Defense

US Coast Guard approves electronic navigation charts

March 8, 2016By

The U.S. Coast Guard has published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. “After consultation with our Navigation Safety Advisory Committee, the Coast Guard will allow mariners to use official electronic charts instead of paper charts, if they choose to do so,” said Capt. Scott J. Smith, the chief of... read more

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Retrofitted Predator succeeds in long-winged flight

March 7, 2016By
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully flown the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (ER) Long Wing craft. The long-wing Predator is retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings, greater internal fuel capacity and additional hard points for carrying external stores. The flight took place Feb. 18 at GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Test Facility in Palmdale, Calif., on a test aircraft. GA-ASI is a a... read more

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Team Schriever celebrates GPS heritage

February 23, 2016By
Attendees give a standing ovation to Tech. Sgt. Israel Del Toro Jr. after he shared his story during the GPS Heritage Gala Del Toro was the guest speaker. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)

News from 50th Space Wing Public Affairs In honor of the space program that benefits more than 3 billion users worldwide, the 2nd and 19th Space Operations Squadrons celebrated the second annual GPS Heritage Gala Friday, Feb. 19, at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The two squadrons perform the satellite command and control mission for the GPS constellation. The... read more

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PNT Roundup: Inertial market outlook, 3D grows lidar, RoboParachute drops

February 22, 2016By
Blue Force Tracker units may add inertial to GPS for unit and individual soldier location.

Inertial effort underway for MGUE
The U.S. Air Force’s Joint Service Systems Management Office (JSSMO) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an order to support embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts. read more

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All Betz are on: A satnav book review

February 10, 2016By
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There is something for everyone interested in satnav in this wonderful book, regardless of their level of involvement or sophistication with PNT. This book is a treasure trove for PNT engineers and satnav experts but it’s readability is such that even if you are only slightly curious about how space based PNT works, you will find it an educational and enjoyable read. read more

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ION Joint Navigation Conference abstracts due by Feb. 15

February 3, 2016By

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Institute of Navigation (ION) Joint Navigation Conference (JNC) is Monday, Feb. 15. Abstracts must be received by Feb. 15 and must be written for public release. For more information and instructions on submitting an abstract, visit the ION website. The JNC is the largest U.S. military positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint... read more

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US Navy unmanned system passes tests on submersible

January 29, 2016By
A surrogate LDUUV is submerged in preparation for a test to demonstrate the capability of the Navy's Common Control System at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Washington. (U.S. Navy photo)

The U.S. Navy tested its newly developed Common Control System (CCS) with a submersible unmanned vehicle during a series of underwater missions at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport in Puget Sound, Washington. The CCS successfully demonstrated its capability to provide command and control to a surrogate Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (LDUUV). CCS is a software architecture with a common... read more

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Demonstration shows unmanned ground-air collaboration

January 29, 2016By
An unmanned Black Hawk delivers an autonomous ground vehicle to a remote site in a demonstration for the U.S. Army of a joint robotic air-ground mission.

Carnegie Mellon University and Sikorsky Aircraft researchers have used an autonomous helicopter and an autonomous ground vehicle to demonstrate for the U.S. Army that ground and air robots can perform complex, cooperative missions, the university announced Jan. 20. During the Oct. 27 demonstration, an unmanned Black Hawk helicopter picked up an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV), flew a 12-mile route, delivered the UGV... read more