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Putting UAVs to work in construction

May 16, 2016By

Diversified Communications has published a free report, “Putting UAVs to Work in Construction.” Drones are making construction projects vastly more efficient and more safe, according to a media release from Diversified Communications. “While the benefits of UAV technology are clear, knowing what information to capture isn’t always obvious. Then there are the legislative challenges. This report addresses these topics, and... read more

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Mayflower awarded defense MGUE contract for GPS receiver modernization

May 16, 2016By
The Mayflower NavAssure 125a GPS receiver.

Mayflower Communications Company Inc. will develop a small security-certifiable GPS module for the United States Air Force’s Modernized GPS User Equipment (MGUE) Program. Mayflower was awarded a Phase III SGUE (Small GPS User Equipment) contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory sponsored by the Space and Missile Systems Center/GPS Directorate (SMC/GPSD). Under the contract, the company will develop a small SWaP (Size,... read more

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UAV reaches new heights in Tibet

May 13, 2016By

In the Himalayas, MAVinci GmbH has operated a Sirius Pro unmanned aircraft system (UAS) at an altitude of 4,800 meters above sea level (ASL). “Take-off altitude was 4,150 meters ASL. The flight was performed at BaSu County, ChangDu, Tibet,” the company shared in an email. “This is a new altitude record for us! Thank you to everyone who supported this... read more

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Falcon Unmanned CEO to speak at GPS World UAV webinar

May 12, 2016By

A fourth speaker has joined the line-up of experts in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) who will share their know-how in UAV design and applications in a free GPS World webinar May 19. Chris Miser, CEO and owner of Falcon Unmanned, will discuss a topic important to all of our readers: the practical considerations to integrate a professional GNSS receiver on a drone. The free webinar will take... read more

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CHC launches high-end GNSS receiver for science, surveying

May 12, 2016By

CHC has launched its new N72 GNSS series, a high-end sensor designed for GNSS applications including offshore surveys and machine control, national geodetic networks, crustal deformation monitoring and bathymetry The N72 GNSS series is designed to offer all necessary technical features, making it one of the most complete and reliable GNSS receivers for scientific and surveying industries professionals. “To meet the market... read more

UAV achieves full-speed autonomous landing

May 11, 2016By
In the most critical phase of the landing maneuver, the UAV flight control system must compensate for the accelerated air flow above the ground vehicle. (Photo: DLR)

Moving at 75 kilometers an hour (47 mph) an unmanned, electric, autonomous aircraft settled gently on the roof of a moving car. Scientists from the German Aerospace Center (DLR) Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics combined robotics and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to develop a system where a fixed-wing aircraft automatically lands on a moving ground vehicle. The DLR system is... read more

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TU-Automotive Detroit agenda, speakers revealed

May 11, 2016By

Penton’s TU-Automotive has unveiled the agenda and speaker line-up for TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, which is being held June 8-9 in Novi, Michigan. The 16th annual conference and exhibition is dedicated to innovation in automotive technology, covering connected cars, autonomy and mobility. At TU-Automotive Detroit 2016, the city’s automakers — Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — will join international... read more

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Connected vehicles: Road-ready yet?

May 10, 2016By
Figure 2. Renesas ADAS development platform.

By Chaminda Basnayake RENESAS Electronics America Inc. Recent progress with Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) brings connected cars or V2X — connectivity between vehicles, infrastructure and all road users — closer to reality than ever before. If all goes well, an NHTSA mandate on DSRC in new light vehicles is expected to start around 2020... read more