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Syntony rises high by going underground

November 1, 2016By
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Syntony GNSS, a simulator company based in Toulouse, France, has landed a €1 million location infrastructure project for the underground metro in Stockholm, Sweden. Stockholm’s metro stations are deep underground, dug under the sea in and around Stockholm. The metro lacked a system that would enable emergency 911 calls with associated essential localized position information to be carried from within... read more

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Make it real: Developing a test framework for PNT systems and devices

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Tests of the robustness of commercial GNSS devices against threats show that different receivers behave differently in the presence of the same threat vectors. A risk-assessment framework for PNT systems can gauge real-world threat vectors, then the most appropriate and cost-effective mitigation can be selected. Vulnerabilities of GNSS positioning, navigation and timing are a consequence of the signals’ very low... read more

ESNC winner GUAPO a step ahead of civilian drone market

October 27, 2016By
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This year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition centered on the topic of civilian drone use. On Oct. 25 in Madrid, the 2016 edition culminated in an awards ceremony featuring prominent industry representatives and the winners of 32 categories, which included 11 drone applications. Rafael van Frieken, Madrid’s regional minister of education, youth and sport, presented the grand prize to the drone security system... read more

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Microsemi’s new time clock protects against GNSS vulnerabilities

October 27, 2016By
Microsemi's new TimeSource Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock protects against serious threats associated with GNSS vulnerabilities.

Microsemi Corporation has announced its TimeSource Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock (TimeSource Enhanced PRTC), a new system protecting against serious threats associated with GNSS vulnerabilities. It also enables telecommunications and mobile operators to meet the new G.8272.1 recommendation from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The stringent new ITU-T Recommendation G.8272.1 requires accuracy to within 30 nanoseconds (ns) or better when... read more

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4 Galileos ‘topped off’ for November launch

October 24, 2016By
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Fueling operations have begun with the four Galileo spacecraft to be launched Nov. 17 from French Guiana. This will be launch contractor Arianespace’s first launch using its Ariane 5 rocket to deploy Europe’s constellation of navigation satellites. The fueling activity is now underway in the Spaceport’s S3B payload preparation facility. One of the first to be processed is named “Antonianna,” after an Italian child... read more

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After the storm: Drone flights enable speedy cellular inspections

October 22, 2016By
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In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, Verizon used drones for cell-site inspections in North Carolina and South Carolina. The aerial survey shortened cell-site recovery to hours compared to potentially days, based on the severity of flooding. The quadcopter used was operated by Measure UAS, which conducted the flights with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization. Flights used a two-person crew that... read more

UAV inspections: Using drones for powerline monitoring in India

October 22, 2016By
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Drones could soon be inspecting powerlines in India, thanks to a partnership between Sharper Shape and Sterlite Power. Sharper Shape, based in Palo-Alto, California, offers automated drone-based asset inspections. Sterlite Power is a power transmission company in India. Sharper Shape has already spearheaded the adoption of long-distance commercial drone flights for utilities in Europe. In the U.S., Sharper Shape is... read more

12 miles to life: Chesapeake Bay flight shows role for UAS in emergencies

October 21, 2016By
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The University of Maryland (UMD) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, along with and Shore Regional Health, conducted on Aug. 24 the state’s first civil unmanned aerial delivery of simulated medical cargo. Engineers from UMD flew a Talon 120LE fixed-wing aircraft across the Chesapeake Bay with saline solution simulating four vials of Epinephrine to demonstrate the key role that UAS... read more