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Agriculture robots market projected to reach US$5.7 billion by 2024

January 20, 2017By

The agriculture robots market is projected to reach US$5.7 billion by 2024, according to a report by Transparency Market Research (TMR). The diverse nature of the competitive landscape in the global agriculture robots market presents a number of prominent players for each of its key regions, TMR analysts said. PrecisionHawk Inc., Clearpath Robotics and Harvest Automations Inc. were the leaders of the... read more

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Galileo clock anomalies under investigation

January 19, 2017By

The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a press release addressing the Galileo clock failures reported Jan. 18. GPS World Innovation editor Richard Langley provided the following summary of the satellites and clocks involved, based on information we have received to date. 5 satellites affected: 3 IOVs, 2 FOCs Total of 10 failures; 1 fixed; so 9 continuing failures 5 masers... read more

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Clocks fail on some Galileo satellites, backups working

January 18, 2017By

Clocks have failed onboard several Galileo satellites in space, reports Phys.org, a web-based science, research and technology news service. The cause of the failure is being investigated, European Space Agency director general Jan Woerner told journalists in Paris on Wednesday. Each Galileo satellite has four atomic timekeepers — two rubidium and two hydrogen maser. Three rubidium and six hydrogen maser clocks are not... read more

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Indian government warns airlines to use GAGAN

January 17, 2017By

The government of India has warned domestic airlines of “consequences” if they do not use GAGAN, the state’s GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation system, reports the Mumbai Mirror. The warning came during a meeting called by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in December with all stakeholders, including the airlines. Most aircraft registered in India are still not equipped with... read more

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SpaceX launches first batch of Iridium NEXT satellites

January 17, 2017By

Iridium Communications Inc. has successfully launched its first 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, which will support real-time automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) operations in oceanic regions. Iridium NEXT is the company’s next-generation satellite constellation, replacing and enhancing its existing network of low-Earth orbit satellites spanning the entire globe — the largest commercial satellite constellation in space. The satellites were delivered into low-Earth orbit an hour after... read more

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Australia to invest $12 million to test SBAS positioning technology

January 17, 2017By

The Australian Government will invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia. The funding includes testing of satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) that can offer instant, accurate and reliable positioning technology. The improvements in positioning could provide future safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits across many industries in Australia, including transport, agriculture, construction and resources. The... read more

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Raytheon completes qualification testing of GPS launch and checkout system

January 17, 2017By

Raytheon reached another milestone in developing the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System, known as GPS OCX, with the completion of the factory qualification test of the Launch and Checkout System (LCS). GPS OCX will enable dramatically increased performance and security of the GPS system that benefits millions of people worldwide. Raytheon tested 74 OCX segment requirements at its Aurora, Colorado, factory in... read more

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FCC seeks public comments on receivers using Galileo signals in US

January 17, 2017By

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is inviting public comments on the European Commission’s request for a waiver of licensing requirements applicable to Galileo receivers in the U.S. Comments are due Feb. 21, 2017. If the waiver is approved, Galileo-capable receivers won’t need to be licensed in the U.S. Right now, FCC rules require that receivers operating with non-U.S. licensed space stations... read more

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