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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

Galileo 13 satellite fueled for May 24 lift-off

May 10, 2016By
Galileo 10 is fueled at the Spaceport for Arianespace’s May 24 mission with Soyuz.

Preparations for Arianespace’s upcoming mission have moved into the fueling phase for the next two Galileo navigation satellites, Galileo 13 and 14. The satellites will be sent into orbit by a medium-lift Soyuz on May 24 from the Spaceport in French Guiana. As part of the process, the 13th in the series of Full Operational Capability (FOC) Galileo platforms (Galileo-FOC FM10) has been... read more

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FAA expands drone detection Pathfinder initiative

May 10, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is expanding the part of its Pathfinder Program that focuses on detecting and identifying unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) flying too close to airports. On Monday, the FAA signed Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems Inc. and Sensofusion. The FAA will evaluate procedures and technologies designed to identify unauthorized UAS operations in... read more

Kuwait high-rise goes up with assist from BeiDou

May 9, 2016By

CORS station tracks China’s constellation over three frequencies. Headquarters for the National Bank of Kuwait, a new 300-meter-tall building under construction, combines concrete, steel, glazing and glass-reinforced concrete in a unique shellfish shape. The engineering challenges behind this building led the engineers of Ahmadiah Company, the contractor, to use GNSS technology to install the core wall structure with millimeter accuracy.... read more

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GSA: 40 percent of GNSS receivers are Galileo-ready

May 9, 2016By
Figure 2. Supported constellation by receivers, all segments.

60 percent support two or more constellations Chipset and receiver manufacturers are already equipping their devices with multi-constellation capabilities, including Galileo, and taking advantage of available services, according to a new analysis by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The study examines the global top 31 companies and reviews publicly available technical documentation on their product portfolios, for more than 300... read more

Trimble offers GNSS module for system integrators

May 9, 2016By
MB-Two module by Trimble.

Trimble has introduced the MB-Two GNSS module, which delivers highly accurate GNSS-based heading plus pitch or roll in an advanced industry standard form-factor for system integrators. The module’s embedded Z-Blade GNSS technology uses all available dual-frequency GNSS signals equally, without any constellation preference, to deliver fast and stable centimeter-accurate position and heading information, the company said. The MB-Two is designed... read more

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