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GNSS dead-reckoning receiver offered by SkyTraq

April 26, 2016By
The S1722DR8 GNSS dead-reckoning receiver, compared to a U.S. penny.

SkyTraq Technology Inc., a fabless GNSS positioning technology company, has introduced the S1722DR8 GNSS dead-reckoning receiver, integrating a 3-axis gyroscope/accelerometer and barometric pressure sensor with GNSS receiver. Using wheel/speed data from vehicle to perform sensor-fused solution, S1722DR8 achieves 100-percent coverage; perfect for vehicles applications requiring highest performance, reliable uninterrupted positioning. The S1722DR8 can be flexibly mounted in any orientation, and... read more

GLONASS-M satellite delivered for launch

April 25, 2016By
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Another GLONASS-M satellite, designed and built by a team of Information Satellite Systems – Reshetnev Company, has been delivered to the Plesetsk cosmodrome. Accompanied by the company’s technical team and housed in a dedicated high-technology container, it was shipped to the Yemelyanovo Airport of Krasnoyarsk and then flew to the Plesetsk cosmodrome aboard a cargo aircraft IL-76. At the cosmodrome, ISS-Reshetnev... read more

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New name, new version for GAPS software

April 21, 2016By
GAPS-derived position fixes for a test drive in Fredericton. (Image: UNB)

GAPS v6.0.0 is now rebranded as the GNSS Analysis and Positioning Software. GAPS software — hosted by the University of New Brunswick, Canada — provides users with accurate satellite positioning using a single GNSS receiver both in static and kinematic mode. Through the use of precise orbit and clock products provided by sources such as the International GNSS Service (IGS) and Natural Resources... read more

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IRNSS constellation nears completion

April 20, 2016By
IRNSS-1G being prepared for a pre-launch test. (Photo: ISRO)

India is expected to launch into orbit its seventh and final navigation satellite on April 28, thus completing the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS). IRNSS-1G is expected to launch aboard a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket from India’s spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh at 12:50 local time. To date, India has launched six regional navigational satellites (IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C,... read more

Investigation launched over possible UAV/airplane collision

April 19, 2016By
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On Monday, April 18, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was reported to have struck a British Airways Airbus as it descended into London’s Heathrow Airport, reports BBC News. The collision has renewed calls from the Air Line Pilots Association for stricter regulation in the U.S., where more than 150 airliners reported close sightings of drones in the last 18 months,... read more

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EU transport ministers sign agreement on autonomous cars

April 18, 2016By
Connected, cooperative and automated driving developments should come together to harvest societal benefits. (Chart from Amsterdam Declaration)

European Union (EU) transport ministers have agreed to take action to make autonomous driving a reality across the 28-nation bloc. The Amsterdam Declaration was signed by the ministers during an informal meeting of the Transport Council on April 14 in Amsterdam. The declaration outlines the steps necessary for the development of self-driving technology in the EU. In the document, the Netherlands,... read more

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AUVSI releases interactive analysis of FAA UAS exemptions

April 15, 2016By
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The Association for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (AUVSI) unveiled an interactive analysis of U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) exemptions. The FAA has awarded more than 3,000 Section 333 Exemption Grants since September 2014 to allow individuals, businesses, non-profits and governmental agencies to fly drones. AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems and Robotics Database provided the data for the... read more

Raytheon, US Air Force complete first GPS OCX qualification test

April 13, 2016By
The Block 0/Launch and Checkout System infrastructure before being shipped to Schriever Air Force BAse and installed. (Photo: Raytheon)

On March 4, Raytheon successfully passed the first formal qualification test milestone for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS Next Generation Operational Control System (GPS OCX). The new system offers significant improvements to the GPS on which the U.S. military and millions of civilians rely, including enhanced availability, accuracy and security. The event was the Configuration Item Qualification Test (CIQT) milestone for the Launch... read more

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