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US Coast Guard approves electronic navigation charts

March 8, 2016By

The U.S. Coast Guard has published guidance that allows mariners to use electronic charts and publications instead of paper charts, maps and publications. “After consultation with our Navigation Safety Advisory Committee, the Coast Guard will allow mariners to use official electronic charts instead of paper charts, if they choose to do so,” said Capt. Scott J. Smith, the chief of... read more

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International Navigation Conference seeks papers for 2 tracks

March 8, 2016By

The Royal Institute of Navigation is seeking papers for International Navigation Conference 2016 (INC 16), which will be held Nov. 8-10 in Glasgow, Scotland. INC 16 will address cutting-edge issues in positioning, navigation and timing. Of global importance, INC 16 will feature the latest developments in topics such as GNSS, indoor positioning, autonomous transport, security against cyber attack, resilience and quantum technology.... read more

ESNC winner Sensolus keeps Antarctic scientists safe

March 7, 2016By
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Scientists will now wear safety trackers from a Belgium start-up company while working in Antarctica. Antarctica is the coldest, windiest and harshest location on Earth. Temperatures can reach –90°C during winter and go down to –20ºC during summer. Winds can reach 250 km/h and visibility can sink to almost zero during whiteouts. With the potential for rapid changes in weather, all outdoor activities must... read more

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Retrofitted Predator succeeds in long-winged flight

March 7, 2016By
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully flown the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (ER) Long Wing craft. The long-wing Predator is retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings, greater internal fuel capacity and additional hard points for carrying external stores. The flight took place Feb. 18 at GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Test Facility in Palmdale, Calif., on a test aircraft. GA-ASI is a a... read more

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Microsemi broadens grand master timing options for network edge deployments

March 7, 2016By
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Microsemi Corporation, a provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance, has added two products to its IGM (Integrated Grand Master) product portfolio, the IGM-1100o (outdoor version) and the IGM-1100x (support external antennas), as well as capacity enhancements to its IGM-1100i (indoor version). The offerings broaden outdoor and indoor deployment options for mobile network operators when a cost-effective, precise timing... read more

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Trimble multi-GNSS timing antenna allows for BeiDou, Galileo

March 7, 2016By

Trimble has introduced its latest smart antenna with an integrated multi-GNSS receiver for high accuracy and precise timing applications. The Acutime 360 smart antenna provides a pulse-per-second (PPS) output synchronized to UTC within 15 nanoseconds (one sigma). The Acutime 360 is the latest in the Acutime line of products, which have been deployed in the field for more than 20 years. With... read more

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ION GNSS+ 2016 abstracts due March 10

March 7, 2016By

Abstracts for ION GNSS+ 2016 are due Thursday, March 10. ION GNSS+ 2016 is the 29th International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of the Institute of Navigation. The theme of this year’s conference is “GNSS + Other Sensors in Today’s Marketplace.” The conference will take place Sept. 12-16 (tutorials Sept. 12-13) at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon. ION GNSS+ 2016... read more

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Inspector Gadget: Drones could solve gas-leak detection issue

March 5, 2016By
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A methane leak at a Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) storage facility has shone a spotlight on how unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to inspect utilities. The massive three-month leak — temporarily plugged on Feb. 12 — chased thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes. read more

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