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Shipping container tracking on verge of big increase

August 31, 2016By
The 18,000-container-capacity CMA CGM Kuergelen. (Photo: CMA CGM)

Big Changes from a Tiny Tracker The container shipping industry uses between 20–25 million containers, only a small number of which are tracked. A company called Traxens is on the verge of changing that. In July, the Switzerland-based Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) joined worldwide container shipping company CMA CGM to invest in the French start-up. Under the deal, both CMA... read more

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Carlson releases BRx6 GNSS receiver for surveyors

August 31, 2016By
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Carlson Software has released the Carlson BRx6, a multi-GNSS, multi-frequency receiver. Each BRx6 contains a multi-constellation, multi-band 372-channel GNSS receiver, Athena RTK technology and an integrated Atlas L-band receiver. In addition, the BRx6 contains electronic sensors that measure tilt, direction (electronic compass) and acceleration, supporting Carlson SurvCE’s advanced features such as LDL (live digital level or e-bubble), leveling tolerance, auto by level, tilted-pole... read more

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New FAA rules for small unmanned aircraft now in effect

August 29, 2016By
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The first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems, announced June 21, officially take effect today. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These new rules are our latest step toward transforming aviation and society with this... read more

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Public meeting set for Navstar GPS documents

August 29, 2016By

The U.S. Air Force is holding a 2016 Public Interface Control Working Group and Open Forum for the Navstar GPS public documents Sept. 21-22 in El Segundo, California. The meeting is intended to update the public on GPS public document revisions and collect issues and comments for analysis and possible integration into future Navstar revisions. The forum will be held for the following documents:... read more

Satlab Geosolutions’ RTK Handheld uses tablet or phone as display

August 29, 2016By

Swedish-based survey and GIS equipment maker Satlab Geosolutions is offering a multi-purpose handheld that sends centimeter-level NMEA position data to the user’s tablet or smartphone. The SLC RTK handheld brings professional high-precision positioning in a new design concept with Bluetooth connectivity for Android, Windows and iOS Bluetooth low-energy (BLE) smart devices, according to the company. Alternatively, it can be used as a fixed sensor for... read more

Lockheed precision-guided munitions tests successful

August 26, 2016By
Dual Mode Plus uses inertial guidance with GPS updates to shape flight path for target engagement at desired impact heading and dive angle. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin’s new Dual Mode Plus laser guided bomb (LGB) successfully completed two recent flight tests at the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division in China Lake, California. The tests demonstrated operation of the new linear optics, GPS/inertial navigation system (INS) guidance subsystem and the control actuation system, meeting all mission objectives. Released from an F/A-18 Super Hornet, the two... read more

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FAA clarifies changes before small drone rule takes effect

August 26, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) new small drone rule — formally known as Part 107 — is effective on Monday, Aug. 29. The FAA has released information to help drone users understand the new requirements. Below is information on Part 107’s effect on Section 333 waivers, along with how to obtain a Part 107 waiver. Section 333 vs. Part 107: What works for you? The... read more

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Sensonor supplies IMUs for NASA’s Raven and asteroid Scout

August 26, 2016By
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Sensonor AS is partnering with NASA to supply current and future low- and near-Earth orbit space missions with inertial and gyroscope modules. The Norway-based company first began supplying its standard inertial measurement unit (IMU) and gyroscope modules for low Earth orbit (LEO) space applications in 2012, beginning with the launch of the NASA-sponsored AeroCube-4 satellite. Sensonor’s STIM300 and STIM210 inertial products are now... read more