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‘DevOps’ best practices drive progress on next-gen GPS OCX control system

March 7, 2017By

New tech development approach speeds progress on improved GPS Raytheon’s use of technology development best practices — DevOps — and its completion of a systems engineering milestone are driving progress on the GPS  Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX), according to the contractor. Raytheon has completed its latest major systems engineering milestone for the final software iteration, a marker of the progress achieved... read more

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Dragonfly narrowband IoT unveiled with GNSS option

March 7, 2017By

CEVA Inc., licensor of signal processing IP forconnected devices, and Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute Company Limited (ASTRI) have introduced Dragonfly NB1, a comprehensive cost- and power-optimized NB-IoT solution aimed at streamlining the development of LTE IoT devices. Dragonfly NB1 leverages CEVA’s heritage of low-power DSPs and modem design and ASTRI’s experience in RF and IC Design technologies.... read more

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u-blox and Digicom partner on narrowband IoT products

March 7, 2017By
Digicom's narrowband IoT GPS tracker has u-blox inside.

Chip-maker u-blox is parntering with Digicom, a company that offers a wide range of hardware and software with cellular connectivity, to develop narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) products and solutions. Both companies have carried out a series of innovative and successful field trials of the new NB-IoT technology. The announcement reflects u-blox’s and Digicom’s eagerness to meet pent-up demand for Low Power... read more

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Surveying at the South Pole

March 7, 2017By
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In January, Adam LeWinter and Dave Finnegan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), traveled to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to conduct a terrestrial lidar/thermal infrared survey of the elevated station as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project. They used a Riegl VZ-1000 with integrated InfraTec VarioCAM high-definition thermal camera to... read more

Microdrone to the Rescue: UAVs bring flotation to drowning swimmers

March 6, 2017By
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Microdrones collaborated last summer with the DLRG Horneburg/Altes Land e.V. (German Lifeguard Association) to simulate a mission to rescue a drowning swimmer, demonstrating the life-saving potential of UAVs. Crowds watched from the banks of the Elbe River as a UAV flew to the person in distress and dropped a compact rescue device called RESTUBE, which automatically inflated. The swimmer was... read more

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GLONASS ground station goes live in South Africa

March 6, 2017By
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A GLONASS ground station was officially commissioned in South Africa on Feb. 27. “Assembling and pre-commissioning work was completed on Nov. 25 to set up a measuring station on the premises of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) as part of the agreement signed between Russia’s High-Precision Instrument Systems Company and South Africa’s HartRAO on Oct. 29, 2015,” said the... read more

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BeiDou launch schedule shared

March 6, 2017By

A launch schedule for future BeiDou satellites was reported on a space news discussion board. According to the schedule, the government of China is planning to launch 32 satellites through 2020. The schedule includes nine BeiDou-3 MEO satellites launched this year, and one replacement for a BeiDou-2 satellite, which retires in January 2018. The schedule is below: A PDF of the schedule is... read more

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GPS World editor to moderate innovation panel at Munich Summit

March 6, 2017By
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This year, the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit features an interactive session on the topic “Industry Meets Research: Innovation Drivers and Barriers in SMEs.” Fabio Dovis from Politecnico di Torino will chair the session, and GPS World magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Alan Cameron will moderate the discussion. “Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their innovative ideas are an important factor of... read more

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