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2G Robotics laser systems used to create deep ocean surveys

December 18, 2015By
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2G Robotics has delivered two deep-rated ULS-500 subsea laser systems to Oceaneering International Inc.’s business unit, Oceaneering Survey Services, a provider of deepwater seafloor mapping and subsea surveys. Including these two ULS-500 systems, Oceaneering now uses six of the ULS-500 systems with its autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) as part of its advanced survey and inspection services for assessing pipeline and... read more

Leica releases GNSS monitoring on board stand-alone receiver

December 18, 2015By
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A GNSS monitoring solution integrated into a stand-alone receiver detects fast movements of man-made and natural structures in real time. The new product from Leica Geosystems, dubbed VADASE, runs onboard Leica reference stations and monitoring receivers. The Leica Velocity and Displacement Autonomous Solution Engine (VADASE) provides an in-depth look into fast movements using unique processing algorithms. In real time, accurate... read more

Galileo constellation now 12 after Thursday’s launch

December 17, 2015By
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The pace of deploying Europe’s own satellite navigation system continued to increase with today’s launch of the latest pair of Galileo satellites, doubling the number of satellites in space within nine months. read more

You be the judge: To eLoran or not?

December 16, 2015By

Readers of GPS World, its e-newsletters, website — and all interested PNT parties — are invited to register their opinion in the current poll at gpsworld.com/janpoll. Should the U.S. government install a full eLoran network of broadcast stations to back up GPS in case of jamming, interference or other emergencies? Yes. No. More study is needed before answering this question.... read more

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Signed budget includes full GPS funding, except for $2M IIF reduction

December 16, 2015By

On Nov. 25, 2015, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, after vetoing a previous version. The enacted NDAA complies with the two-year budget agreement, which called for a reduction in defense spending. The act reduces the GPS IIF line item by $2 million, citing “unjustified support growth” from the U.S. House of Representatives... read more

Galileos in the zone for Thursday’s launch

December 15, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency Galileos 11 and 12 are on the launch pad, attached to the top of their Soyuz rocket in readiness for this week’s launch. Europe’s next navigation satellites are due for launch at 11:51 GMT (12:51 CET, 08:51 local time) on Thursday, Dec. 17, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. On Dec. 10, the two satellites, already... read more

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Septentrio introduces next-generation GNSS reference receiver — PolaRx5

December 14, 2015By
The Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS receiver.

Septentrio has launched its next-generation GNSS receiver for precise scientific and geodetic applications — the PolaRx5. This new receiver in the PolaRx product line is developed specifically to support the most demanding applications for the Earth science community offering a select range of advanced features that enable maximum accuracy and functionality. Powered by Septentrio’s next generation multi-frequency engine, the PolaRx5 offers 544 hardware channels... read more

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FAA unveils UAS rule, begins drone registry Dec. 21

December 14, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Dec. 14 an official rule and registration process for hobbyists who own small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation — for example,... read more