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u-blox and Digicom partner on narrowband IoT products

March 7, 2017By
Digicom's narrowband IoT GPS tracker has u-blox inside.

Chip-maker u-blox is parntering with Digicom, a company that offers a wide range of hardware and software with cellular connectivity, to develop narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) products and solutions. Both companies have carried out a series of innovative and successful field trials of the new NB-IoT technology. The announcement reflects u-blox’s and Digicom’s eagerness to meet pent-up demand for Low Power... read more

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Surveying at the South Pole

March 7, 2017By
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In January, Adam LeWinter and Dave Finnegan, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), traveled to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to conduct a terrestrial lidar/thermal infrared survey of the elevated station as part of a National Science Foundation-funded project. They used a Riegl VZ-1000 with integrated InfraTec VarioCAM high-definition thermal camera to... read more

Microdrone to the Rescue: UAVs bring flotation to drowning swimmers

March 6, 2017By
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Microdrones collaborated last summer with the DLRG Horneburg/Altes Land e.V. (German Lifeguard Association) to simulate a mission to rescue a drowning swimmer, demonstrating the life-saving potential of UAVs. Crowds watched from the banks of the Elbe River as a UAV flew to the person in distress and dropped a compact rescue device called RESTUBE, which automatically inflated. The swimmer was... read more

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GLONASS ground station goes live in South Africa

March 6, 2017By
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A GLONASS ground station was officially commissioned in South Africa on Feb. 27. “Assembling and pre-commissioning work was completed on Nov. 25 to set up a measuring station on the premises of the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) as part of the agreement signed between Russia’s High-Precision Instrument Systems Company and South Africa’s HartRAO on Oct. 29, 2015,” said the... read more

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BeiDou launch schedule shared

March 6, 2017By

A launch schedule for future BeiDou satellites was reported on a space news discussion board. According to the schedule, the government of China is planning to launch 32 satellites through 2020. The schedule includes nine BeiDou-3 MEO satellites launched this year, and one replacement for a BeiDou-2 satellite, which retires in January 2018. The schedule is below: A PDF of the schedule is... read more

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GPS World editor to moderate innovation panel at Munich Summit

March 6, 2017By
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This year, the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit features an interactive session on the topic “Industry Meets Research: Innovation Drivers and Barriers in SMEs.” Fabio Dovis from Politecnico di Torino will chair the session, and GPS World magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Alan Cameron will moderate the discussion. “Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and their innovative ideas are an important factor of... read more

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What is the biggest unmanned autonomous vehicle (UAV) challenge?

March 6, 2017By
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What is the biggest challenge facing the UAV industry? Go to gpsworld.com/17marpoll to give us your opinion by March 22 and you’ll also be entered in a drawing to receive a $50 gift card. Here are the possibilities on offer, plus an “other” category for you to specify something bigger if you think we’ve omitted anything. Better quality images and... read more

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Lockheed responds to report on Air Force review of GPS III propulsion

March 6, 2017By

Lockheed Martin responded to a report by Bloomberg last week that the U.S. Air Force has opened a review of the propulsion systems used for Lockheed Martin’s GPS III and other military satellites, following a problem during an attempt to boost one into orbit. A Lockheed spokesperson said the first GPS III satellite passed all of its qualification testing and... read more

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