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Bullray UAS designed for defense

November 17, 2015By

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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PNTAB and eLoran in the People’s Republic

November 11, 2015By
Boulder Colorado Flatirons. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

That is, in the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado. To those of us who live in Colorado, Boulder is known by this seemingly timeless but absolutely accurate appellation. This stunningly beautiful city located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, known as the Flatirons, is where the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board (PNTAB), which provides independent advice to... read more

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Will Military Take the Autonomous Vehicle Lead?

November 2, 2015By
Jeff Smith, president and CEO of Riptide Autonomous Solutions, holds an unmanned undersea vehicle that has GPS sensors and antenna.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Despite shrinking defense budgets, existing and emerging worldwide threats will make robotic and autonomous systems’ development important for decades, said officials at the Unmanned Systems Defense 2015 conference held here Oct. 27-29. Because America has been at war for more than 14 years, unmanned technology has been developing at a rapid rate, perhaps even faster than emerging autonomous... read more

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Rockwell Demonstrates Next-Gen Military Test Range System

October 29, 2015By

During the first week in September, Rockwell Collins completed Contractor Test and Evaluation flights at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., for the Common Range Integrated Instrumentation System (CRIIS). The demonstration included ground-to-air uplink of GPS correction messages and network services from multiple data-link towers. In cooperation with the CRIIS System Program Office (SPO), contractors and the University of Iowa Operator... read more

Lost Over the Pacific

September 9, 2015By

There I was, well above Angels 40, sound asleep wearing a positive pressure oxygen mask and helmet with the droning of multiple jet engines in the background for company. Then, I was abruptly awoken by an aircrew member urgently calling my name. On waking I noticed that it was colder and darker than I remembered when I had nodded off. The only light was that strange ambient light you only experience at high altitudes, and there was zero radio chatter in my helmet headset. read more

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GPS-Guided Artillery Rounds Will Arm Dutch Howitzers

September 8, 2015By
The latest variant of the Excalibur precision-guided projectile will be used by armies and be available for naval ships.

The Netherlands Ministry of Defense is adding Raytheon Company’s Excalibur Ib artillery rounds to its arsenal under a previously announced foreign military sales agreement, underscoring growing international interest in the precision-guided projectile. The Netherlands is the second Excalibur lb customer in Europe after Sweden, the U.S. government’s development partner for the 155-mm round. Deliveries are expected to begin later this... read more

Madden Joins Lockheed Martin for MILSATCOM

September 1, 2015By
Dave Madden.

On Aug. 24, David W. Madden joined Lockheed Martin’s Military Space Line of Business, where he will be responsible for international military satellite communications (MILSATCOM), based in Denver. Madden served as the GPS Wing Commander at the Space & Missile Systems Center (SMC) in Los Angeles, Calif., before retiring from the U.S. Air Force in May 2010. From June 2010 until his new appointment,... read more

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Canadian Army to Test NovAtel GPS Anti-Jam Antenna

July 6, 2015By
NovAtel's GAJT-AE GPS anti-jam antenna.

Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has selected NovAtel’s GAJT-AE antenna electronics for testing on Canadian Army platforms. The GAJT-AE, developed in Calgary at NovAtel’s global headquarters, is a GPS anti-jam solution suitable for small and weight constrained applications. The testing is being conducted through PWGSC’s Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP). PWGSC will procure a number of GAJT-AE’s on... read more

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