Expert Opinions: Your Organization’s Future

November 11, 2015By

Three experts answer the question, "Where do you see your efforts and those of your organization focusing primarily over the next 5–10 years?" Vidal Ashkenazi (Notttingham Scientific Ltd.), Jules McNeff (Overlook Technologies) and Terence McGurn (Consultant) provide answers. read more

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PNTAB and eLoran in the People’s Republic

November 11, 2015By
Boulder Colorado Flatirons. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

That is, in the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado. To those of us who live in Colorado, Boulder is known by this seemingly timeless but absolutely accurate appellation. This stunningly beautiful city located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, known as the Flatirons, is where the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board (PNTAB), which provides independent advice to... read more

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Technology adoption slow in small towns

November 4, 2015By

I was born in a small town and I live in a small town. I’ll probably die in a small town, but only if you want to call a blue-collar city of 75,000 people small. My friends are small town and my parents still live here in this same small town. It was here in this small town that I... read more

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New BeiDou TMBOC Signal Tracked; Similar to Future GPS L1C Structure

October 28, 2015By

China’s new third-generation BeiDou satellites are broadcasting some new signals in space. The newest signal, which just began broadcasting from a satellite launched on Sept. 30, is similar to the future GPS L1C signal with time-division BOC(1,1) and BOC(6,1) signals. Such a type of modulation is called time-multiplexed binary offset carrier (TMBOC, see note below). Researchers at JAVAD GNSS have... read more

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Opinions Vary on Autonomous Vehicle Rollout

October 22, 2015By

By Kevin Dennehy
Two recent Washington events highlighted the gulf in expectations for full autonomous vehicle rollout. The question is, why are the two groups so far apart? Funding? Safety? Cyber Security? read more

The Risks of Self-Driving Cars

October 22, 2015By
Janice Partyka

We fear the hacker who might corrupt the software system of our vehicles. Maybe they will subvert our brakes or steering. And Volkswagen gave us a new scare. Maybe we should fear the car manufacturer. Can we trust vehicle OEMs for the safety of self-driving cars? Before we buy a vehicle, most of us read reviews and test drive the... read more

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Progress Towards Flying UAVs Commercially?

October 21, 2015By
Finland’s Robonic UAV launchers.

If we take a quick look at what’s been happening with rules for regular commercial UAV operations, some might say progress has been mixed. If you live in Finland, then the news is quite good, while back here in the U.S., there have also been steps toward regulation for UAVs. Just this week, the Department of Transportation moved to require... read more

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Establishing Orthometric Heights Using GNSS — Part 3

October 7, 2015By
A depiction of the United States geoid. Areas in yellow and orange have a slightly stronger gravity field as a result of the Rocky Mountains.

Part 3 describes the differences between a scientific gravimetric geoid model and a hybrid geoid model, and why it is important to use both geoid models in your analysis. read more