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Volvo Presents System for Integrating Autonomous Cars into Traffic

February 23, 2015By
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Volvo Cars has a complete system solution that makes it possible to integrate self-driving cars into real traffic, with ordinary people in the driver’s seat. The automaker presented its planned system in an online press conference Feb. 19. “We are entering uncharted territory in the field of autonomous driving,” said Peter Mertens, senior vice president of Research and Development, Volvo Car Group. “Taking the... read more

When in Rome…Check Galileo’s Performance

February 20, 2015By
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The Thales Alenia Space plant in the eastern suburbs of Rome is home to a facility that provides a troubleshooting platform for the Galileo ground network and an assessment of the performance of the satnav constellation. read more

Third, Fourth Galileo FOC Satellites Confirmed Fit for Soyuz Launch

February 17, 2015By
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The third and fourth Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) satellites are a confirmed “fit” for their Arianespace Soyuz launch March 27, having made initial contact with the mission’s dual-payload dispenser in French Guiana, according to Arianespace. The fit check was completed over a two-day period inside the Spaceport’s S1A payload preparation building. The two satellites were installed separately, with the... read more

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FAA Proposes New Rules for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

February 17, 2015By
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  The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system for commercial purposes. “We have tried to be flexible in writing these rules,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta in a statement. “We want to maintain today’s outstanding level of aviation safety without placing an... read more

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PlanetiQ Plans GNSS Weather Constellation

February 10, 2015By
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The company PlanetiQ plans to use GNSS to make real-time weather forecasts. PlanetiQ plans to launch a commercial weather satellite constellation by 2017, composed of 12 to 18 small satellites that will capture data as GNSS satellites pass through Earth’s orbital horizon. The satellites will use radio occultation to collect data that will supplement computer models on weather, producing more accurate and timely weather forecasts and assessments,... read more

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