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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

Out in Front: IOU on IOE

October 1, 2015By

Here it comes right at ya, down the cable into your living room, over the radio waves into the coffee shop or airport and your car: the Internet of Everything (IOE). The term connotes adding connectivity and intelligence to just about every tech device in use at home, office, or out on the street, to enable special functions, reporting, and... read more

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Galileo Space-Borne, Industry Land-Bound

September 30, 2015By
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Galileo’s latest pair of full operational capability (FOC) satellites now orbit proudly in space, “performing beautifully.” The first two FOC birds may soon shift their focus from navigation to gravity experiments instead. Meanwhile, as the European Space Agency tries to fly, European industry seeks firmly grounded support in the form of an industrial policy and economic stimuli, expressing concern that the current situation... read more

Galileo: Are We There Yet?

September 28, 2015By
Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites being fueled by technicians in protective SCAPE suits within the Guiana Space Centre’s 3SB preparation building on Aug. 24. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

It has been a good late summer for the European Galileo programme. The latest launch on the night of 10 and 11 September has got the number of orbiting satellites in the EU’s GNSS constellation into double figures at last, and one-third of the way towards the ultimate target of 30. The European Space Agency’s (ESA) press releases around the... read more

Beast Mode RTK from JAVAD GNSS

September 24, 2015By
Sibole.One

By Matt Sibole With a name like beast mode RTK it better be something pretty impressive. I think we are all looking for ways to become more productive and more efficient in the course of our fieldwork. I think the analogy could be made that beast mode RTK is to GNSS as what the EDM was to the steel tape.... read more

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Highlights from the Grand-Daddy of All GNSS Technical Conferences

September 23, 2015By
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The ION GNSS+ 2015 Conference once again fielded a jam-packed agenda of papers on subjects  from world-wide constellation updates, through GNSS integrity, indoor navigation demonstrations, multi-constellation/function chipsets, interference mitigation and jamming detection, privacy issues, and many other very interesting subjects.   That’s GNSS+ in the conference name, as in “plus,” denoting the many other positioning, navigation, and timing technologies it covers.... read more

CTIA 2015 Recap: What Mattered Most

September 14, 2015By
Janice Partyka writes from CTIA in Las Vegas.

About 30,000 attendees sweltered in Las Vegas for CTIA’s Super Mobility show this past week. Attendance was flat from last year, but the exhibit floor and meeting rooms bustled. The energy of the show focused on M2M and Internet of Things (IoT). In past years, the connected vehicle was a highlight, but not so this year. Wearable technology was scant. Those looking for the big product introductions of the past were disappointed. However, CTIA’s keynote speakers added focus and vision into the show, reminding us of the drive and vigor that built the industry. read more

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