNSS Enclosure Delivers SAASM Positioning for Defense

May 15, 2014By
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NovAtel has launched the FlexPak-S GNSS SAASM enclosure. The FlexPak-S contains a NovAtel dual-frequency OEM625S receiver card integrated with L-3’s XFACTOR Selective Availability Anti Spoofing Module (SAASM) onboard. The FlexPak-S is security-approved by the GPS Directorate for operational use. NovAtel made the announcement at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2014, being held this week in Orlando, Florida. When keyed by authorized defense... read more

Visual Intelligence Releases iOne STKA for UAV Mapping Apps

May 12, 2014By

Visual Intelligence has announced that its iOne Software Sensor Tool Kit Architecture (iOne STKA) is available for purchase or licensing by manufacturers of unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs) who want to deliver an integrated UAV/geospatial imaging solution to customers. Capturing high-resolution imagery for applications in engineering, construction, urban planning, military missions and other uses is a significant emerging market for UAV... read more

UAV Shipboard Landing with RTK

May 2, 2014By
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Limited landing area as well as interference due to wind disturbance and wave motion make shipboard landings of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) extremely difficult. Use of UAVs at sea can enhance the efficiency of intelligence gathering and surveillance, and could also increase long-range air-strike capability. read more

Braxton LADO System Supports 10th GPS Satellite Initialization

April 21, 2014By

GPS IIF-5 was launched on February 20 and turned over to the 2nd Space Operations Squadron (2 SOPS) for operations on March 5. This was the 10th successful launch and initialization using Braxton Technologies‘ Launch, Anomaly Resolution, and Disposal Operations (LADO) system. LADO has performed all the mission planning, commanding and telemetry processing necessary to prepare all GPS satellites for... read more

Applied EM Offers Anti-Jam Antenna

March 26, 2014By

Applied EM’s anti-jam GPS antenna, AJGPS045, has achieved a four-channel Controlled Radiation Pattern Antenna (CRPA) in a very small size, weight and power (SWAP) particularly suitable for airborne platforms. Its footprint is the same as a standard GPS Fixed Radiation Pattern Antenna (FRPA), the FRPA-3. This is a key enabler to bringing greatly improved anti-jam performance to smaller platforms and... read more

PNT Advisory Board Hears Air Force CNAV Plan

March 12, 2014By
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The U.S. National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Advisory Board has published the minutes of its December 4–5, 2013, meeting, opening with a quote from Albert Einstein, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them,” courtesy of Board Chair Dr. James Schlesinger. Among many other topics addressed, the Board heard a report... read more