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FAA Grants UAS Exemption to Trimble Navigation

December 10, 2014By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted five regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations to four companies representing several industries that promise to benefit from UAS technology, including Trimble Navigation Ltd. The four companies that received exemptions want to fly UAS to perform operations for aerial surveying, construction site monitoring and oil rig flare stack inspections. “Unmanned aircraft... read more

OriginGPS’ Nano Module Powers Tiny Zano Drone

December 9, 2014By
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What flies, takes selfies and fits in the palm of your hand? The tiny Zano drone. Zano is a portable aerial photography and video platform designed for consumers that measures 65 x 65 millimeters and weighs 55 grams. Torquing Group, who is developing Zano with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, said that Zano’s ability to fly autonomously will provide new possibilities for users seeking to capture images... read more

u-blox Inside Explosion-Proof Smartphone

December 9, 2014By
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Bartec Pixavi has launched the “Impact X intrinsically safe smartphone” based on u-blox’ rugged 3G cellular module technology designed for devices used in tough industrial and outdoor environments. Bartec Pixavi is a manufacturer of mobile devices used in hazardous or explosive environments such as oil platforms, mines and chemical plants. “Our Impact X smartphone is designed with the most robust, reliable and safe components available to... read more

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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Broadcom Launches Location Hub with Galileo Support for Smartphones

December 2, 2014By

Broadcom Corporation has announced a GNSS location hub that supports Galileo. Along with Galileo, the Broadcom BCM4774 simultaneously supports GPS, GLONASS, SBAS, QZSS and the BeiDou satellite systems. With a planned deployment of up to 30 additional satellites for Galileo, smartphones with built-in support for this new system will experience an even higher level of accuracy and better positioning with faster times to... read more

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u-blox GNSS Timing Modules Designed for Upgrades

December 1, 2014By
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u‑blox has announced the NEO-M8T and LEA-M8T precision timing modules, which are able to generate a precise reference clock with <20 ns accuracy. The receivers offer high sensitivity (-157 dBm signal acquisition with assisted GNSS) that allows quick start-up inside structures with limited sky view. The precise reference clock is derived from multi-GNSS including GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou. The LEA-M8T module is footprint... read more