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IAIN World Congress Abstract Deadline Extended to March 31

March 25, 2015By

World Congress 2015, sponsored by the International Association of Institutes of Navigation (IAIN), has extended its deadline for abstract submissions to March 31. The event will be held October 23-25 at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic. After abstracts are reviewed, authors will be notified of acceptance or rejection by April 15. Speakers include Satoshi Kogure of the Japan... read more

Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Friday’s Launch

March 25, 2015By
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Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years, but last Friday marked the very last time the spacecraft were glimpsed by human eyes. read more

Javad Ashjaee Urges Diplomacy, Cooperation to End Crimean Stand-Off

March 25, 2015By

By Javad Ashjaee 25 years ago, while the Soviet Union still existed, I began efforts that led me to become the first to combine United States’ GPS and Russia’s GLONASS satellites. Later I hosted many GPS and GLONASS authorities, fostered friendships among them, and promoted concepts such as “compatibility” and “interoperability” of satellite systems. See the details in the GPS... read more

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Soyuz in the Launch Zone for March 27 Galileo Launch

March 24, 2015By

The Soyuz for Arianespace’s next medium-lift mission is in the launch zone at French Guiana, where it stands ready to receive the two spacecraft passengers that will join Europe’s Galileo global navigation satellite system. Applying procedures that have been followed since the workhorse Soyuz launcher inaugurated the Space Age, the basic three-stage vehicle for Arianespace’s March 27 flight emerged today from its MIK integration building in... read more

FAA Streamlines Waivers for UAS Exemption Holders

March 24, 2015By

The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after the FAA publishes a final version of the proposed small UAS rule. Under the new... read more

Launch of IRNSS-1D Now Set for Saturday

March 23, 2015By
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The launch of India’s fourth Navigation Satellite, IRNSS-1D, is now scheduled for 17:19 IST (11:49 UTC) on Saturday, March 28, from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. The launch was previously scheduled for March 9, then postponed until March 29 to replace a faulty telemetry transmitter on the satellite, according to the Indian Space Research Organization. IRNSS-1D will be fourth in the seven-spacecraft Indian Regional... read more

GPS IIF-9 Launches Wednesday

March 23, 2015By

The U.S. Air Force’s ninth GPS Block IIF satellite (GPS IIF-9) is set to launch Wednesday at 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT)  from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. The GPS IIF-9 will ride aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV rocket, marking the 29th Delta IV launch and the 57th operational GPS satellite to launch on... read more

Topcon Acquires Precision Ag Company Digi-Star

March 23, 2015By

Topcon Positioning Group has acquired Digi-Star, an international provider of agricultural solutions involving weight sensors and control systems for feeding, planting, fertilizer and harvest equipment manufacturers. “After several years of working on development projects together, we are delighted with this acquisition,” said Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Group. “Digi-Star and Topcon Precision Agriculture are a perfect fit, bringing complementary... read more