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Latest Galileo Satellites Reach Launch Site

February 6, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency Another two Galileo satellites have touched down in French Guiana ready to take their place in Europe’s satellite navigation constellation. The pair, safely cocooned inside their air-conditioned containers inside an Air France Boeing 747, landed at Cayenne–Félix Eboué Airport yesterday. They were then taken by lorry to be installed in the cleanroom surroundings of Europe’s Spaceport... read more

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Harris Corporation to Acquire Exelis for $4.75 Billion

February 6, 2015By
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Harris Corporation and Exelis Inc. today announced a definitive agreement under which Harris will acquire Exelis in a cash and stock transaction valued at $23.75 per share, or an approximately $4.75 billion enterprise value. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The transaction is expected to close in June 2015 and is subject... read more

Handheld Makes Algiz 10X Rugged Tablet More Powerful

February 4, 2015By
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Handheld Group is upgrading its Algiz 10X tablet. With the upgrade, the rugged tablet for field professionals now features the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system, which is downgradable to Windows 7. Windows 8.1 Pro offers enhanced features to help users connect to company networks, access one PC from another, encrypt data and more. The upgraded Algiz 10X also has a more powerful processor that... read more

Accuracy in the Palm of Your Hand

February 2, 2015By
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Centimeter Positioning with a Smartphone-Quality GNSS Antenna
The smartphone antenna’s poor multipath suppression and irregular gain pattern result in large time-correlated phase errors that significantly increase the time to integer ambiguity resolution as compared to even a low-quality stand-alone patch antenna. read more

New NovAtel RTK GNSS Receiver Offers Advanced Heading Capabilities

February 2, 2015By
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NovAtel Inc. has announced the FlexPak6D enclosed GNSS receiver, a flexible dual-antenna solution for application developers seeking a high-precision heading-capable positioning engine for space-constrained applications. Designed for efficient and rapid integration, the compact, lightweight receiver tracks GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Antenna placement is flexible, which means the antenna baseline can be set according to space available on the vehicle... read more

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U of Michigan Wins ION’s Fifth Autonomous Snowplow Competition

January 30, 2015By
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A team from the University of Michigan took home the fifth Institute of Navigation (ION) Satellite Division’s Autonomous Snowplow Competition. The competition was held Jan. 22-25 at Rice Park in downtown Saint Paul, Minn., in conjunction with the 129th Saint Paul Winter Carnival. Sponsored by The ION Satellite Division and held in cooperation with the ION North Star Section, the... read more

Drinking and Droning Has Consequences

January 28, 2015By
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Firmware Fixes Coming from Drone Maker
A government employee who crashed his friend's drone on the White House lawn was apparently drinking while droning. The employee, who works for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), was questioned Jan. 26 by the Secret Service as the operator of the drone involved in Monday’s incident at the White House. read more

Snowed in? Track Your City’s Snow Plows with GPS Apps

January 27, 2015By
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Snow plows in many cities cleaning up the snow from a winter storm that blasted the Northeast are being tracked with GPS. One website application, PlowNYC, provides real-time updates on where the plows are in the Big Apple, according to CBS News. PlowNYC was developed by Rastrac, a GPS fleet tracking and remote asset management solution company. The New York City sanitation department is deploying... read more

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