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FAA doubles ‘blanket’ altitude for many UAS flights

March 29, 2016By
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After a comprehensive risk analysis, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has raised the unmanned aircraft (UAS) “blanket” altitude authorization for Section 333 exemption holders and government aircraft operators to 400 feet. Previously, the agency had put in place a nationwide Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for such flights up to 200 feet. The new COA policy allows small... read more

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Keep your distance: Relative position key to industrial jobs

March 28, 2016By
Airborne Ranger (top left) continuously monitors the distance between itself and the silo, transmitting the separation to pilot and payload operator (foreground).

Operating in industrial environments, where no margin for error is tolerated, is complex, stressful and delicate. The distance from an in-flight UAV to the industrial asset that it is observing or inspecting obviously has critical importance for safety, data precision and cost-effectiveness. The AiRobot Ranger counters this problem by displaying the distance between the UAV and the object of interest... read more

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The need to clarify Galileo’s legal basis of time

March 28, 2016By
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One new potential wrinkle for Galileo was hinted at during the Munich Satellive Navigation Summit session in March on legal issues around GNSS timing. A recent GPS timing issue caused numerous problems for digital broadcasters and financial networks around the world on Jan. 26, when a data upload went slightly awry. This introduced a 13.7 millisecond error in one of... read more

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US congressmen seek delay to NDGPS closings

March 25, 2016By
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Four U.S. congressman sent a letter to the Department of Transportation asking the DoT to delay shutting down Nationwide Differential GPS (NDGPS) sites, a proposal that was posted in the Federal Register. The congressmen are asking for a delay until the “administration has decided upon and implemented a resilient national positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) architecture.” Read the full text of... read more

iXBlue offers new inertial positioning systems for offshore, ROVs

March 24, 2016By
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iXBlue is offering its customers the opportunity to upgrade their fourth-generation Octans positioning reference system to the fifth-generation system. The fourth-generation Octans was manufactured beginning in January 2014. read more

Veripos extends Apex service, offers Quantum software

March 24, 2016By

Veripos, a global supplier of high-precision GNSS positioning services to the offshore oil and gas industries, has extended its ranges of proprietary software with the introduction of Quantum, a new, all-purpose suite of visualization modules providing a state-of-the-art user interface to support next-generation services and features. Designed to operate with all current Veripos positioning options including its latest Apex5 multi-constellation... read more

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PLK chooses Telit’s GNSS module for automotive navigation

March 24, 2016By

PLK Technology has selected Telit’s SL869-V2 GNSS IoT (Internet of Things) module to deliver positioning functionality for Optian, a new product combining the features of an Advanced Driver Assistant System (ADAS) and a high-end automotive black box. Telit’s SL869-V2 is a subminiature multi-satellite receiver module that can be installed in vehicles, industrial, wearable and portable digital devices. It delivers a... read more

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FAA forecasts sustained growth for UAS

March 24, 2016By

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has released its annual Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2016 to 2036, which finds a sustained increase in the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as well as overall air travel. A key portion of the forecast focuses on projections for the growth in the use of unmanned aircraft, also known as drones. The FAA estimates small,... read more

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