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European Space Solutions to feature Galileo and EGNOS

March 2, 2016By
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European Space Solutions 2016 is a five-day conference that will bring together business and policy makers with users and developers of space-based solutions. The conference will take place at the World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands, May 30 to June 3. Registration is free of charge, but mandatory. The event will explore how space makes a difference to the lives, and livelihoods,... read more

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Water utility deploys iPad solution

March 2, 2016By
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Like thousands of water utilities across the U.S., the City of Sebring, Fla., Utilities Department is tasked with providing a safe and reliable water supply, while managing all the dispersed assets of the water distribution and wastewater systems. This means regularly locating, mapping and inspecting assets to maintain service levels and operations. When Sebring evaluated this approach, the city received... read more

Topcon announces robotic-based system for concrete paving

March 1, 2016By
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Topcon Positioning Group is offering a local positioning system (LPS) for concrete paving. The LPS Paving System is designed to provide a stringless paving solution in conditions when GNSS signals are blocked or unavailable. It uses multiple Topcon PS series robotic total stations — tracking two prisms mounted to the concrete paver — for steering and elevation control. “This robotic-based system does not encounter... read more

ISS Reshetnev to build 11 new GLONASS-K satellites

March 1, 2016By
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ISS Reshetnev has signed a contract with Russian space agency Roscosmos to build 11 new GLONASS satellites, according to the Roscosmos website. ISS Reshetnev is Russia’s leading spacecraft developer and manufacturer. ISS Reshetnev will build nine GLONASS-K1 satellites and two GLONASS-K2 satellites. The GLONASS-K1 satellites will be transition satellites between the existing GLONASS-M satellites and the future GLONASS-K2 satellites. GLONASS-K2 satellites will begin flight... read more

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DJI launches new Phantom 4 with intelligent camera

March 1, 2016By
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Unmanned aerial vehicle maker DJI has launched the Phantom 4, a quadcopter drone that uses highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier. The Phantom 4 expands on previous generations of DJI’s Phantom line by adding on-board intelligence that make piloting and shooting great shots easier through features such as its Obstacle Sensing System, ActiveTrack and TapFly functionality. “With the Phantom... read more

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Synergizing smartphones’ onboard GPS capability with KML files

February 29, 2016By
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At Caltrans District 7 in Los Angeles, we use the onboard GPS capability of smartphones to navigate in real time to the locations of proposed aerial targets and National Geodetic Survey (NGS) control stations. read more

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Egg drone hatched

February 29, 2016By
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Powervision Robot Inc., a robotics and industrial drone maker, has launched drone shaped like an egg that can be folded up and stored in a backpack. Although PowerEgg was developed for the mainstream consumer market, it includes advanced technologies such as a 360-degree panoramic 4K HD camera on a 3-axis gimbal, real-time long-range video transmission and advanced “optical flow” sensors... read more

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Two Galileo satellites scheduled for May launch

February 29, 2016By
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Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by Soyuz rocket in May, ahead of a quartet on an Ariane 5 in the autumn, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. read more

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