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CartoPac 5.0 Optimized for Windows 8 to Manage Data in the Field

September 2, 2014By

CartoPac International Inc. has announced a major new release of the CartoPac Mobile Platform. CartoPac 5.0 extends the mobile platform with support for Windows 8 and introduces the CartoPac Workflow Manager, which provides a structured process to manage the use of geospatial data across the enterprise. CartoPac will demonstrate the applications and technologies of Version 5.0 in the free CartoPac Mobility... read more

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Topcon GPS Tech Used to Create National Mall ‘Facescape’

August 28, 2014By
The facescape will be built along the Reflecting Pool on the National Mall.

Topcon Positioning Group’s technology and assistance will be used to create a large-scale landscape portrait planned for the National Mall. Artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada has been commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to create a six-acre portrait that will be a composite of several different faces. The project, titled “Out of Many, One,” will use high-precision GPS survey technology from Topcon... read more

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GPS Helps Solve Mystery of Sliding Rocks

August 28, 2014By
Rarely formed sheets of ice push rocks across a dry lake in Death Valley.

In Racetrack Playa in Death Valley, California, hundreds of rocks — some weighing as much as 700 pounds — seem to have been dragged across the ground, leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters. Though many phenomena were speculated (hurricane-force winds, dust devils, slick algal films, thick sheets of ice), no one knew what caused the movement. To solve the mystery,... read more

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GPS Network Shows Drought in the U.S. West

August 27, 2014By
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A network of GPS stations in the western United States is revealing the severity of the drought in that region. Compared to the nine years before the drought, the GPS data show that the western United States has lost 240 gigatons of water, which is enough to flood the entire region in 10 centimeters of water. Investigating ground positioning data from... read more

Trimble Offers GNSS Reference Receiver, Seismic Recorder

August 25, 2014By
The Trimble SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system.

Trimble has introduced an integrated GNSS reference receiver, broadband seismic recorder and a force-balance triaxial accelerometer for infrastructure and precise scientific applications. The Trimble SG160-09 SeismoGeodetic system provides real-time GNSS positioning and seismic data for earthquake early warning and volcano monitoring as well as infrastructure monitoring for buildings, bridges, dams, as well as other natural and manmade structures. The announcement was made at... read more

Inquiry Commission Appointed Following Galileo Anomaly

August 25, 2014By
The medium-lift workhorse ha been raised into a vertical orientation as the mobile gantry  is moved into position.

Following the major anomaly that occurred on August 22 during the Soyuz ST mission carrying two satellites in the Galileo constellation, Arianespace announced today, in conjunction with the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission, the appointment of an independent inquiry commission. The commission is chaired by Peter Dubock, former ESA Inspector General. Its mandate is to establish the circumstances of the anomaly, to... read more

Galileo Satellites Not in Expected Orbit

August 25, 2014By
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After the separation of the two Galileo satellites launched August 22, ongoing analysis of the data provided by the telemetry stations operated by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the French space agency CNES showed that the satellites were not in the expected orbit. According to the initial analyses, an anomaly is thought to have occurred during the flight phase... read more

Arianespace, ESA Sign Contract for New Galileo Launches

August 22, 2014By
The contract for Arianespace’s three Ariane 5 launches to orbit a total of 12 Galileo FOC satellites was signed at the Guiana Space Center by Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël (seated, at left) and Didier Faivre, ESA director of the Galileo Program and Navigation-related Activities. Joining them were ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain and Daniel Calleja Crespo, director general for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission.

Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA), acting on behalf of the European Commission, have signed a contract for three launch services with Ariane 5 ES to step up deployment of Galileo satellites. With this new launch contract and thanks to the performance of Ariane 5 ES, a total of 12 Galileo FOC (Full Operational Capability) satellites will be launched... read more