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DJI, PrecisionHawk partner on UAV remote sensing for agriculture

May 3, 2016By

PrecisionHawk and DJI announced during the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Xponential show an exclusive partnership for agriculture market with a complete agricultural analytics solution. The solution links DJI’s drone hardware to PrecisionHawk’s drone software platform, DataMapper. “Farmers need real-time information about their crops, their fields and their harvests, and DJI and PrecisionHawk are working together to give them... read more

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Leica releases ‘self-learning’ GNSS receiver for survey

May 3, 2016By
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Leica Geosystems has announced the Leica Viva GS16 survey receiver, along with updated Leica Captivate and SmartWorx Viva software. The GS16 is a “self-learning GNSS receiver,” the company said, able to automatically select the optimal combination of GNSS signals and stay connected with or without reference links. The new release enhances the Leica Captivate Experience released in 2015. The addition of... read more

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South Korea to build eLoran system after jamming incident

May 3, 2016By
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South Korea will award a contract this month to secure technology required to build an eLoran system as an alternative to GPS, reports the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC). The announcement follows South Korea pointing the finger at North Korea for jamming its GPS signal reception in late March. The South Korean eLoran plan envisions setting up coastal transmitters by the end... read more

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SOAR Oregon backs UAS FutureFarm for digital agriculture

May 3, 2016By
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SOAR Oregon, a non-profit organization focused on the development of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry in Oregon, has given the city of Pendleton a grant for the establishment of a FutureFarm project at the Pendleton UAS Test Range. The Oregon UAS FutureFarm is a real-world proving ground designed to help digital agriculture pioneers accelerate product development, reduce cycles and... read more

IMSAR sells UAV detect-and-avoid radar tech to Fortem

May 3, 2016By

IMSAR LLC, manufacturer of miniaturized synthetic aperture radar (SAR), is selling its detect and avoid radar technology to Fortem Technologies. The technology powered IMSAR’s previously announced family of collision-avoidance radar designed for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) market. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires an aircraft operating in civil airspace to be able to “see and avoid” other aircraft.... read more

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FLIR launches radiometric thermal camera for commercial drones

May 3, 2016By
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FLIR Systems Inc. has announced the FLIR Vue Pro R, the latest member of FLIR Vue thermal imaging camera series for commercial drones. The new Vue Pro R adds radiometric functionality to the Vue Pro camera, giving drone operators the ability to save the pictures for post-flight image analysis and accurately measure the temperatures of individual image pixels. The camera... read more

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VectorNav launches tactical series of IMUs at AUVSI show

May 3, 2016By
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VectorNav Technologies, manufacturer of embedded navigation solutions, has introduced the Tactical Series, a next generation family of high-performance Inertial Navigation Systems (INS). The announcement was made at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016, being held this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. Built on a common tactical grade proprietary MEMS inertial sensing core, the Tactical Series includes the VN-110 inertial measurement unit and attitude heading... read more

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GPS scientist Michael Watkins named next JPL director

May 3, 2016By
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Michael M. Watkins has been appointed director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and vice president at Caltech, the Institute announced. Watkins is the Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Aerospace Engineering and director of the Center for Space Research at the University of Texas at Austin. Watkins has written for GPS World about the GRACE project, which uses GPS and a microwave ranging system... read more

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