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AUVSI provides interactive map of UAS legislation

January 28, 2016By

As the 2016 legislative session kicked off this month, the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) has been tracking all active legislation pertaining to unmanned systems. This year, to provide the best information to its members, legislators, regulators and the media, AUVSI has organized data on all unmanned systems-related state legislation into a sortable, interactive map with details that include... read more

SwiftNav launches Piksi GPS receiver for autonomous, survey

January 28, 2016By

Swift Navigation has released its first GPS receiver, named Piksi. Piksi is a low-cost, high-performance GPS receiver with real-time kinematic (RTK) functionality for centimeter-level relative positioning accuracy. Its small form factor, fast position-solution update rate, and low-power consumption make Piksi ideal for integration into autonomous vehicles and portable surveying equipment. An open-source architecture with a high-performance DSP on-board and our... read more

Sonardyne dynamic positioning fills in for GNSS disruptions

January 27, 2016By
Bordelon Marine will use a Sonardyne Ranger 2 DP-INS in its new ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV)  Brandon Bordelon.

Bordelon Marine, providers of vessel services to operators in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world, has selected acoustically aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its new ultra-light intervention vessel (ULIV) Brandon Bordelon. The dual Ranger 2 Pro DP-INS systems, the highest specification available, will be used to track remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) during inspection, repair... read more

Insurance and law firms start drone services

January 26, 2016By

Insurance companies in the U.S. and Canada have jumped on the UAV bandwagon, with many now offering coverage for commercial drone users. The insurance usually covers liability for any damage caused by the drone, with comprehensive options covering damage to the drone itself. Unmanned Risk Management, which also insures helicopters and other aircraft, has insured drones in all 50 U.S.... read more

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Firmware update for u-blox M8 GNSS receiver adds Galileo

January 26, 2016By

u-blox has released new firmware, FW 3.01, for its u-blox M8 concurrent multi-GNSS platform. u-blox M8 FW 3.01 now also supports Galileo, in addition to GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and SBAS. It can track up to three constellations concurrently and makes use of all SBAS and QZSS augmentation systems at the same time. With Galileo fully deployed, the European positioning system will... read more

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Report GPS timing issues to NAVCEN

January 26, 2016By

GPS timing issues have been reported from some user communities to the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center (NAVCEN) over the last 12 hours, according to an email sent by Rick Hamilton, executive secretariat of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC). “As a reminder, if you continue to experience problems, please report them immediately to NAVCEN,” Hamilton wrote. Report problems... read more

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Advanced Navigation releases GNSS/INS post-processing software

January 25, 2016By

Advanced Navigation has released its GNSS/INS post processing software Kinematica. Kinematica is designed to be an easy-to-use GNSS/INS post-processing software that allows users to process raw GNSS and inertial data after collection and achieve higher accuracy position, velocity and orientation than is possible in real time. Kinematica has been released as free software with a time lock to Aug. 1, 2016.... read more

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FAA hits 3,000 exemptions, 300,000 registrations for UAVs

January 25, 2016By

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded more than  3,000 Section 333 Exemption Grants to allow individuals, businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies to fly drones. FAA Section 333 exemption grants allow unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators to fly commercially and provide professional services. Companies use UAVs for bridge inspections, roof inspections, movie and television filming, aerial photography, pipeline inspections, engineering, precision agriculture, mapping... read more

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