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L’Avion Jaune Selects Septentrio’s RTK Technology for UAV Laser Scanner

December 8, 2014By
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L’Avion Jaune, a service provider and airborne sensors integrator in the field of aerial surveys, has selected the Septentrio AsteRx-m to equip its YellowScan unmanned aerial system. L’Avion Jaune chose the AsteRx-m for its robustness and low-power consumption, Septentrio said. YellowScan is the a lightweight all-in-one solution designed to deliver quality aerial surveys carried out using a LiDAR sensor aboard UAVs. The self-contained system... read more

What Happened to Piksi, the $995 RTK GNSS Receiver on Kickstarter?

December 3, 2014By
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A little more than a year ago, Swift Navigation started a Kickstarter campaign for a $995 RTK GNSS receiver named Piksi. The goal was to raise $14,000 for the project. By the time the Kickstarter campaign was ended, Swift raised $166,097 from 303 backers. I wrote an article about the Swift’s Kickstarter campaign in September 2013, a few days before... read more

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New Commercial UAV Expo Set for October 2015

December 2, 2014By

SPAR Point Group will hold its first Commercial UAV Expo, October 5-7, 2015, at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event will feature an exhibit hall of UAV manufacturers, component and sensor manufacturers, software providers and service companies. Organizers expect upwards of 1,000 attendees and 80 exhibits in 2015. Las Vegas was selected for proximity to key players on the West Coast and... read more

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Drone Prohibition: NTSB Rules Favorably on FAA Appeal

December 1, 2014By

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has ruled that drones are aircraft for the purpose of the Federal Aviation Administration’s prohibition of their careless or reckless use. The NTSB affirmed the agency’s position that unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) meet the legal definition of “aircraft,” and that the agency may take enforcement action against anyone who operates a UAS or model aircraft... read more

Sensors in Motion Launches MEMS-Based Inertial Nav System

November 24, 2014By
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Sensors in Motion (SIM) has introduced  a MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical) navigation-grade inertial system (INS) that it says could transform the $8 billion/year inertial market with new products by offering price and performance specifications better than those currently available. The first INS devices have been delivered to the Army CERDEC Night Vision Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD). SIM, a spinout from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and California Institute... read more

Topcon Acquires in-Cab Mounted Console Manufacturer

November 20, 2014By

Topcon Positioning Group has completed the acquisition of Wachendorff Elektronik GmbH and Wachendorff Electronics Inc. in a private transaction. Wachendorff Elektronik GmbH and its U.S. subsidiary Wachendorff Electronics, Inc., are manufacturers of in-cabin mounted consoles for the industrial vehicle market in the agricultural and construction industries. “This acquisition is a key ingredient of our global strategy to strengthen our ability to... read more

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DARPA Seeks Ideas for UAS Aircraft Carrier in the Sky

November 19, 2014By
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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is asking for input on how to launch and recover multiple small unmanned air systems (UAS) from existing large aircraft, such as the C-130. It has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking technical, security and business insights on “aircraft carriers in the sky.” In DARPA’s “blended approach,” a large aircraft would host a small UAS and facilitate its operations. The agency says... read more

Yield Monitoring Market Worth $2.51 Billion by 2020

November 19, 2014By

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the total Yield Monitoring Devices and Services Market is expected to reach $2.51 Billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 7.17% from 2014 to 2020. The report, “Yield Monitoring Devices and Services Market by Technology (GPS/GNSS, GIS, Remote Sensing), Components (Sensors, GPS/GNSS, Display, Guidance & Steering, and Software & Services), Application (VRA,... read more