The System: SBAS Agree to Common Message

June 1, 2015By
current coverage (left) of WAAS, EGNOS and MSAS; 
long-term 2020–2025 (right) plan for dual-frequency, dual-GNSS WAAS-EGNOS-MSAS-SDCM-GAGAN.

Aircraft navigation and safety will benefit from enhanced, reliable satellite navigation signals on a seamless basis across much of the world in the 2020–2025 timeframe. read more

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Hey, AU! — Autonomous Unmanned News

May 29, 2015By
A Sensefly eXom UAV inspects a structure.

In this special section, GPS World focuses on automous positioning and navigation technology, including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). SenseFly Launches Intelligent Mapping and Inspection Drone SenseFly launched the eXom, a quadcopter for mapping and inspection, at the AUVSI Unmanned Systems show, held May 4–7 in Atlanta. The 3.7-pound quadcopter offers professionals such... read more

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FAA’s UAS Test Sites Receive Blanket Authorizations

May 28, 2015By

The nation’s six unmanned aircraft system test sites now have blanket authorizations to fly drones and no longer have to seek authorizations for each type of aircraft flown, according to new Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The new regulations streamline the approval process for UAS research by the test sites. They also allow those with only a recreational- or sport-pilot certificate to... read more

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Encouraging Signs for Commercial UAVs

May 20, 2015By
Amazon’s Prime Air "Delivery Drone.”

The AUVSI show in Atlanta, held May 4-7, drew significantly more attention from TV media this year, as several of the major networks provided live coverage from the show floor. NBC’s Today morning show opened with a live shot of a drone hovering in front of an opening house door, as if patiently waiting to deliver a package from Google or... read more

FAA Selects Mississippi State as Center of Excellence for UAS

May 8, 2015By

After a rigorous competition, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected a Mississippi State University team as the FAA’s Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (COE UAS). The COE will focus on research, education and training in areas critical to safe and successful integration of UAS into the nation’s airspace. The team brings together 15 of the nation’s leading... read more

Model Plane Fliers to Get Real-Time, Location-Based Flight Safety Info

May 6, 2015By

Today’s second announcement of a new UAV-related initiative by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) was directed at private citizens: model airplane enthusiasts and hobbyists, also called modelers — not at industry or commercial use. See this story for information on the Pathfinder program for commercial drone use. A soon-to-be released smartphone app will proved users with real-time information on flight... read more

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FAA, Industry Partners Launch Pathfinder Program to Define UAV Integration into Airspace

May 6, 2015By

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced two new initiatives related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) today at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Unmanned Systems 2015 conference in Atlanta, Ga. Pathfinder, the first initiative, announced in the morning, is reported here. The second initiative is an app in development to enable drone hobbyists to fly their craft... read more

Exelis and FAA Test Sites to Research UAS in National Airspace

May 5, 2015By

Exelis has signed agreements with four Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-designated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test sites for airspace situational awareness and research. The research will focus on using the Exelis Symphony RangeVue sense-and-avoid tool towards safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system.  Under the terms of the agreements, the test sites will gain valuable real-time and historical situational... read more