TAG: NASA

NASA designs antenna mounting platform for UAVs

February 13, 2017By
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Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have designed an antenna-mounting platform to provide users satellite-based tracking functions for unmanned aerial vehicles. The platform integrates multiple capabilities onto one low-cost platform. In August 2016, NASA signed a license agreement with Mobile Antenna Platform Systems Inc. to commercialize the portable antenna platform. The platform is built to rotate 60 pounds of... read more

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Surrey Satellite GPS receiver to navigate NASA OCO-3 mission

February 9, 2017By

Colorado-based Surrey Satellite Technology US LLC has delivered an SGR-20 space GPS receiver to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to be integrated as part of the pointing control system for NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory—3 (OCO-3) mission. OCO-3 will collect spaced-based measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide and solar-induced fluorescence. Once launched, OCO-3 will be installed and operated on the International Space Station (ISS)... read more

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NASA to hold workshop on autonomous navigation, GNSS, PNT

January 27, 2017By

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) published a notice Jan. 26 in the Federal Register on a planned space navigation workshop. The Workshop on Emerging Technologies for Autonomous Space Navigation is sponsored by NASA Space Communication and Navigations (SCaN) Program. The Feb. 17 workshop is intended to inform industry on evolving positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) technologies and techniques being developed... read more

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NASA launches micro satellites with GNSS receivers for remote weather sensing

December 15, 2016By
Once the deployment module on the Orbital ATK Pegasus XL launch vehicle reaches its final altitude of approximately 510 kilometers above the Earth’s surface, the eight CYGNSS microsatellite observatories will be deployed in opposing pairs over a two minute period. (Image credit: University of Michigan)

Surrey Satellite Technology’s Space GNSS Receiver Remote Sensing Instrument (SGR-ReSI) is the primary payload onboard NASA’s CYGNSS constellation, launched today, Dec. 15, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission is part of the NASA Earth System Science Pathfinder Program that aims to improve extreme weather prediction by studying how tropical cyclones... read more

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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Septentrio to supply GNSS reference stations, timing receivers to JPL

September 14, 2016By
The Septentrio PolaRx5 GNSS receiver.

Septentrio has received a contract to supply 35 high-precision GNSS receivers to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for use in the NASA Global GNSS network (GGN). The NASA GGN is one of the world’s largest global GNSS tracking networks with nearly a hundred reference receivers deployed worldwide and is a participant in the International GNSS Service (IGS). The GGN is... read more

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Sensonor supplies IMUs for NASA’s Raven and asteroid Scout

August 26, 2016By
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Sensonor AS is partnering with NASA to supply current and future low- and near-Earth orbit space missions with inertial and gyroscope modules. The Norway-based company first began supplying its standard inertial measurement unit (IMU) and gyroscope modules for low Earth orbit (LEO) space applications in 2012, beginning with the launch of the NASA-sponsored AeroCube-4 satellite. Sensonor’s STIM300 and STIM210 inertial products are now... read more

Simulyze joins global group for UAS air traffic standards

May 17, 2016By
Range and bearing reading using Mission Insight.

Simulyze Inc., a provider of operational intelligence technology and applications that empower both federal and commercial organizations, today announced its participation as a founding member of the newly launched Global UTM (Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management) Standardization Group, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The group’s founding members include regulators, air navigation service providers, drone manufacturers, drone operators, infrastructure service providers and... read more

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