Opinions

Rio Olympics reflected technology advances

August 22, 2016By
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The Olympics are great for technology. Yes, the competition held every four years highlights amazing athletes. But its vast support network relies on numerous technologies, including GNSS. GNSS technology helped fans follow the canoe sprint and rowing events in Rio in more detail than before. With GPS devices attached to every vessel, spectators were able to see key data such as... read more

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Unmanned update: Government and industry join to resolve issues

August 17, 2016By
Google tests delivery drones in Australia.

The White House has joined in to support continued growth of the emerging unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies are powering a revolution in unmanned flight. Already used by government, by research organizations, and by industry for more efficient and safe applications, drones are now becoming a developing part of the United States economy. A new... read more

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Considering GPS III in light of a PNT wager

August 10, 2016By
SV 01 in testing at Lockheed Martin's Denver facility. (Photo: LMCO)

It was not a big wager as wagers go, but the underlying premise spoke volumes. It all began innocently enough in 2005 when the first test, or proof of concept, Galileo satellite known as GIOVE-A was launched. Who won the wager, and what can that tell us about GPS III? read more

Expert Opinions: OEM R&D budget for mitigation of jamming

August 8, 2016By

Q: What percent of a GNSS designer or manufacturer’s R&D budget should be devoted to mitigation of jamming? A: Solving for jamming, intentional or unintentional, in the design of any GNSS technology platform is no longer an option. How much any one company spends is largely a function of how much is spent on engineering overall and of how much... read more

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Pokémon GO: Location-based app leads to accidents

August 5, 2016By
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Common sense tells us not to hold a smartphone while driving. But a new game is so addicting, it’s causing people to forget that rule. Released July 6 for both Android and iOS, Pokémon GO instantly became the top free app and the top grossing app on Apple’s App Store, shattering social media records and shooting Nintendo stock through the roof. read more

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Establishing orthometric heights using GNSS — Part 8

August 3, 2016By
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Upcoming Survey Scene newsletters will carry additional columns in this series. Basic procedures and tools for determining valid published NAVD 88 GNSS-derived orthometric heights for constraints These columns have provided the reader with basic concepts, routines and procedures for understanding, analyzing, evaluating and estimating GNSS-derived ellipsoid and orthometric heights. In my last column, Part 7 (June 2016), we analyzed the changes in adjusted heights... read more

Navigation progress for indoors and UAVs

July 19, 2016By
Schiebel Camcopter S-100 demonstrating detect and avoid system.

I didn’t get to this year’s IEEE/ION PLANS meeting in Savannah, Georgia, in April, but I did find a few papers that interested me. You might have read past articles of mine that looked at the challenges of indoor navigation. And, of course, unmanned vehicles technology also is one of my favorites. So, I was pleased to find papers that addressed a few key... read more

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Naval Academy brings back celestial navigation courses

July 18, 2016By

The Naval Academy has brought back celestial navigation courses, recognizing the importance of giving future naval officers the ability to find their position out at sea in case GPS is unavailable through jamming or hacking. read more

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