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GPS scientist Michael Watkins named next JPL director

May 3, 2016By
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Michael M. Watkins has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced. Watkins is the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and director of the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin. Watkins has written for GPS World about the GRACE project, which uses GPS and a microwave ranging system... read more

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Canadian UAVs partners with Measure for US and Canadian drone services

May 2, 2016By

As part of its effort to deliver cost-effective actionable data to enterprise customers, Measure, a drone operator in the United States, has partnered with Canadian drone company Canadian UAVs. Together, the two companies will use drone technology to provide real-time data analysis to businesses in both the U.S. and Canada. “Measure can now truly offer cross-border drone services,” said Measure CEO Brandon Torres Declet. “As... read more

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Commercial drone services could reach $8.7 billion annually by 2025

May 2, 2016By

According to a new report from Tractica, by the end of the next decade, annual revenue from drone-enabled services will be more than double the revenue from sales of commercial drone hardware units themselves. The market intelligence firm forecasts that global commercial unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) services revenue will grow from $170 million in 2015 to $8.7 billion by 2025. UAVs... read more

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Echodyne offers detect and avoid radar for small UAS

May 2, 2016By
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Echodyne today announced the development of MESA-DAA, an Airborne Detect and Avoid (DAA) radar for small to medium-sized unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Echodyne made the announcement at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016 trade show and conference. The small, lightweight and low power DAA radar will operate at K-band and be capable of rapidly scanning a broad field of view in azimuth and elevation... read more

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Live from AUVSI’s Xponential 2016

May 2, 2016By
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The GPS World and Geospatial Solutions staff is reporting live from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International‘s (AUVSI’s) Xponential 2016 May 2-5 in New Orleans. The event convenes the global community of commercial and defense leaders in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems. More than 8,000 industry leaders and professionals from more than 55 countries are discussing the latest innovations in... read more

Arcturus VTOL UAS deployed with the Mexican Navy

May 2, 2016By
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Arcturus UAV reports the Mexican Navy has deployed its T-20 Jump fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico. The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March. The announcement was made at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016. The T-20 Jump is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV’s catapult launched T-20 platform. It operates without any special... read more

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AT&T Fleet Complete goes to Google Maps

May 1, 2016By

AT&T’s Fleet Complete, a North American provider of fleet telematics and mobile workforce technology, has upgraded its browser-based mapping to Google Maps. Fleet Complete with Google Maps includes the ability to visualize real-time asset locations and deliver pertinent vehicle data such as speed, idle time and start/stop times. The addition of Google Maps allows businesses to track vehicles, assets and... read more

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SpaceX awarded GPS III satellite launch contract

April 29, 2016By
A SpaceX Falcon 9 stands ready for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The Air Force awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services to SpaceX.

The U.S. Air Force has awarded SpaceX the first competitively sourced National Security Space (NSS) launch services contract in more than a decade. Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) was awarded a contract for GPS III Launch Services. This is a firm-fixed price, standalone contract with a total value of $82,700,000. SpaceX will provide the government with a total launch solution for the... read more

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