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December 4, 2018

STMicroelectronics’ GNSS Module Leverages Teseo III Chip

STMicroelectronics has made its Teseo III satellite-navigation receiver accessible to a wider designer community by introducing the Teseo-LIV3F module, which integrates essential features to speed application development and also adds up to 16Mbit of Flash memory for firmware updating or data logging without a backup battery.

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By Inside GNSS
October 31, 2018

Criminal Investigation Underway in GPS Jamming Incident That Crashed Drones, Caused HK$1M in Damage

More than 40 drones performing in a professionally organized light show fell from the sky in Hong Kong Saturday after the GPS signal they were using was jammed. The incident, which caused some HK$1 million in damage (U.S. $127,500), is now under criminal investigation.

The firm Sky Magic, which uses a customized fleet of performance dronesto do indoor and outdoor light shows, confirmed the incident but declined to discuss details of what happened because the investigation was still underway. The company, which has offices in the UK and Singapore, said it would provide more information once the investigation was concluded.

The unmanned aircraft were part of a 100-drone show that was cancelled after an outside party interfered with their operation, Asian news outlets reported. The light show was being performed in conjunction with the annual Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival.The planned seven-minute show featured 100 rotorcraft with LED lights honoring the 10th anniversary of the festival by forming the outline of a birthday cake and the number 10.

The drones were lost during a show Saturday, October 27. Shows already had been done Thursday and Friday.

“After initial checks, the GPS signals for the drones were found to be interfered [with] by external parties and the board reported the issue to police immediately,” organizers said in a press release, according to the South China Morning Post.

“These are professional drones, which are already built with technologies that would direct them back to the takeoff origin,” Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Executive Director Anthony Lau told the Morning Post, “but the signals were so strong that many of them just dropped from the air.”

Lau said an initial police investigation ruled out the possibility that the machines had been hacked.

“They [the police] were here all night working with us, and our vendor, and looking into all sorts of possibilities, and have come to the conclusion that it is not computer hacking,” Lau said. “It is because someone jammed the GPS signal.”

By Inside GNSS
May 29, 2018

Commercial UAV EXPO Returns to Las Vegas in October

 

Commercial UAV EXPO Americas 2018 takes place October 1-3 at The Westgate in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you register by May 31, you can save $300 and also enter for a chance to win two free hotel nights.

A successful drone operation depends on reliable and up-to-the minute information. It’s not easy to keep up when the technology and regulations are constantly evolving. Fortunately, this event brings together the key people, the newest technology and the education you need for success — Commercial UAV Expo Americas. 

Here’s a sample of the conference programming:

Plenaries:

  • Regulatory & UTM Updates
  • IPP Update & Progress to Date
  • Powering Drones — Latest Developments
  • Security: Data, Hacking, Counter-Drone & Privacy
  • Drone Programs: In-House or Outsource?
  • Urban Air Mobility: What the Sky will Look Like in the Future

Vertical Industry “Deep-Dive” Tracks:

  • Construction
  • DOTs & Infrastructure
  • Mining & Aggregates
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Process & Power
  • Public Safety
  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Utilities
  • Wind Turbines, Cell Towers, Large-Scale Solar

Below is a selection of confirmed speakers:

  • Greg Agvent, CNN
  • Assel Ayapova, AES
  • Jaz Banga, Airspace Systems, Inc.
  • Sam Billingsley, Ragan-Smith Associates
  • Robert Blair, Three Canyon Farms
  • David Boardman, Stockpile Reports
  • Philip Buchan, Cyberhawk Innovations
  • Andrew Carey, Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper
  • Gary Cathey, California Department of Transportation
  • Darshan Divakaran, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Todd Domney, Sumac Geomatics
  • Douglas Spotted Eagle, Sundance Media
  • Lisa Ellman, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Dan Elwell, FAA
  • Richard Fields, Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Dyan Gibbons, Trumbull Unmanned
  • Shayne Gill, AASHTO
  • Jason Goodick, Entergy Services, Inc
  • Lewis Graham, AirGon LLC
  • Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department
  • Young Kim, Digital Harvest
  • Matthew Klein, US Bureau of Reclamation
  • Brad Koeckeritz, US Department of the Interior
  • Richard Lopez, Hensel Phelps
  • Jeff Lorton, Duke Joseph Agency
  • Daniel Marek, Nevada Highway Patrol
  • George Mathew, Kespry
  • Harold Miller, Entergy Services, Inc.
  • Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department / Lake County UAS
  • Anil Nanduri, Intel
  • Michael Perry, DJI
  • Harrison Andrew Pierce, San Diego Homeland Security
  • Art Pregler, AT&T
  • Michael Ralston, Menlo Park Fire District
  • Michael Singer, DroneView Technologies
  • Colin Snow, Skylogic Research
  • Dave Truch, BP
  • Callum Walter, Queens University
  • Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells & Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Tracy Wilkinson, Renton Police Department
  • Mike Winn, DroneDeploy

Precision measurement professionals rely on Commercial UAV Expo to deliver the high-level content and quality programming they need for complex projects.

Check www.expouav.com for continual updates and here to register.

 

By Inside GNSS
May 7, 2018

MicroPilot Integrates Trimble’s High-Precision GNSS into its Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot

MicroPilot and Trimble have entered into an agreement that will enable the integration of Trimble’s high-precision Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) technology into the MP2128 Triple Redundant UAS Autopilot.

MicroPilot produces autopilots for all types of professional drones, including fixed-wing, multi-rotor and vertical take-off and landing (VTOL). As Trimble looks to gain market share in the UAS industry, the team at MicroPilot can offer their years of expertise integrating guidance, navigation and support systems in these platforms.

“MicroPilot has phenomenal integration abilities,” Trimble’s Strategic Initiatives Director for Wireless & UAV InTech Division Joe Carey said during this year’s AUVSI XPONENTIAL conference in Denver. “They have a team that integrates the autopilot into the airframe. We want to be integrated into as many airframes as possible. It’s an emerging market and we want to be part of it, but we don’t want to be in the airframe business.”

Integrating autopilots can be difficult because a lot of settings have to be fine-tuned, Carey said. The team at MicroPilot offers support through the design cycle and completes extensive testing to ensure they provide a reliable autopilot that safely guides and controls drones.

MicroPilot works closely with high-end drone companies that make high-capability systems and wanted to join forces with a professional GNSS manufacturer that could support the precision and reliability needs of their customers, said Howard Loewen, President of MicroPilot. Trimble is a leader in this category and will be able to support MicroPilot customers with product development, testing and operations. Trimble’s GNSS receivers are used for many applications, including robotics and autonomous vehicle guidance.

“We’ll benefit from better technical support and better access to their technical team and vice versa,” Loewen said. “We’ll be able to take better advantage of all the features Trimble products have to offer.”

By Inside GNSS