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Sony’s Vertical Take-off Drone Aimed at Surveyors

August 28, 2015By
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Sony is developing an unmanned aerial vehicle that lifts off and lands vertically like a helicopter (also known as a VTOL craft for vertical take-off and landing.) The VTOL drone is being developed with a Tokyo robotics firm under a collaborative company called Aerosense. The drone can carry up to 22 pounds, fly continuously for two hours, and reach a speed... read more

Handheld’s Nautiz X8 Field Computer Gets Add-ons

August 26, 2015By
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Handheld Group is offering expansion pack features for its Nautiz X8 rugged field computer. The new functionalities will make the Nautiz X8 more versatile for field workers in a number of market segments, including forestry, surveying, construction, field services, warehouse projects and logistics. The Nautiz X8 was built to enable efficient and reliable data collection in the toughest of environments.... read more

Galileo Satellites Topped off for Sept. 10 Launch

August 26, 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 24 August. This left them ready to be attached to their launcher upper stage in preparation for launch. (Photo:ESA)

UPDATED 08/28/15 with information from the European Space Agency. The two European Galileo navigation satellites for Arianespace’s next mission from French Guiana have been fueled at the Spaceport, readying them for integration with their Soyuz launcher. Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellites 9 and 10 were “topped off” during activity this week at the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility, further advancing preparations for the Sept. 10 mission —... read more

SNL Comedian Michael Che to Speak at CTIA Super Mobility 2015

August 26, 2015By
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Saturday Night Live comedian and co-anchor of “Weekend Update” Michael Che will be featured at CTIA Super Mobility 2015. Che will report from the keynote stage with his thoughts on wireless news, hot topics and features. read more

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Trimble Launches Multirotor UAS for Tight Spots

August 25, 2015By
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Trimble’s new ZX5 Multirotor Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) — announced today — is an aerial imaging and workflow solution that captures and processes geo-referenced photo and video data for mapping, agriculture and inspection applications. The Trimble ZX5 complements the UAS portfolio with the ability to reach smaller, remote environments faster, while providing accurate mapping data for improved productivity in the field and... read more

OriginGPS Nano Hornet Module Powers TobyRich Gaming Drones

August 21, 2015By
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TobyRich has integrated OriginGPS’ Nano Hornet into a smartphone-controlled gaming drone line, to extend its range and enhance its directional capabilities. By leveraging the Nano Hornet, a tiny GPS module with an integrated antenna, TobyRich was able to design a smaller, sleeker form factor for its innovative drones while taking advantage of OriginGPS’ performance and low-power consumption features, according to... read more

First Signals of BeiDou Phase 3 Acquired at Ispra, Italy

August 21, 2015By
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Editor’s Note: The article below has been greatly revised and expanded from the original version published Aug. 10. By Michele Bavaro, James Curran and Joaquim Fortuny On July 25, 2015, China launched two modernized BeiDou satellites. Although the nomenclature is still uncertain, the Joint Space Operations Centre / North American Aerospace Defense Command identifiers for the satellites are BEIDOU-3 M1 and... read more

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Nationwide Differential GPS Shutdown Proposed, Comments Sought

August 18, 2015By
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An Aug. 18 Federal Register notice proposes shutting down the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) in January 2016 because of a decline in its use, except for sites in coastal areas. The notice, issued by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Transportation Department (DOT) and Corps of Engineers (USACE), reads: The Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) service augments GPS... read more