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AUVSI releases interactive analysis of FAA UAS exemptions

April 15, 2016By
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The Association for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (AUVSI) unveiled an interactive analysis of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) exemptions. The FAA has awarded more than 3,000 Section 333 Exemption Grants since September 2014 to allow individuals, businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies to fly drones. AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database provided the data for the... read more

Raytheon, US Air Force complete first GPS OCX qualification test

April 13, 2016By
The Block 0/Launch and Checkout System infrastructure before being shipped to Schriever Air Force BAse and installed. (Photo: Raytheon)

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. The event was the Configuration Item Qualification Test (CIQT) milestone for the Launch... read more

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Remote servicing and repair could be ‘Holy Grail’ for space

April 12, 2016By
An Orbital ATK MEV (left) approaches a commercial communications satellite. (Credit: Orbital ATK illustration.)

Don Jewell reports from the 32nd Space Symposium, April 11-14, Colorado Springs, Colorado. (See Monday’s blog here.) Tuesday, April 12 There are few Holy Grails in space. Today’s announcements from several different companies made it clear that a couple of these Holy Grails are hopefully about to be realized. This morning, Orbital ATK, in conjunction with its customer Intelsat, announced they are entering... read more

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Telit acquires IP and cellular module products from Novatel Wireless

April 12, 2016By

Telit Communications PLC, a global enabler of the internet of things (IoT), has agreed to acquire several cellular module product lines, related intellectual property (IP) and related assets from Novatel Wireless, Inc., for an initial cash purchase price of $11 million and conditional earn-out consideration, which Telit expects to be non-material. Novatel Wireless is not associated with GNSS receiver maker... read more

HRL to develop inertial sensor tech for DARPA

April 12, 2016By

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded HRL Laboratories $4.3 million to develop vibration- and shock-tolerant inertial sensor technology that enables future system accuracy needs without utilizing GPS. While GPS provides sub-meter accuracy in optimal conditions, the signal is often lost or degraded due to natural interference or malicious jamming. HRL Laboratories, based in Malibu, California, is a corporate research-and-development... read more

Don Jewell reports from 32nd annual Space Symposium

April 11, 2016By
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Opening Day, April 11 It never fails. Invite 11,000-plus of your closest acquaintances for a week in the Rocky Mountains in April, and you have one — make that several — weather related events. I have attended 30 of the 32 Space Symposiums and it always rains buckets, snows a blizzard, hails in biblical amounts or is a combination of all three interspersed with incredible... read more

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FAA reviewing micro UAS report

April 11, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is now reviewing the report and recommendations of the Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Aviation Rulemaking Committee. The agency had tasked the group to develop recommendations for performance-based regulations that would let certain unmanned aircraft operate over people not directly involved in the flight of the aircraft. The rulemaking committee, which began meeting March 8,... read more

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TerraGo Edge delivers GeoPackage to mobile users

April 8, 2016By
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TerraGo has released TerraGo Edge 3.9.3, which features full support for OGC GeoPackage, a universal format for sharing maps and geographic data across mobile devices and all platforms. TerraGo Edge enables users to import and export OGC GeoPackage as a SQLite database optimized for performance on iOS and Android devices. “Because we listened to our customers, we designed TerraGo Edge from the... read more

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