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Telit offers new GNSS module

October 25, 2016By
Telit Jupiter SE873 GNSS module.

Telit‘s Jupiter SE873Q5 module is now available. The SE873Q5 is an ultra-low-power, high-sensitivity GNSS module with very small physical dimensions, completely compatible with its SE873 module. The new module leverages Telit innovation in miniaturization technology to improve power saving and sensitivity, delivering longer battery life and expanding design possibilities for tracking and navigation application areas particularly in wearable devices. The... read more

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NASA tests solar-powered Silent Falcon UAS for large-scale operations

October 25, 2016By
NASA’s concept for a possible UTM system would safely manage diverse UAS operations in the airspace above buildings and below
crewed aircraft operations in suburban and urban areas. (Image: NASA)

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies participated in the NASA UTM (unmanned traffic management) project headed up by the NASA Ames Research Center, held this month in Reno, Nevada. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working together to identify ways to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low-altitude airspace. The growing number of UAS and commercial UAS applications has led... read more

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South Korea, Thales to develop SBAS for aviation

October 25, 2016By

South Korea and France’s Thales Group will jointly develop an advanced Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for GPS by 2021, reports the Korea Herald. The country’s state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute will sign a $40 million deal with Thales Group on Oct. 26, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. The new SBAS will especially help reduce errors in... read more

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Russians seek answers to GPS anomaly in Moscow

October 24, 2016By

Mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in Moscow, Russia, according to the Associated Press. According to research by programmer Grigory Bakunov, who works for Russian internet firm Yandex, a system for blocking GPS was located inside the Kremlin. GPS users in central Moscow have been complaining on social media that when they are near the Kremlin, their GPS... read more

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OriginGPS offers module plus software for drone navigation

October 24, 2016By

OriginGPS, a manufacturer of miniature GNSS modules, has launched three new products built on the flash-based SiRFstar V from Qualcomm Technologies Inc. This latest trio of modules has drone features such as low-latency velocity and position outputs and 5-Hz position updates. The Multi Hornet and Multi Micro Hornet offer drone OEMs a choice between 10 by 10 millimeter or 18 by 18 millimeter integrated, high-performance... read more

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Four Galileo ‘topped off’ for November launch

October 24, 2016By

Fueling operations have begun with the four Galileo spacecraft to be launched Nov. 17 from French Guiana. This will be launch contractor Arianespace’s first launch using its Ariane 5 rocket to deploy Europe’s constellation of navigation satellites. The fueling activity is now underway in the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility. One of the first to be processed is named “Antonianna,” after an Italian child... read more

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After the storm: Drone flights enable speedy cellular inspections

October 22, 2016By

In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Verizon used drones for cell-site inspections in North Carolina and South Carolina. The aerial survey shortened cell-site recovery to hours compared to potentially days, based on the severity of flooding. The quadcopter used was operated by Measure UAS, which conducted the flights with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization. Flights used a two-person crew that... read more

UAV inspections: Using drones for powerline monitoring in India

October 22, 2016By

Drones could soon be inspecting powerlines in India, thanks to a partnership between Sharper Shape and Sterlite Power. Sharper Shape, based in Palo-Alto, California, offers automated drone-based asset inspections. Sterlite Power is a power transmission company in India. Sharper Shape has already spearheaded the adoption of long-distance commercial drone flights for utilities in Europe. In the U.S., Sharper Shape is... read more