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FAA’s UAS Test Sites Receive Blanket Authorizations

May 28, 2015By

The nation’s six unmanned aircraft system test sites now have blanket authorizations to fly drones and no longer have to seek authorizations for each type of aircraft flown, according to new Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The new regulations streamline the approval process for UAS research by the test sites. They also allow those with only a recreational- or sport-pilot certificate to... read more

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Hyundai Launches Android Auto in New Car Models

May 28, 2015By
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Hyundai has become the first car company to launch Android Auto on production vehicles. Android Auto is premiering on the 2015 Sonata with Navigation at dealerships nationwide, and will later become available on other Hyundai models. “Android Auto aligns with Hyundai’s core interior design principles of safety, intuitiveness and simplicity,” said Dave Zuchowski, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We launched... read more

SpaceX Falcon 9 Certified for GPS Launches

May 28, 2015By
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The U.S. Air Force has certified SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket to launch military satellites, clearing the way for SpaceX to bid on launches of GPS III satellites. The Air Force announced the decision May 26, which completed a nearly two-year process and establishes a competitor to United Launch Alliance. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is now eligible for award of qualified national security... read more

DeepOcean Hires Fugro for Fleet Positioning

May 28, 2015By
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Fugro has been awarded a contract by subsea contractor DeepOcean for the provision of precise satellite positioning for its fleet. The contract is valid for three years and also includes the new vessels in DeepOcean’s expanding fleet. The DeepOcean fleet will be equipped with hardware and software developed by Fugro, providing independent positioning solutions on each vessel. Under the contract, Fugro will... read more

MachineryGuide Offers Smartphone Guidance for Agriculture

May 28, 2015By
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MachineryGuide is a new GPS guidance system for Android that gives farmers the ability to use their smartphones for precision guidance. With the help of MachineryGuide, the cultivated area and overlaps can be displayed. The guidance application helps farmers in edging along the ideal track by gearing to straight reference lines. With the application and an antenna from MachineryGuide, farmers can... read more

Airbus Defence and Space Joins ESA BIC Bavaria as New Partner

May 27, 2015By

ESA BIC Bavaria, part of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre (BIC) program, is poised to expand its presence in the aerospace hotbed Bavaria with the opening of another branch office in Ottobrunn near Munich. The Bavarian state government — itself a longstanding ESA BIC partner and supporter — also hailed the program’s new partnership with Airbus Defence and Space... read more

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Federal Radionavigation Plan Touches on NDGPS, eLoran

May 27, 2015By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv The 2014 Federal Radionavigation Plan, just released from the U.S. Department of Transportation, touches on funding for the Nationwide Differential GPS and the use of eLoran as a precision timing alternative. The plan is signed by the Secretaries of Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security, and released by the DOT Office of the Assistant Secretary for... read more

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NovAtel Offers Marine Antenna that Blocks Inmarsat Interference

May 26, 2015By
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NovAtel Inc. has introduced the GPS-713 pinwheel antenna, available in two configurations: the standard GPS-713-GGG-N and the L-Band capable GPS-713-GGGL-N.  Both antennas provide enhanced Inmarsat interference rejection, allowing tracking of GNSS signals in the presence of high-powered Inmarsat transmitters typically found on marine vessels. The antennas receive GPS L1, L2, L5; GLONASS L1, L2, L3; BeiDou B1, B2; and Galileo E1, E5a/b... read more

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