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The state of the UAS/UAV industry

March 15, 2017By
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Assessing the health of an entire industry is not an easy task, but talking with industry leaders and looking for examples of growth and investment can help. Our “State of the UAS/UAV Industry” inquiries have lead to discussions with General Atomics, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Aeryon Labs and SensoFusion. SensoFusion might be a little well less known... read more

OriginGPS launches ultra-compact GNSS module

March 14, 2017By
CAPTION: OriginGPS ORG 4500 is designed for ultra-compact IoT applications such as wearables, smartwatches, clothes and pet trackers, drones, connected cars, and health testing and tracking devices.

OriginGPS has released its new ORG 4500 series, which is a fully-integrated product that supports ultra-compact applications for both GPS and GLONASS. The ORG 4500, kin to the ORG 4400 series introduced in 2016, addresses the increasing demand for high precision with the smallest possible footprint, and takes the company’s ultra-small form factor to a new level. “The newest GNSS product... read more

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Drone project increases accuracy despite obstruction

December 7, 2016By
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The second-place winner in this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition aims to improve surveying accuracy in urban canyons or under tree canopies. The project, Drones2GNSS, also took home the Special Prize offered by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Space Geomatica Ltd.’s Tripolitsiotis Achilles joined with Panagiotis Partsinevelos, SenseLab Research, Technical University of Crete, to develop Drones2GNSS. Drones2GNSS includes a prototype... read more

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NASA tests solar-powered Silent Falcon UAS for large-scale operations

October 25, 2016By
NASA’s concept for a possible UTM system would safely manage diverse UAS operations in the airspace above buildings and below
crewed aircraft operations in suburban and urban areas. (Image: NASA)

Silent Falcon UAS Technologies participated in the NASA UTM (unmanned traffic management) project headed up by the NASA Ames Research Center, held this month in Reno, Nevada. NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are working together to identify ways to safely enable large-scale UAS operations in the low-altitude airspace. The growing number of UAS and commercial UAS applications has led... read more

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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

New FAA rules for small unmanned aircraft now in effect

August 29, 2016By
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The first operational rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems, announced June 21, officially take effect today. “People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “These new rules are our latest step toward transforming aviation and society with this... read more

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Rio Olympics reflected technology advances

August 22, 2016By
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The Olympics are great for technology. Yes, the competition held every four years highlights amazing athletes. But its vast support network relies on numerous technologies, including GNSS. GNSS technology helped fans follow the canoe sprint and rowing events in Rio in more detail than before. With GPS devices attached to every vessel, spectators were able to see key data such as... read more

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Unmanned update: Government and industry join to resolve issues

August 17, 2016By
Google tests delivery drones in Australia.

The White House has joined in to support continued growth of the emerging unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technologies are powering a revolution in unmanned flight. Already used by government, by research organizations, and by industry for more efficient and safe applications, drones are now becoming a developing part of the United States economy. A new... read more

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