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AUVSI to host massive trade show, works with US UAV regulators

January 20, 2016By
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The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has renamed its major annual conference — XPONENTIAL — and the 2016 edition will be held in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center on the west bank of the Mississippi, May 2–5. The huge convention center is hosting the event across two large halls, with more than 350,000 square feet of space for up... read more

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GPS aboard the world’s highest, fastest manned gliders

January 13, 2016By
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly floats aboard the International Space Station after the hatch opening of the Soyuz spacecraft Mar. 28, 2015. (Photo: NASA)

Featuring an exclusive interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly from aboard the International Space Station This month, we discuss sailplanes of all sorts and conduct a brief on-orbit interview with Astronaut Scott Kelly concerning his time piloting the space shuttle — actually a supersonic glider. We touch on the role GPS played in making it a safer rocket glider. Kelly also gives us... read more

Taking Position: Women in PNT extend a hand

January 12, 2016By
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A first-time gathering at ION GNSS+ gives mentors in the GNSS field an opportunity to help newcomers. By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor I had the privilege of attending a unique and special gathering at ION GNSS+ this past September. The meet-and-greet event was Women in PNT, sponsored by the Institute of Navigation (ION), Spirent Federal Systems and NovAtel. “The idea... read more

Out in Front: Resilient navigation and timing

January 11, 2016By
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Advocacy in the U.S. capital urges augmentation of GPS/GNSS with eLoran and other “complementary terrestrial PNT services to increase resilience.” See the Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation’s website, rntfnd.org. This is assuredly a good thing, a worthy cause. I’ve come to believe, however, that true resilience goes beyond what we normally think of as position and timing sensors. Stimulus comes... read more

Data is the crop: GNSS used by surveyors and farmers

January 6, 2016By
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As technology continues to march forward, and storage and data evaluation use grows, the surveyor and the farmer will begin to use each other’s skillsets to increase their own productivity. So how do we get there? First, we must establish how each side uses their prospective GPS tools. read more

German automakers complete HERE acquisition

December 30, 2015By

In what was 2015’s largest location-industry deal, three German luxury auto manufacturers completed the purchase of HERE. But that wasn’t the only recent acquisition as location-based services provider TeleCommunication Systems, or TCS, was bought by Comtech Telecommunication Corp. Both deals indicate the growing, and continued growth, of location services going forward into 2016. read more

What to expect from the Consumer Electronics Show

December 29, 2015By
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It won’t be long until the January Consumer Electronics Show (CES) overwhelms us, so I want to ensure that we don’t overlook innovation occurring now, both in mapping and in automated vehicle technology. And if you are attending the show or following its news, I will provide you with a heads-up that will help orient you. what3words. GPS has revolutionized... read more

Directions 2016: Galileo — strategic tool for European autonomy

December 18, 2015By
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The Galileo programme is currently in its deployment phase, which is due for completion in 2020. Following declaration of initial services in 2016, an exploitation phase will start and aim at delivering a fully operational system by the end of 2020. read more