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NASA Seeks GNSS Remote Sensing Innovations

December 15, 2014By

NASA is soliciting research on remote sensing techniques that use GNSS for studying the Earth’s environment. Specifically, the announcement says NASA “seeks innovative approaches to the development of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) remote sensing techniques and algorithms to study the Earth’s environment from the ionosphere to Earth’s interior.” The announcement says NASA is seeking to emphasize the use of reflected... read more

ION Opens Registration for Pacific PNT Conference

December 15, 2014By

Registration is now open for the Institute of Navigation (ION) Pacific PNT 2015, set for April 20-23 at the Marriott Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii. Pacific PNT’s theme is “Where East Meets West in the Global Cooperative Development of Positioning, Navigation and Timing Technology.” The conference brings together policy and technical leaders from Japan, Singapore, China, South Korea, Australia, the United States... read more

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GLONASS-K1 to Replace an Existing GLONASS-M in Six Months

December 15, 2014By

News courtesy of CANSPACE Listserv. According to the December 10 issue of Sibirskii Sputnik (Siberian Satellite), the internal newspaper of ISS Reshetnev, the GLONASS-K1 No. 12 satellite (GLONASS 702K) will be brought into service after a six-month test period and replace an existing GLONASS-M satellite, which will subsequently become a reserve satellite. In news reported by the Russian magazine Vestnik GLONASS, Information... read more

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GSA Kicks Off EGNOS GEO Transponder Service Contracts

December 15, 2014By

On November 25, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off the contracts for two new EGNOS GEO transponder services provided by SES. The kick-off was done with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EGNOS service provider ESSP. Initially awarded and signed by the European Commission, in line with a new delegation agreement  between the commission and... read more

Aussies Consider GPS for Tracking Footballs — Is NFL Next?

December 11, 2014By

An Australian company is proposing putting GPS tracking devices in footballs as early as 2015, according to a report by News Corp Australia. Both the National Rugby League (NRL) and the Australian Football League (AFL) are considering using the trackers in footballs as early as next year. The AFL and several National Football League (NFL) teams in the United States already... read more

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FAA Grants UAS Exemption to Trimble Navigation

December 10, 2014By
The Trimble UX5 surveys a construction site.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology, including Trimble Navigation Ltd. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. “Unmanned aircraft... read more

OriginGPS Nano Module Powers Tiny Zano Drone

December 9, 2014By
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What flies, takes selfies and fits in the palm of your hand? The tiny Zano drone. Zano is a portable aerial photography and video platform designed for consumers that measures 65 x 65 millimeters and weighs 55 grams. Torquing Group, who is developing Zano with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, said that Zano’s ability to fly autonomously will provide new possibilities for users seeking to capture images... read more

u-blox Inside Explosion-Proof Smartphone

December 9, 2014By
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Bartec Pixavi has launched the “Impact X intrinsically safe smartphone” based on u-blox’ rugged 3G cellular module technology designed for devices used in tough industrial and outdoor environments. Bartec Pixavi is a manufacturer of mobile devices used in hazardous or explosive environments such as oil platforms, mines and chemical plants. “Our Impact X smartphone is designed with the most robust, reliable and safe components available to... read more