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Air Force jam-proof reference system ready to support testing

May 24, 2016By
Locatalite transceiver installation in the White Sands Missile Range Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System, provided by the U.S. Air Force for testing equipment under conditions of GPS jamming.

The U.S. Air Force 746th Test Squadron has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its new truth reference, the Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System (UHARS), which employs LocataLite transceivers. Even when GPS is being completely jammed, UHARS provides extremely accurate positioning, navigation and time (PNT) over the large area of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico that the system was designed to cover.... read more

14 Galileo satellites now in orbit

May 24, 2016By
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The Galileo satellite navigation system that will help Europe find its way in the 21st century now has 14 satellites in orbit after today’s double launch. Galileos 13 and 14 lifted off together at 08:48 GMT (10:48 CEST, 05:48 local time) atop a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana. This seventh Galileo launch went by the book: the first three Soyuz... read more

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European migrant crisis spurs UAS maritime surveillance testing

May 23, 2016By
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Maritime operations have been brought into focus in Europe by the unprecedented migrant crisis. As part of the response to this crisis, the EU border patrol agency Frontex is in the planning phase of adding remotely piloted aircraft to its existing portfolio of satellite and sensor technologies for monitoring vessel traffic and migrant flows. The AR5 Life Ray UAS, developed by... read more

New engineering team at NovAtel to deliver safe positioning technology for autonomous vehicles

May 20, 2016By
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NovAtel Inc. announced a new initiative and engineering team to develop functionally safe GNSS positioning technology for fully autonomous applications. The company leverages its extensive experience developing safety-critical systems for the aviation industry to meet the future safety thresholds required for driverless cars and autonomous applications in agriculture, mining, and other government, military and commercial markets. In early 2015, NovAtel... read more

Airbus to provide solar cells for MicroLink Zephyr UAV

May 18, 2016By
MicroLink Devices solar sheets are lightweight and flexible with high specific and aeral powers enabling significant mobile power generation. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/MicroLink Devices)

Airbus Defence and Space has issued a production contract for MicroLink Devices’ solar sheets for use on the new Zephyr S platform. The Zephyr platform is a new class of unmanned air vehicle that operates as a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) enabling affordable, persistent, local satellite-like services. The aircraft runs exclusively on solar power, and the Zephyr aircraft is at the forefront... read more

FAA tests FBI drone detection system at JFK

May 17, 2016By
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The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its government partners are expanding research on ways to detect “rogue” drones around airports. Together, they are evaluating drone detection technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. Over the last two years, the FAA has received numerous reports from pilots and residents about unmanned aircraft systems — UAS, or “drones” — around some... read more

SSTL delivers 22nd — and final — Galileo FOC payload

May 16, 2016By
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Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has delivered the 22nd Galileo navigation payload to prime contractor OHB System in Bremen, Germany. This is SSTL’s final payload under Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Works Orders 1 and 2. SSTL’s FOC payload is based on European-sourced atomic clocks, navigation signal generators, and high-power traveling wave-tube amplifiers and antennas. It will provide Galileo’s navigation, positioning... read more

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Falcon Unmanned CEO to speak at GPS World UAV webinar

May 12, 2016By
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A fourth speaker has joined the line-up of experts in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) who will share their know-how in UAV design and applications in a free GPS World webinar May 19. Chris Miser, CEO and owner of Falcon Unmanned, will discuss a topic important to all of our readers: the practical considerations to integrate a professional GNSS receiver on a drone. The free webinar will take... read more

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