agriculture

March 6, 2017

The Future of Farming: Unmanned Systems in Agriculture – Innovations in Land and Air

This webinar has taken place. A recorded version is available now to those who register.

Farming is a complex business which involves managing variables such as weather, soil and crop inputs to ultimately maximize yield and minimize waste and cost. The webinar will explore how our planet’s future food needs will be met with the aid of agricultural robots, driverless tractors and UAS.

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By Inside GNSS
February 15, 2017

Bad Clocks, Brexit and More Happenings at the European Space Policy Conference

Passive hydrogen maser atomic clock of the type flown on Galileo, accurate to one second in three million years. ESA photo.

Speakers at last month’s 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels wasted no time in addressing the somewhat worrying failure of a number of Galileo onboard clocks, as revealed by European Space Agency Director General Johan-Dietrich Woerner at a press briefing earlier in January in Paris. He made clear at the time that the clock failures, while indeed troubling, had had no effect on the operational integrity of the Galileo system.

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By Inside GNSS
January 26, 2017

GNSS Hotspots

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859
1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman image)
Nouméa ground station after the flood
A pencil and a coffee cup show the size of NASA’s teeny tiny PhoneSat
Bonus Hotspot: Naro Tartaruga AUV
Pacific lamprey spawning (photo by Jeremy Monroe, Fresh Waters Illustrated)
“Return of the Bucentaurn to the Molo on Ascension Day”, by (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto
The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock at 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB in Colorado. This photo was taken in January, 2006 during the addition of a leap second. The USNO master clocks control GPS timing. They are accurate to within one second every 20 million years (Satellites are so picky! Humans, on the other hand, just want to know if we’re too late for lunch) USAF photo by A1C Jason Ridder.
Detail of Compass/ BeiDou2 system diagram
Hotspot 6: Beluga A300 600ST

Tracking illegal logging in Romania, autonomous mining, ancient calendars and Canadian cows

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By Inside GNSS
January 23, 2017

Positioning Technology in Australia Gets a $12 Million Boost

SBAS illustration with the GNSS satellites (upper left) and the communications satellite (upper right).

With the Australian government’s announcement earlier this month that it would invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia, comes plans for testing of satellite based augmentation systems (SBAS) to be undertaken, and for future applications for all four major modes of transport in Australia, as well as for potential safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits.

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By Inside GNSS
January 20, 2017

Swift Navigation Co-Founders Make Forbes 30 Under 30 Consumer Tech List

Swift Navigation co-founders Colin Beighley (left) ands Fergus Noble (right).

Swift Navigation co-founders Fergus Noble (29) and Colin Beighley (28) have been honored in the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Consumer Technology list.

Swift Navigation is a San Francisco-based startup that provides centimeter-accurate real-time kinematics (RTK) GPS and GNSS positioning technology for autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision agriculture, robotics, surveying, space applications and more.

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By Inside GNSS
December 22, 2016

Hemisphere GNSS Names Halsey New President and CEO

Halsey named Hemisphere GNSS President and CEO.

Hemisphere GNSS has named industry veteran Farlin Halsey as its president and chief executive officer, effective January 2, 2017. Halsey replaces interim president and CEO Xinping Guo, who has served in that position for eight months.

In addition, Halsey has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. Guo, chairman and general manager of Beijing UniStrong Science & Technology, which owns 100 percent of Hemisphere GNSS, will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
October 28, 2016

GNSS Notes from InterGEO

Rob Hranak, Swift Navigation vice president of business development, talks about Piksi Multi at InterGEO

This year’s InterGEO in Hamburg, Germany, featured the latest in geospatial wizardry including new navigation and positioning components and boards not only driving progress in the surveying and mapping industries, but also feeding into the wider GNSS user community.

San Francisco-based Swift Navigation came into InterGEO brandishing the all-new Piksi Multi, described as the world’s first affordable multi-band and multi-constellation receiver.

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By Kevin B. Dennehy
September 14, 2016

DHS Continues to Test GNSS Timing for Critical Infrastructure

Because GPS and other GNSS are critical to the nation’s infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is testing an augmentation system and developing new requirements to protect it, a DHS official told the U.S. Department of Transportations’s Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) meeting this week in Portland, Oregon.
 

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By Inside GNSS