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Possible Piece of Galileo Rocket Found on Florida Beach

August 3, 2015By
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A metal object that may be a large piece of a Galileo rocket has been found on a Florida beach. The object appeared to bear the markings of the European Union’s Galileo satellite program, reports the SunSentinel. It was discovered Sunday behind the oceanfront Sun Tower Hotel & Suites in Fort Lauderdale. The mattress-sized fragment  attracted onlookers until late Sunday morning when it was... read more

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Amazon Delivery Drone Plans Include Tiered Flight Zones

July 28, 2015By
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Amazon has announced a plan for its package-delivery drones, according to NBC News. The proposal includes tiered flight zones that would limit small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to slow speeds in airspace below 200 feet and allow them to fly faster for long-distance travel between 200 and 400 feet. Commercial aircraft are governed by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Air Traffic Control,... read more

McKinley Survey Team Returns

July 28, 2015By
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A team of four climbers has returned from the highest point in North America, Mount McKinley in Alaska, with new GPS survey data to determine a more precise height of the mountain’s summit. The data collected will update the commonly accepted elevation of McKinley’s peak, 20,320 feet. The last survey was completed in 1953. The USGS, along with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS),... read more

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Nokia’s HERE Maps sold to BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen

July 27, 2015By
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After months of negotiation, Nokia will sell its HERE Maps division to a consortium of German automakers — BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen — for $2.71 billion, according to the TU Automotive website. Under the agreement, HERE Maps would turn into an open platform that all car manufacturers can use for navigation and mapping inside vehicles, giving automakers independence from companies such as Google for maps and navigation at a... read more

China Launches Two More BeiDou Satellites

July 27, 2015By
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Two BeiDou navigation satellites were launched into medium Earth orbit on Saturday, July 25, at 12:29:04.411 UTC. The satellites are drifting to their designated orbits. read more

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University of Michigan Opens Test ‘City’ for Connected Vehicles

July 23, 2015By
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The University of Michigan (U-M) has opened Mcity, a controlled environment designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles. It is... read more

Live from the 2015 Esri User Conference

July 20, 2015By
The Esri 2015 Exhibit Hall. (Photo: Tracy Cozzens)

More than 16,000 people from 120 countries around the world are expected to converge in San Diego, Calif., this week to discuss the power of maps and applying geography at the 2015 Esri User Conference (Esri UC). The Esri UC and related events are taking place July 18–24, featuring a variety of speakers from a presidential candidate to global first responders. Attendees... read more

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GPS IIF-10 Launches from Cape Canaveral

July 15, 2015By
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UPDATE (July 15, 4 p.m. ET): United Launch Alliance (ULA) officials have declared the launch mission a success. The Centaur upper stage completed its second burn and released the GPS IIF-10 satellite into the navigation network to complete today’s launch of the Atlas 5 rocket. “Congratulations to the U.S Air Force and the entire mission team on today’s successful launch of... read more