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Airbus to provide solar cells for MicroLink Zephyr UAV

May 18, 2016By
MicroLink Devices solar sheets are lightweight and flexible with high specific and aeral powers enabling significant mobile power generation. (Photo: PRNewsFoto/MicroLink Devices)

Airbus Defence and Space has issued a production contract for MicroLink Devices’ solar sheets for use on the new Zephyr S platform. The Zephyr platform is a new class of unmanned air vehicle that operates as a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) enabling affordable, persistent, local satellite-like services. The aircraft runs exclusively on solar power, and the Zephyr aircraft is at the forefront... read more

Royal Navy adopts iXBlue’s inertial technology

May 18, 2016By
The iXBlue's Marins inertial navigation system.

iXBlue, a navigation and positioning company, is providing 70 Marins M7 to equip 35 Royal Navy major surface ships and submarines as part of the Navigation Compass Programme. The decisions to equip both the Queen Elizabeth-Class Aircraft Carriers and the fourth Astute-Class nuclear-power submarine with iXBlue’s Marins inertial navigation system (INS) were the first steps made by the UK Ministry of... read more

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Congress yanks funding for OCX

May 17, 2016By

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee withheld the full amount requested by the Pentagon for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for OCX, the Next-Generation Operational Control System (ground control) for GPS, heretofore deemed necessary to operate the next generation of satellites, GPS III. The Pentagon had asked for $394 million in the upcoming funding cycle, to enable Raytheon to continue work... read more

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Arcturus VTOL UAS deployed with the Mexican Navy

May 2, 2016By
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Arcturus UAV reports the Mexican Navy has deployed its T-20 Jump fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) UAV for unspecified operations in Mexico. The customer took delivery of the VTOL system in March. The announcement was made at AUVSI’s Xponential 2016. The T-20 Jump is a VTOL variant of Arcturus UAV’s catapult launched T-20 platform. It operates without any special... read more

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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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