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May 16, 2017

ICAO Seeks Input in Fast-Track Effort to Develop Drone Flight Framework

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations agency responsible for working with countries to develop and adopt global aviation standards, is stretching beyond its regular role to help states develop harmonized rules for managing drone operations — and it's asking for technical input from all sectors, including industry.

May 16, 2017

Outlook for Civil GNSS Budget: Overcast with a Chance of Cuts

Though civilian GNSS activities fared reasonably well in the just-signed 2017 federal budget, the White House has already forecast cuts across non-defense agencies next year leaving the funding outlook for civil GNSS programs uncertain at best.

President Trump signed the fiscal year 2017 (FY17) spending bill on May 5, preventing another government shutdown and ensuring funding for agencies including the Department of Transportation (DoT), which is responsible for supporting civil GPS needs.

May 15, 2017

Florida Court Rules Against Law Enforcement Use of GPS Data Without a Warrant

In an opinion released earlier this spring, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled against law enforcement use of data (including GPS-based data) from a car's "event recorder" or "black box" without a warrant. The decision was just one of many in recent months that deals with the subject, as technology advances and privacy issues are clashing on a regular basis.

May 15, 2017

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Announce First Joint Product

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics (CRL) rolled out their first joint product, a real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver called Duro, at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL trade show in Dallas, Texas, May 8-11.

The companies say Duro is targeted to robotics, precision agriculture, mapping, military, outdoor industrial and maritime markets.

New Builds • May 14, 2017

Hemisphere GNSS Announces New Vector Eclipse H328 OEM Positioning and Heading Board

Hemisphere GNSS announces the Vector Eclipse H328, the next offering in a line of new and refreshed, low-power, high-precision, positioning and heading OEM (original equipment manufacturer) boards. The multi-frequency, multi-GNSS H328 is an all signals receiver board that includes Hemisphere’s new hardware platform and integrates Atlas GNSS Global Correction Service.

New Builds • May 13, 2017

NovAtel Launches New SPAN Land Vehicle Technology

At this week’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 in Dallas, Texas, NovAtel introduced its new SPAN Land Vehicle technology for fixed wheel land vehicle applications. SPAN Land Vehicle is designed to optimize integrated GNSS + INS performance for land vehicles during periods of extended GNSS outage, in low dynamic operating environments, or in dense urban canyons. It ensures that accurate position, velocity and attitude is maintained during such difficult operating environments.



Ventures • May 10, 2017

AGCO Expands Service Offerings for Guidance Systems with NovAtel partnership

AGCO Corporation, a manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment solutions, is expanding its automatic guidance product offering. AGCO Auto-Guide™ and VarioGuide customers using the NovAtel SMART6-L receivers, can now acquire TerraStar satellite correction signals to enhance positioning performance.

New Builds • May 3, 2017

Tersus GNSS Launches Precis-BX306 RTK Board

Tersus GNSS, Inc., a GNSS RTK manufacturing company based in Shanghai, China, recently launched its new GNSS RTK Board, the Precis-BX306.

Featuring 192 GNSS channels, the launch of Precis-BX306 aims at facilitating the applications which need centimeter positioning accuracy and dynamic operation mode, enforcing effective observation data logging and management, and popularizing the adoption of high precision in aerial mapping and drone-related integration.

May 2, 2017

NASCTN Public Meeting to Address Impact of Long Term Evolution Signals on GPS Receivers

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN) will hold a public meeting on May 4, 2017 to inform the public about the NASCTN project “Impact of Long Term Evolution (LTE) signals on Global Positioning System (GPS) Devices”.

April 27, 2017

OCX Passes Deep Dive Review; GAO Says Program Risk Remains High

The new GPS ground system has passed its most recent in-depth review and completed a schedule and budget re-baselining though a new government watchdog report says the program remains at "high risk of cost overruns, schedule delays and performance shortfalls."

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