September 26, 2014
Aviation officials Thursday (September 25, 2014) for the first time approved the use of unmanned aircraft for commercial filming in the United States, opening the door to what is expected to be a slow-building gold rush to the skies.
Six companies received exemptions from the existing rules, which generally ban the commercial use of unmanned aerial systems or UAS. The exemptions were granted to RC Pro Productions Consulting LLC dba Vortex Aerial, Aerial MOB LLC, Astraeus Aeria, HeliVideo Productions LLC, Pictorvision Inc., and Snaproll Media LLC.
Inside GNSS • September/October 2014
In August, a group of scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography reported that the severe drought gripping the western United States in recent years is causing a “uplift” in the western United States.
About the same time, governmental agencies were reporting widespread cases of land subsidence in California’s central San Joaquin Valley caused by overpumping of water from wells there.
GNSS Solutions • September/October 2014
Q: How do you trust centimeter level accuracy positioning?
New Builds • September 20, 2014
Sensonor has announced new features for its STIM300, a small, lightweight micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) that provides non-GPS–aided positioning in multiple domains.
The STIM300 — which can be used underwater, on land and sea, and in aeronautic and astronautic applications — now has real-time g-compensation in al axes and supports rates of up to 2000 degrees/second.
People • September 20, 2014
In his role as president of Hexagon Positioning Intelligence, Michael Ritter has announced the appointment Graham Purves as president & CEO of Veripos, effective September 9.
“Graham has amassed a tremendous level of experience in all aspects of our industry during his over 25 years at NovAtel,” said Ritter, who also serves as president and CEO of the Calgary, Canada–based NovAtel Inc. “This experience and especially his dexterity for sales, marketing, and business development are ideal prerequisites for this next step in his career.”
September 18, 2014
The high-precision GNSS industry should expect to see industry consolidation and a scramble for new markets and innovations as prices for high-end chips and modules continue to slide, experts told attendees at a ION GNSS+ panel discussion in Tampa, Florida, last week (September 11, 2014).
The falling prices could strain R&D budgets, they noted, but could also create opportunity as high-end receivers come within reach of emerging industries like self-driving cars, unmanned aerial vehicles, and are even incorporated into consumer products.
September 15, 2014
Two European proposals to allow pseudolites in the protected frequencies used by GPS and Galileo could soon be adopted, creating a potential interference risk to GNSS receivers and hampering efforts to protect satellite navigation spectrum, experts say.
September 15, 2014
Spirent Federal Systems has announced that the GSS 9000 RF constellation simulator has been reviewed and granted security approval by the U.S. Air Force GPS Directorate.
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