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FAA Selects Mississippi State as Center of Excellence for UAS

May 8, 2015By

After a rigorous competition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a Mississippi State University team as the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading... read more

ESA Aims to Map Sea Surfaces with GNSS Radio Occultation

May 8, 2015By
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A new concept that involves mounting an instrument on the International Space Station and taking advantage of signals from navigation satellites could provide measurements of sea-surface height and information about features related to ocean currents, benefiting science and ocean forecasting. read more

Satnav Augmentation Systems Settle on Common Channels Post-2020

May 7, 2015By
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The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group endorsed the "message definition" for a new secondary SBAS channel — to be known as L5, along with the current L1 — for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilize dual-frequency multi-constellation signals. read more

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Hemisphere GNSS Releases Next-Generation GNSS RTK Engine

May 7, 2015By

Hemisphere GNSS has released Athena, its next-generation GNSS engine. Offering significantly enhanced performance, Athena provides Hemisphere with a new, future-oriented foundation providing strong performance, flexibility and reliability, according to the company. Athena has yielded outstanding performed in virtually every environment where high-accuracy GNSS receivers can be used, the company stated. Hemisphere customers have tested Athena’s performance in long baseline, in open-sky environments, under... read more

Sky-Watch Partners with General Dynamics on UAVs for Defense

May 6, 2015By
Artist's concept of the Airborne Swarm Protection Shield by General Dynamics European Land Systems and Sky-Watch.

General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has signed a Memorandum of Interest (MOI) with Danish UAV company Sky-Watch in Støvring, which allows the two companies to explore potential areas of cooperation within next-generation applications of UAV technology in the battlefield. “Sky-Watch is constantly striving to be at the forefront of the rapidly developing UAV technology,” said Michael Messerschmidt, Sky-Watch chief... read more

Trimble’s New OEM Module Combines GNSS with MEMS Inertial

May 6, 2015By
Trimble BD935-INS module.

Trimble has introduced the Trimble BD935-INS module that features precision GNSS with an integrated 3-D Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) inertial sensor package. As part of Trimble’s GNSS OEM portfolio, the new compact module augments real-time precise positioning with 3-D orientation. The BD935-INS module’s simple connectivity and configuration capabilities allow system integrators and OEMs to easily add GNSS and attitude to specialized... read more

AUVSI Announces Rebrand of Annual Trade Show

May 6, 2015By
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Annual Conference Renamed Xponential to Reflect Innovative and Expanding Industry   The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) today announced the rebranding and evolution of its premier global industry event for unmanned systems, drones and robotics, the AUVSI Unmanned Systems show, taking place this week in Atlanta, Ga. With nearly 600 exhibitors and 8,000 attendees, AUVSI’s event attracts leaders in all... read more

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Model Plane Fliers to Get Real-Time, Location-Based Flight Safety Info

May 6, 2015By
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Today’s second announcement of a new UAV-related initiative by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was directed at private citizens: model airplane enthusiasts and hobbyists, also called modelers — not at industry or commercial use. See this story for information on the Pathfinder program for commercial drone use. A soon-to-be released smartphone app will proved users with real-time information on flight... read more

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