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JNC 2016 program available online

March 29, 2016By

The ION 2016 Joint Navigation Conference (JNC) advance program is now available online. The JNC, sponsored by the Military Division of the ION, will be held June 6-8 (FOUO U.S. ONLY) at the Dayton Convention Center, Dayton Ohio; and the U.S. ONLY CLASSIFIED sessions will be held June 9 at the Air Force Institute of Technology on Wright-Patterson Air Force... read more

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US military leads autonomous trend

March 11, 2016By
The helicopter delivered the Land Tamer, Carnegie Mellon's unmanned ground vehicle. (Photo: CMU)

Virtually all unmanned systems use GPS location technology and advanced mapping. As systems evolve, and enemy threats become more sophisticated, new requirements are emerging. The U.S. military is out in front of this trend, developing unmanned autonomous systems at an even faster pace, with more ambitious goals, than the civilian market. read more

Managing editor reflects on a decade with GPS World

March 8, 2016By
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By Tracy Cozzens, Managing Editor In February, I hit the 10-year mark with GPS World magazine. That milestone caused me to stop and reflect on all the changes in my work over the past decade. In 2006, our web presence was mostly taking the print magazine and replicating it on the website, complete with a Table of Contents for the... read more

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Retrofitted Predator succeeds in long-winged flight

March 7, 2016By
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General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has successfully flown the Predator B/MQ-9 Reaper Extended Range (ER) Long Wing craft. The long-wing Predator is retrofitted with improved long-endurance wings, greater internal fuel capacity and additional hard points for carrying external stores. The flight took place Feb. 18 at GA-ASI’s Gray Butte Flight Test Facility in Palmdale, Calif., on a test aircraft. GA-ASI is a a... read more

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ION Joint Navigation Conference abstracts due by Feb. 15

February 3, 2016By

The deadline for submitting abstracts for the Institute of Navigation (ION) Joint Navigation Conference (JNC) is Monday, Feb. 15. Abstracts must be received by Feb. 15 and must be written for public release. For more information and instructions on submitting an abstract, visit the ION website. The JNC is the largest U.S. military positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint... read more

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Insitu Blackjack UAS receives ‘go’ for Navy, Marine ops

January 28, 2016By
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The Navy and Marine Corps’ RQ-21A Blackjack unmanned aircraft system (UAS) received the official green light for operation Jan. 13, marking a major milestone for the program. The program has achieved Initial Operational Capability (IOC), announced Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Aviation Lt. Gen. Jon Davis. IOC confirms that the first Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU) squadron is sufficiently... read more

GLONASS system passes tests for Russian Defense Ministry

December 7, 2015By

Russian Space Systems (RCC) has completed work on the GLONASS navigation system, passing its final tests for the customer, the Russian Ministry of Defense, reports the TASS news agency. The system has not yet been formally adopted by the Ministry of Defense, and remains in the research and development phase, RCC CEO Andrew PKC Tyulin the told the Izvestia newspaper. “We presented... read more

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Bullray UAS designed for defense

November 17, 2015By
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The Bullray UAS is a fully autonomous, amphibious, man-portable tricopter/quadcopter that makes vertical take-offs and landings. Rated IP-67, the rugged design is capable of performing in all weather conditions and doesn’t require a transit case. It can carry a significant sensor payload: GPS, FLIR cameras, lidar, metal detection systems and more. Rapid Composites ­­— builder of high-end UAVs for the... read more

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