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GeoWrap: Airbus adds extra precision to Sentinel-3 satellite altimetry; Xcel Energy announces a new milestone for drone technology and more

Airbus adds extra precision to Sentinel-3 satellite altimetry

Spain: A new highly precise MicroWave Radiometer (MWR) built by Airbus is ready to start operations after the launch of the Sentinel-3B satellite built by Thales Alenia Space as prime contractor for this program. It is one of the essential instruments of the Sentinel-3 spacecraft, measuring atmospheric humidity as supplementary information for tropospheric path correction of the altimeter signal. In addition, MWR data is useful to measure surface emissivity and soil moisture over land, surface…(Read More)

Xcel Energy announces a new milestone for drone technology

US: Xcel Energy, a leader in using drone technology to inspect energy infrastructure, will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly unmanned aircraft beyond the operator’s line of sight when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver, Colorado. Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration announced it authorized the flights. The FAA’s decision to allow these flights is unprecedented in the utility industry. “Xcel Energy is honored to be the first utility to conduct flights that will enhance…(Read More)

Exyn and Velodyne LiDAR create fully autonomous indoor aerial vehicles

US: Originating from the University of Pennsylvania’s GRASP Labs, Exyn Technologies has commercialized groundbreaking research to build its proprietary AI software, exynAI™, technology from the ground-up. Today, Exyn Technologies provides leading AI software and A3R hardware, which together form its fully autonomous aerial robot that safely executes complex missions in high-value commercial operations. Velodyne LiDAR’s VLP-16 Puck LITE LiDAR sensors are now integrated into Exyn Technologies…(Read More)

FLIR System’s investment in DroneSense to empower UAV First Responder Programs

US: FLIR Systems and DroneSense have announced that FLIR has completed a strategic investment in DroneSense, makers of a unique software platform that serves the growing needs of public safety organizations in utilizing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to better perform their missions. The minority investment by FLIR in DroneSense will create opportunities for the companies to collaborate and share their respective expertise and customer relationships to develop and bring to market advanced…(Read More)

EarthNow to deliver real-time video via large satellite constellation

US: EarthNow LLC announces intent to deploy a large constellation of advanced imaging satellites that will deliver real-time, continuous video of almost anywhere on Earth. The latest company to spin-out from Intellectual Ventures, EarthNow recently closed a first round of financing with investments from Airbus, the SoftBank Group, Bill Gates, and Greg Wyler. The initial funding focuses primarily on maturing the overall system design to deliver innovative and unique real-time Earth observation services…(Read More)

Alibaba confirms developing self-driving vehicles

China: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group has confirmed that it has been working on autonomous driving technology, as per The China Daily. Wang Gang, Chief Scientist at the company’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) Labs, is leading the research team and it have made rapid progress. According to Xinhua news agency, the company’s research aims to reach Level 4, which means the self-driving vehicle can fully drive itself without any human behind the steering wheel. Chinese authorities issued regulations…(Read More)

InfraWorks Collaboration Enterprise cloud collaboration with BIM 360

UK: Teams can now collaborate on InfraWorks models using the Autodesk® BIM 360® platform. This enterprise-based platform allows companies to better manage project data—controlling access to project-specific libraries with roles and permission settings. With this cloud-based solution, users can select a BIM 360 project in which to store new InfraWorks models created with Model Builder. Team members can also take advantage of the BIM 360 document management functionality to view…(Read More)

Aerospace highlights lessons learned from space sector public-private partnerships

US: The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy (CSPS) released a new publication that explores the growing popularity of public-private partnerships. The policy paper, Public-Private Partnerships: Stimulating Innovation in the Space Sector, outlines a phased approach for strategizing, planning, and implementing such collaborative arrangements for space-based services and how to optimize the best outcome for all. “Governments seeking to provide satellite…(Read More)

Geospatial data making a difference in Commonwealth nations

UK: Commonwealth nations can pave the way for the rest of the world when it comes to geospatial data and innovation, say Ordnance Survey (OS). At the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in London, Ordnance Survey will champion the use of geospatial data and the critical role it plays in creating the prosperity and well-being of future generations. Fresh from delivering a series of successful projects that grew geospatial data expertise and capacity among Commonwealth…(Read More)

NanoRacks, ALTEC, Thales Alenia Space announce international business development partnership

US: NanoRacks has announced that the Company will be pursuing International Space Station opportunities in cooperation with ALTEC and Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales 67% and Leonardo 33%. To pursue these opportunities, NanoRacks will be staffing its first formal European-based office at ALTEC’s facilities in Torino, Italy. The office will serve as a business development hub for European and Asian customers. International customers will enjoy NanoRacks end-to-end turnkey…(Read More)