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u-blox Inside Explosion-Proof Smartphone

December 9, 2014By
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Bartec Pixavi has launched the “Impact X intrinsically safe smartphone” based on u-blox’ rugged 3G cellular module technology designed for devices used in tough industrial and outdoor environments. Bartec Pixavi is a manufacturer of mobile devices used in hazardous or explosive environments such as oil platforms, mines and chemical plants. “Our Impact X smartphone is designed with the most robust, reliable and safe components available to... read more

Amazon to FAA: Loosen Laws or Moving Research Abroad

December 9, 2014By

Amazon.com is warning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it will move its drone research abroad if it doesn’t get permission soon to test-fly in the United States, reports The Wall Street Journal. Amazon has already begun researching drone flights in the United Kingdom. “Without the ability to test outdoors in the United States soon, we will have no choice but to... read more

Leica’s GNSS Unlimited Allows Upgrades for Reference Receivers

December 8, 2014By
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Leica Geosystems has extended its Spider product family with the new GNSS Unlimited for the Leica GR10 and GR25 GNSS receiver series, allowing receivers to be upgraded to the latest technology standards at any time. Both receivers are designed for Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) infrastructure and monitoring applications, supporting GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and QZSS. Also, the classic Leica... read more

Directions 2015: What It Takes to Make a Gold Standard

December 1, 2014By
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Last year in my “Directions” article, I emphasized the commitment made by the U.S. government to ensure GPS signals are available to all users, and I shared some of our excitement in the GPS Directorate regarding the modernized capabilities we are developing and fielding. This year I’d like to share with you progress we’ve made in the past 12 months, provide an update on the modernization initiatives, and challenge civil users and receiver companies to innovate and accelerate these modernized capabilities for users worldwide. read more

GLONASS-K1 Satellite Launched Nov. 30

December 1, 2014By
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News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. The second of two GLONASS-K1 satellites was launched from the snowy Plesetsk Cosmodrome on November 30 at 21:52 UTC. It joins the first GLONASS-K1 satellite launched on February 26, 2011. According to the Roscosmos Information-Analytical Centre, the satellite, with serial number 12, is to be known by its in-orbit name of GLONASS 702. It is... read more

Orbit of One Wayward Galileo Satellite Raised

December 1, 2014By
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The orbit of one of the two Galileo satellites launched into incorrect orbits on August 22 is being adjusted. Tracking data supplied by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and the U.S. Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) has confirmed the change. Also, the first navigation signal from Galileo 5 has been received. The satellites were supposed to go into... read more

Drone Prohibition: NTSB Rules Favorably on FAA Appeal

December 1, 2014By

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of the Federal Aviation Administration’s prohibition of their careless or reckless use. The NTSB affirmed the agency’s position that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) meet the legal definition of “aircraft,” and that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft... read more

New Global Military Market Report Published

November 24, 2014By

Research and Markets has added the report “The Global Military GPS/GNSS Market 2013-2023″ to its offerings. Satellite navigation has been at the forefront of technological developments. GPS, the most efficient and widely used satellite navigation system, is in the process of being upgraded by the technologically advanced satellites called GPS III. Once manufactured only by the U.S., satellite navigation systems are now being developed... read more

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