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November 28, 2014

Witnesses: FAA Funding Problems at the Heart of NextGen Problems

Lawmakers meeting to examine reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the agency’s work on the GNSS- and satellite-based, next-generation air traffic system (NextGen) weathered a scathing critique of their own efforts — particularly their work on the federal budget.

Inside GNSS • November/December 2014

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Thinking Aloud • November/December 2014

Year 10

Every so often, anthropologists — and maybe a few mathematicians — have a field day puzzling over the origins of our positional base-10 numeral system.

Oh, not the historical origins themselves, the Hindu-Arabic innovations beginning in the 5th and 6th centuries. That’s all pretty much agreed.

No, I’m referring to the possible physiological inspirations, the readily visible digits at the ends of our limbs: 10 fingers, 10 toes.

Coincidence? Does nature have coincidents, or does it abhor them like vacuums — o horror vacui?

December 15, 2014 - December 19, 2014
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Events • November 20, 2014

RIEGL LIDAR 2015 Scheduled for Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China

RIEGL has announced that its next international user conference, RIEGL LIDAR 2015, will be held in Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China,  next May.

“To meet the growing demand of our products in China, we’ve opened a new RIEGL CHINA office just recently. To recognize this development, we will hold our next user conference in Asia. We look forward to welcoming our international and Chinese community to the spectacular cities of Hong Kong and Guangzhou!” said Johannes Riegl Jr., RIEGL Chief Marketing Officer.

Events • November 20, 2014

ING Robotic Aviation Opens New Facility

ING Robotic Aviation officially opened the doors to its new facility in Ottawa earlier this week—representing another step forward in the company’s move into the commercial market.

The Hon. James Moore, minister of Industry Canada, officially opened the Ottawa–Orléans the new 4,000-square-foot office, which houses sales, R&D, marketing, and operations production.

People • November 20, 2014

Brian Wynne Tapped to Lead AUVSI

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the world’s largest professional and industry group for those in the unmanned technology sector, has chosen a private pilot with roots in commercial transportation as its new president and chief operating officer.

Brian Wynne, currently president of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), will be leading the organization as regulators work through the rules needed to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace and car companies build on advances in assisted-drive vehicles.

November 20, 2014

Using Unmanned Systems to Fight Wildfires

Large wildfires can create their own weather and a dynamic, uncertain environment, and that is one of the reasons they’re so dangerous, says Manish Kumar, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering at the University of Toledo.

November 21, 2014

Unmanned Exemptions Requests Pile Up, NTSB Backs Commercial UAS Restrictions

The number of special requests to fly unmanned aircraft commercially has surpassed 130 as firms search for a way around a federal ban on for-pay flights. The new numbers came to light the same day a court decision underscored regulators’ authority to rein in the industry with restrictions unlikely to be lifted until new rules are put in place years from now.

November 21, 2014

Unmanned Innovations Top DoD Wish List

The U.S. Defense Department (DoD) is launching a search for innovative technologies to help U.S. forces to maintain their advantage in the face of gains by potential adversaries, tighter budgets, and an increasingly complex landscape of security challenges.

At the top of the agency’s wish list are advances related to unmanned systems, including miniaturization and robotics as well as systems that can operate more autonomously.

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