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4 Galileos launched at once, speeding constellation completion

November 17, 2016By
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An Ariane 5 rocket has launched four additional Galileo satellites, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system. The Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 13:06 GMT (14:06 CET, 10:06 local time) carrying Galileo satellites 15-18. The first pair was released 3 hours, 25 minutes after liftoff, while the second separated... read more

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4 Galileos a ‘go’ for Thursday launch

November 15, 2016By
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This week’s Arianespace flight with four European Galileo navigation system spacecraft has been approved for a morning liftoff on Nov. 17 following the launch readiness review held Monday at the Spaceport in French Guiana. Designated Flight VA233 in Arianespace’s numbering system, the launch will deploy its quartet of Galileo spacecraft during a nearly four-hour flight, with liftoff set at exactly 10:06:48 a.m.... read more

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Four Galileos now atop Ariane 5 launcher

November 11, 2016By
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From the European Space Agency Europe’s next four Galileo navigation satellites are together on their dispenser atop the Ariane 5 launcher due to launch them next Thursday from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Having been attached to their dispenser as a combined upper composite, the four 715-kg satellites were transported to the final assembly building on Oct. 31. The next step... read more

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Near Earth Autonomy secures NASA award to advance safe UAS flight

November 10, 2016By
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Near Earth Autonomy, a specialist in autonomy solutions for unmanned aircraft, will support NASA’s mission to introduce unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace (NAS). The contract was awarded through the NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Under this award, Near Earth will develop and demonstrate technologies that enable safe unmanned aircraft operation in the case of unexpected contingency situations.... read more

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US Navy awards Raytheon $255 million for precision landing

November 8, 2016By
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System equips the F-35 and unmanned aircraft with safer, more accurate landing guidance   The U.S. Navy has awarded Raytheon Company a $255 million contract for development and production readiness of its next generation precision landing system. The Joint Precision Approach and Landing System uses GPS satellite navigation to provide more accurate landing guidance for manned and unmanned aircraft, replacing... read more

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Spectratime launches Force 2020 atomic clock for defense

November 7, 2016By
The Spectratime Force 2020 Rubidium clock is designed for the defense market.

Spectratime, a provider of high precision atomic clocks and a business of the Orolia Group, has launched the Force 2020. The Force 2020 is a rugged, anti-vibration, GPS/GNSS-lockable, ultra-low-noise Rubidium atomic clock for highly dynamic defense platform applications. According to Pascal Rochat, managing director of Spectratime, “Next-generation defense airborne radars, drones, helicopters, secure shipboard and radio communications systems use high... read more

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U-blox cellular module integrates GNSS with LTE modem for IoT

November 7, 2016By
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U-blox has launched the LARA-R3121, a new module comprising a single-mode LTE Category 1 modem and a GNSS positioning engine specifically designed for Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) devices. The LARA-R3121 is designed for IoT applications including smart utility metering, connected health and patient monitoring, smart buildings, security and video surveillance, smart payment and point-of-sale (POS) systems, as well as... read more

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DJI and DroneSAR launch rescue app for first responders

November 3, 2016By
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DJI, maker of unmanned aerial vehicles, and DroneSAR, an Irish tech start-up for search and rescue, on Thursday announced a new search and rescue app that seamlessly integrates a drone’s unique aerial perspective on life-and-death searches into incident management software, ensuring rescue crews can use drones effectively to save lives. DroneSAR can stream live images and video, from a regular or thermal... read more