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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

Largest unmanned naval exercise weighs anchor

October 21, 2016By
In the exercise, the Thales Watchkeeper looks seaward, spotting passing ships and feeding data to headquarters vessel  MV Northern River in the Irish Sea. (Photo: Royal Navy)

Unmanned Warrior 2016, the largest exercise for marine unmanned vehicles, is underway in the North Atlantic, off the coast of Scotland. The U.K. Navy hosts the event, and the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research is a key participant. The exercise will test many teamed technologies, including ONR’s lidar package for SeaHunter unmanned aerial vehicle. Researchers will evaluate the ability of... read more

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12 miles to life: Chesapeake Bay flight shows role for UAS in emergencies

October 21, 2016By

The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, along with and Shore Regional Health, conducted on Aug. 24 the state’s first civil unmanned aerial delivery of simulated medical cargo. Engineers from UMD flew a Talon 120LE fixed-wing aircraft across the Chesapeake Bay with saline solution simulating four vials of Epinephrine to demonstrate the key role that UAS... read more

Buckeye Mountain, Trimble bring GPS to railways

October 19, 2016By

Railway technology company Buckeye Mountain and Trimble are working together to provide the railroad industry with advances in GPS solutions such as the Trimble PG200 GNSS receiver. The PG200 is a rugged, lightweight and portable receiver to use in rail and intermodal yards to identify safety zones. It also includes auto tracking on critical assets. Trimble has also been working... read more

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Last day to take jamming poll

October 18, 2016By

The October readers poll asks “Are You Experienced?”  It closes today. Take 30 seconds to give your jamming, spoofing, and/or other RF interference history, and enter a drawing to win $50 gift card. The poll asks — and this is all it asks — Have you directly experienced any of the following? Check all that apply. GPS/GNSS jamming. GPS/GNSS spoofing.... read more

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L-3 completes GPS military code security certification

October 17, 2016By

L-3 Communications has announced that its next-generation military code (M-code) GPS user equipment has successfully completed the final step in a government security certification process. L-3’s M-code GPS features advanced user equipment technology, increasing soldiers’ ability to resist enemy jamming and spoofing and performing significantly better in contested environments. The development and certification of this technology was performed under the Air... read more

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