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AOGS Conference seeks abstract submissions

February 8, 2016By

The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 2016 conference will be held in Beijing on July 31-Aug. 5. Abstract submissions are being accepted until Feb. 19. In particular, organizers are looking for papers for a session on GNSS positioning and atmospheric sounding. AOGS was established in 2003 to promote geosciences and its application for the benefit of humanity, specifically in Asia and Oceania and with... read more

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Excavator system has local positioning capabilities

February 8, 2016By
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Topcon Positioning Group has released a new excavator system with local positioning system (LPS) capabilities. The X-53i LPS is designed to provide a solution for machine-controlled excavation in sky-obstructed areas. “The system is perfect for projects such as tunnel construction or working within existing structures using a total station and prism for precision,” said Kris Mass, director of construction product... read more

Handheld Algiz 10x/software combo helps manage burial sites

February 8, 2016By
Map of trees measured by the Geolantis-Handheld System along with other information.

In the Woodland cemetery Carinthia (Friedensforst Kärnten), Austria, trees are precisely measured with the rugged Algiz 10X tablet PC and a GNSS/GPS rover. Handheld Group is making its rugged Algiz 10x tablet computer available with Geolantis surveying software and a GNSS/GPS Rover as a solution for precisely locating burial sites in for woodland cemeteries. In woodland cemeteries, people purchase a small plot to... read more

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Northrop Grumman awarded contract for GPS modernization

February 8, 2016By

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded an order to support embedded GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) Pre-Phase 1 modernization efforts. The Military GPS User Equipment (MGUE) program is developing M-code-capable GPS receivers, which are mandated by Congress after fiscal year 2017 and will help to ensure the secure transmission of accurate military signals. Under the cost-plus-fixed-fee order valued at $4.8 million... read more

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Trimble, Mapshots integrate agriculture software

February 8, 2016By
Connected Farm software. (Illustration: Trimble)

MapShots and Trimble have integrated MapShots AgStudio software platform with Trimble’s Connected Farm. AgStudio can now read as-applied maps and production data from Connected Farm. Previously, AgStudio software users could only read harvest data from Connected Farm. Users with current subscriptions to AgStudio software are able to communicate seamlessly with Trimble field devices and wirelessly transfer field data, as-applied maps and production data... read more

GM, Volkswagen to use Mobileye auto mapping technology

February 8, 2016By

Mobileye, a developer of vision and data analysis for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving, has introduced a new mapping technology development called Road Experience Management (REM). REM enables crowd-sourced real-time data for precise localization and high-definition lane data that forms an important layer of information to support fully autonomous driving. Mobileye is engaged with General Motors to integrate... read more

Russia launches GLONASS-M 51 into orbit

February 8, 2016By
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A GLONASS-M satellite was launched into orbit on Feb. 7 at 03:21 Moscow time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome spaceport, reports the Russian space agency Roscosmos.  The Russian Defense Ministry successfully launched GLONASS-M 51 (known as 751 in orbit) aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage. Three and a half hours after lift-off, the satellite separated from the upper stage and ground control established communications with it. The... read more

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Air Force successfully launches GPS IIF-12 satellite

February 8, 2016By
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-12 mission lifted off from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral. (Photo: ULA)

The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 8:38 a.m. EST (5:38 a.m. PST) on Feb. 5. “Today’s launch is a significant achievement in the history of GPS, as we launch the last of... read more