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FAA unveils UAS rule, begins drone registry Dec. 21

December 14, 2015By
The popular DJI Phantom 3. (Photo credit: DJI)

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Dec. 14 an official rule and registration process for hobbyists who own small unmanned aircraft weighing more than 0.55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, including payloads such as on-board cameras. The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation — for example,... read more

Lockheed Martin conducts collaborative unmanned systems demonstration

December 11, 2015By
The Stalker and K-MAX operated in collaboration with a prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system, which provides essential capabilities to enable safe UAS operations. (Photo: Lockheed Martin)

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated its ability to integrate unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operations into the National Airspace System (NAS) using its prototype UAS Traffic Management (UTM) capabilities. During the demonstration on Nov. 18, the Stalker XE UAS provided data and a precise geolocation to the unmanned K-MAX cargo helicopter, which conducted water drops to extinguish a fire, while the UTM tracked... read more

InvenSense licenses inertial navigation tech to Huawei

December 11, 2015By
Huawei Mate 8 smartphone is the first model to incorporate Invensense MEMS technology.

Huawei has licensed the InvenSense Positioning Library (IPL) software sensor-assisted positioning technology for incorporation into the Kirin 950 mobile application processor platforms by HiSilicon. InvenSense is a provider of micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS) sensor platforms. The recently launched Huawei Mate 8 smartphone is the first model to incorporate the HiSilicon and IPL technology. IPL improves smartphone GNSS-only implementations by providing more continuous and... read more

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Galileo satellites 11 and 12 integrated for Arianespace’s year-end mission

December 8, 2015By
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The two spacecraft for Arianespace’s latest Soyuz launch at the service of Europe’s Galileo satellite-based navigation system — and the company’s record 12th mission overall in 2015 — have been integrated at the French Guiana Spaceport in preparation for their Dec. 17 liftoff. The launch of Galileo satellites 11 and 12 — dubbed Adriana and Liene — will conclude a year when the number of Galileo satellites... read more

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Fugro awarded three-year positioning contract for seismic fleet

December 8, 2015By
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Fugro has been awarded a three-year contract by PGS for the provision of precise satellite positioning systems for its seismic vessel fleet. PGS is a leading global provider of marine seismic and electromagnetic services, data acquisition, imaging, reservoir services and multi-client library data. Fugro, provider of precise satellite positioning to the offshore oil and gas industry, will supply PGS vessels... read more

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ESA declares Galileo 7 and 8 fully operational

December 4, 2015By
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News from the European Space Agency Having completed their rigorous checks in space, two more of Europe’s Galileo satellites are now fully operational, broadcasting navigation signals and relaying search and rescue messages from across the globe. Galileo 7 and 8 were launched on March 27 from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Once the satellites were nursed to life in orbit,... read more

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DJI launches company’s first agriculture drone

December 3, 2015By
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Unmanned aerial vehicle maker DJI has launched of a smart, crop-spraying agricultural drone. The DJI Agras MG-1 is dustproof, water-resistant and made of anti-corrosive materials. It can be rinsed clean and folded up for easy transport and storage after use. The eight-rotor Agras can load more than 10 kilograms of liquid for crop-spraying and can cover between seven and 10 acres per hour.... read more

PlanetiQ signs weather satellite launch contract with India’s Antrix

December 3, 2015By
24 hours of data from 12 PlanetiQ satellites = ~34,000 occultations/day.

PlanetiQ has signed a contract with Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), for the launch of PlanetiQ’s first two weather satellites on a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) during the fourth quarter of 2016. Ten more satellites are planned for launch in 2017 to complete an initial set of 12 satellites that will... read more