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Kuwait high-rise goes up with assist from BeiDou

May 9, 2016By
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CORS station tracks China’s constellation over three frequencies. Headquarters for the National Bank of Kuwait, a new 300-meter-tall building under construction, combines concrete, steel, glazing and glass-reinforced concrete in a unique shellfish shape. The engineering challenges behind this building led the engineers of Ahmadiah Company, the contractor, to use GNSS technology to install the core wall structure with millimeter accuracy.... read more

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GSA: 40 percent of GNSS receivers are Galileo-ready

May 9, 2016By
Figure 2. Supported constellation by receivers, all segments.

60 percent support two or more constellations Chipset and receiver manufacturers are already equipping their devices with multi-constellation capabilities, including Galileo, and taking advantage of available services, according to a new analysis by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The study examines the global top 31 companies and reviews publicly available technical documentation on their product portfolios, for more than 300... read more

Trimble offers GNSS module for system integrators

May 9, 2016By
MB-Two module by Trimble.

Trimble has introduced the MB-Two GNSS module, which delivers highly accurate GNSS-based heading plus pitch or roll in an advanced industry standard form-factor for system integrators. The module’s embedded Z-Blade GNSS technology uses all available dual-frequency GNSS signals equally, without any constellation preference, to deliver fast and stable centimeter-accurate position and heading information, the company said. The MB-Two is designed... read more

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First EGNOS LPV-200 approach implemented at Charles de Gaulle Airport

May 4, 2016By
The first LPV-200 approach in Europe took place May 3 at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

On May 3, the first LPV-200 approaches were implemented at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (LFPG) — the first such approaches to be implemented in Europe. The milestone follows publication of the EGNOS-based procedures on April 28, according to the European GNSS Agency (GSA), which manages EGNOS on behalf of the European Commission. LPV-200 enables aircraft approach procedures that are operationally equivalent to a... read more

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Harris offers comprehensive solution for drone safety

May 4, 2016By
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Harris Corporation has introduced a comprehensive solution to increase the safety of drones and other commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying at low altitudes in the U.S. The announcement was made during Xponential 2016 being held May 2-5 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Harris’ ADS-B Xtend service provides critical surveillance information to help UAS operators and airspace... read more

Insitu and PrecisionHawk form commercial drone alliance

May 4, 2016By
Insitu and BNSF officials launch ScanEagle for the historic first flight. (Photo: Insitu Inc.)

Insitu and PrecisionHawk have formed a strategic alliance to provide UAS solutions that help commercial enterprises achieve safe unmanned flight for extended and beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations. Insitu is a provider of information and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for commercial, civil and military operations, and PrecisionHawk is an aerial data provider. Both companies are exhibiting at this week’s AUVSI Xponential 2016 show in New Orleans. The alliance also leverages the extensive... read more

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Papers sought for IGNSS conference in Sydney

May 4, 2016By

The call for papers is now open for IGNSS 2016, set for Dec. 6-8 in Sydney, Australia. Closing date for abstract submission is July 4; and the final date for the submission of papers requiring peer review is Sept. 26. The International GNSS Society (IGNSS) runs the Southeast Asian region’s premier conference on GNSS and related position, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies. It will bring together... read more

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FAA establishing advisory committee on UAV integration

May 4, 2016By

Speaking today at Xponential, the AUVSI annual conference in New Orleans, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta announced the agency is establishing a broad-based advisory committee that will provide advice on key unmanned aircraft integration issues. He also announced plans to make it easier for students to fly unmanned aircraft as part of their coursework. Huerta said the drone advisory committee is an... read more

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