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Honeywell, U.S. Army to deliver next-gen navigation solution

Honeywell announced it is ready to deliver its EAGLE-M Embedded GPS/Inertial Navigation System (EGI) with M-code capabilities this year, after the United States Army completed the first test flight.

The Army tested the EGI units with enabled M-code on the MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial system and validated it to be deployed on military aircraft. This year, the Army will begin migrating its fleet to the Honeywell EAGLE-M EGI with M-code, as this navigation solution enhances the resiliency of GPS navigation to enemy actions.

Movella and Fixposition partnership

Movella, provider of sensors, software, and analytics, has formed a partnership with precise positioning sensor manufacturer Fixposition to accelerate the development and commercialization of GNSS inertial navigation sensors that implement visual inertial odometry. Movella has introduced the first product to emerge from the partnership between the two companies: the Xsens Vision Navigator.

Synaptics launches SYN4778

Synaptics released the SYN4778, a small, low power, GNSS integrated circuit for IoT devices. It is designed to extend battery life, reduce product size, and enhance performance of advanced location-based services for IoT devices, including wearables, mobile accessories, asset tagging and tracking systems, UAVS and transportation navigation.

Rod-less GNSS receiver for surveying

ComNav Technology launched its Venus Laser RTK, a GNSS receiver with a millimeter-level laser that enables rodless surveying. It comes with an inertial measurement unit (IMU), which can be used in its traditional mode, with a range pole or in laser mode, which does not require a range pole, enabling GNSS surveying beyond typical limitations.

Quectel launch 03 combo antennas

Quectel Wireless Solutions has launched three new combo antennas – YEMN016AA, YEMN017AA, YEMA013AA to help IoT solution designers and developers optimize device performance.

Hexagon advances the integration of its positioning solutions

Hexagon AB has announced a key partnership with ZF Group that will advance the integration of its software positioning engine and GNSS correction services into mass-production ADAS (advanced driver assistance system) and autonomous driving systems. Hexagon’s safety-certifiable software positioning engine and correction services will be integrated into ZF’s ProConnect connectivity platform, which enables full vehicle communication (vehicleto-vehicle, vehicle-to-satellite and vehicle-to-network).

Ban on U-blox GNSS modules in war

U-blox banned the use of its GNSS modules in military UAVs in the war between Russia and Ukraine. The company had become aware that its GNSS modules were being used in certain Russian reconnaissance UAVs and stated that this use was against company policy. It obtained media reports that Russia had stocked up on components in anticipation of war, then integrated products from the company in UAVs it manufactured after attacking Ukraine.

Leica Geosystems launches new locator technology

Leica Geosystems announced its latest solution for utility and excavation professionals. The new Leica DD175 utility locator and Leica DA175 signal transmitter complement the existing Leica DD100 series and help operators easily detect underground utilities to ensure site workers’ safety.

The DD175 is a smart utility locator that connects to the Leica DX Field Shield/ DX Manager Shield software to enable users to connect the site to the office in real-time with fast and stable data transfer.

HawkEye 360 to monitor global GPS interference

HawkEye 360 Inc., announced that Slingshot Aerospace awarded the RF data provider a contract to provide data for Slingshot’s space-based monitoring and detection of RF threats and to support Slingshot’s proliferated Low Earth Orbit (pLEO) Data Exploitation and Enhanced Processing (DEEP) program for the U.S. Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC).

Slingshot Aerospace’s RF analytics solutions help the U.S. Space Force exploit existing commercial satellite telemetry data to readily identify sources of electronic interference, characterize any potential emerging threats, and provide actionable Positioning, Navigation and Timing Situational Awareness.

ASIL positioning engine

Point One’s FusionEngine software, which is rated for automotive safety integrity level (ASIL), is now compatible with STMicroelectronics’ Teseo ASIL Precise Positioning GNSS chipset (TeseoAPP). This assures functional safety as ASIL-B, a requirement for Level 3+ advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

FusionEngine can be integrated into several different host processors that are used for enabling high level ADAS and autonomous driving systems. The combination of TeseoAPP’s receiver and the STA5365S external RF front-end provides dual-band measurement data for all visible GNSS satellites to the main host processor into which FusionEngine is integrated.

Deepspatial announces $1.5m contract in the agricultural sector

Deepspatial has announced that it had won a 3-year contract valued at CAD $1.5M. Using the Company’s Geospatial AI platform and solutions, Government bodies will be able to efficiently conduct and validate crop-cutting experiments, on-field surveys, and other key processes for farmland activities across the state of Uttarakhand, India. The Agricultural project is an initiative of the Directorate of Agriculture, Government of Uttarakhand and is one of the first states in India to roll out a data collection project of this magnitude using new technologies. Overall, the project focuses on providing key data insights for better decision-making and an advanced support system for farmers and government decision-makers.

Rallis India signs MoU with Garuda Aerospace

Garuda Aerospace, India recently signed a MoU with Rallis India Limited, a subsidiary of Tata Chemicals in the agriculture industry. Rallis will supply pesticides and crop nutrients to Garuda Aerospace for a pilot demonstration and spraying of pesticides on fields through drones mainly in the state of Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. The drone pilots will conduct demonstrations on approximately 1000 acres of land. This drone-based solution will also enable businesses to achieve their sustainability goals by helping drive the efficient use of resources.

Russia to launch three Glonass Satellites in 2023

Russia plans to add two Glonass-K satellites and one Glonass-K2 to the constellation this year, Glavkosmos, a subsidiary of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, informed. It also plans to launch one lightweight Angara-1.2 rocket and one heavy-lift Angara-A5 rocket from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in 2023.

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