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Discussing the new North American-Pacific Geopotential Datum of 2022 — Part 1

June 7, 2017By

On April 24-25, 2017, the National Geodetic Survey (NGS) hosted the 2017 Geospatial Summit in Silver Spring, Maryland, to discuss its plans for replacing the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88) in 2022. The Summit was a day and a half long and provided an opportunity for NGS to... read more

ESA: Space debris enters ‘more feared exponential trend’

May 23, 2017By

In April, the European Space Agency (ESA) hosted the 7th European Conference on Space Debris at ESA’s Satellite Control Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. There, international experts discussed ways to head off the threat of space junk. ESA estimates there are roughly 5,000 objects larger than 1 meter, 20,000 objects over 10 centimeters and 750,000 “flying bullets” of around one centimeter.... read more

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Drones swarming indoors only one highlight of AUVSI Xponential

May 17, 2017By

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International‘s annual Xponential show, which took place May 8-11 in Dallas, Texas, seemed to be at least as large as last year’s in New Orleans, Louisiana. According to the Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s keynote address, I was among more than 7,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors. Krzanich and the Intel folks dazzled us with live indoor drone flying... read more

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The sky’s alive at AUVSI’s Xponential 2017

May 12, 2017By

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Xponential 2017 show, May 8-11 in Dallas, convened a global community of commercial and defense suppliers in intelligent robotics, drones and unmanned systems. It showcases the broad forefront of autonomous vehicles generally, but in-flight in particular, and there were plenty of expanded capabilities and expanding applications on display. In one of several... read more

Drones, swarms, artificial intelligence and virtual reality now rule

May 10, 2017By

Add small sats, gamification and nanotechnology, and you've got a bunch of powerful new drivers pushing out geospatial frontiers in every direction. These exciting tools are opening up new market sectors and bringing powerful techniques to military and other applications. read more

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Intelligent transportation systems require ‘the ego vehicle’

May 8, 2017By

Most activity so far in the PNT community has centered around the questions of “Where am I?” and “Where am I going?” and “How fast am I going?” Positioning, navigation and timing. Seemingly that should about cover it. But no. Mapping comes into the picture: “What fixed objects are in my environment?” This is actually a corollary of “Where am... read more

Surveyors’ coordinate systems for 2022 and beyond

May 3, 2017By

Time. Ask anyone what time means to them, and they will give you a different answer. Benjamin Franklin famously stated that “time is money.” Time for the surveyor can mean being out in the field retracing a boundary, drafting a plat or working with a client to help them see their goals achieved. Just like any other profession, time can... read more

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Autonomous vehicles drive innovation in the GNSS industry

May 2, 2017By

The May issue of GPS World carries these three expert opinions on the question: How are autonomous vehicles and V2V technologies driving innovation within the GNSS industry? Chaminda Basnyake Principal Engineer, Market Development, Locata Corporation We still have technical and cost versus performance challenges to meet the PNT needs of V2V and AV. Positioning and even timing expectations in deep... read more