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Another Beidou navigation satellite successfully launched

Another satellite to join the China’s independent global navigation network successfully launched from the mountainous Xichang spaceport in the southwest of the country. With this, China has launched 44 Beidou satellites since 2000, including test models no longer in operation, and previous-generation spacecraft that provided regional navigation coverage over Chinese territory and neighboring regions. According to the state-run Xinhua news agency, China plans to launch between eight and 10 Beidou satellites this year.

ESCAPE project launches positioning module for autonomous driving

A European Union project has designed and prototyped the ESCAPE GNSS Engine (EGE), a positioning module intended to enable autonomous or semi-autonomous driving functions. Automated vehicles are on the way, and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) sees satellite navigation as a core technology that will help to ensure their safe operation. Recently, the GSA shared its space with the ESCAPE project, a EU-funded initiative that has developed a unique positioning module for autonomous or semi-autonomous driving.

Autonomous vehicles will feature both sensor-based and connection-based solutions for a variety of vehicle services. Ultimately, the GSA sees a “converged solution” as the best alternative, combining the strengths of both approaches. By integrating sensor data and connectivitybased information, operators can reduce the need for the most expensive sensors and at the same time save money on infrastructure.

The Fundamental Elements-funded ESCAPE project has designed and prototyped the ESCAPE GNSS Engine. It is a unique positioning module that combines precision GNSS and 4G connectivity, for the highly accurate and reliable positioning capabilities required to make automated driving a reality. The ESCAPE unit also provides for the integration of other data from the vehicle.

Hexagon AB acquires Thermopylae Sciences and Technology

Hexagon AB has announced the completion of the previously announced acquisition of Thermopylae Sciences and Technology. It is a Virginia, USAbased software provider serving both the U.S. government and private sector markets with geospatial applications, mobile frameworks and cloud computing for enhanced location intelligence.

New generation satellites to join GLONASS system early 2020

New generation satellites will join the navigation system GLONASS at the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020, the deputy CEO, deputy general designer for development and innovations of the JSC M.F. Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Yuri Vilkov has recently said.

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