GeoWrap: Why we need small satellites; Uber will open $24 million flying...

GeoWrap: Why we need small satellites; Uber will open $24 million flying taxi research center in Paris

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Uber will open $24 million flying taxi research center in Paris

Ride-hailing giant Uber on May 24 announced that it will open its first research center outside North America in Paris, where it will spend $24 million over the next five years to develop its autonomous flying taxi technology. Back in 2016, Uber created its Elevate program to build all-electric, vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft powered by distributed electric propulsion. As part of that initiative and other autonomous vehicle efforts, Uber has opened advanced technology offices in Pittsburgh, Toronto, and San Francisco. Read More…

EU preparing for second-generation Galileo

The European Commission has published a contract notice for procurement of Galileo transition satellites. Tenders or requests to participate are to be submitted by June 20. The contracting authority, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), wishes to procure new Galileo transition satellites with evolved specifications to ensure the continuity of the Galileo constellation in 2025-2026 and initiate the transition from the 1st generation to the 2nd generation of Galileo satellites. Read More…

EU seeks Nigeria partnership to market Galileo and Egnos

A three-man delegation from the EU visited the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP) in Abuja, Nigeria, to market Galileo and Egnos Satellite navigational signals and discuss partnership and exchange experiences on market development opportunities to grow their global programme. Read More…

AGI establishes commercial deep space radar tracking system

Analytical Graphics Inc. (AGI), in partnership with a Canadian company, announced on May 23 that it has established the first commercial radar system capable of tracking objects in geostationary orbit and beyond. AGI and Thoth Technologies said they have set up a radar system on a 46-meter antenna at the Algonquin Radio Observatory in Ontario. The system is capable of tracking objects out to distances of 50,000 kilometers, and can detect objects about two meters across on GEO. Read More…

Uber shuts Arizona self-driving programme two months after fatal crash

Uber has shut down its self-driving car operation in Arizona two months after a fatal crash involving one of its vehicles, the company said on May 23. Uber Technologies is not shuttering its entire autonomous vehicle programme and will focus on limited testing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and two cities in California, a spokeswoman said. The ride-hailing company aims to resume self-driving operations this summer, likely with smaller routes and fewer cars, she said. Read More…

Tinder announces ‘Places’ feature for more refined location-based matches

Developers of the dating app Tinder is improving the way they match users with the launch of a new service called Places. According to reports, Tinder Places goes live this week through a public beta. However, the rollout of the new feature will be limited to three cities including Australia’s Sydney and Brisbane, as well as Santiago, Chile. Tinder Places was also previously tested on closed beta within these cities. Read More…

Israel’s new $200 million satellite sparks controversy

Israel’s space industry has found itself the subject of controversy, as allegations about political deal-making and a state bailout at the taxpayers’ expense clash with a government citing national security as justification for its decisions. State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries in late March lost out to an American firm on a contract to build the AMOS-8 communication satellite for the private company Spacecom. The satellite operator’s decision to go with the cheaper American competitor stoked fears that it could spell doom for Israel’s domestic satellite production, as Spacecom is the only customer for IAI’s satellite department, which also builds the Ofek line of spy satellites. Read More…

Regulators want drones to have visible ‘license plates’

When you register a drone with the FAA, you’ll get a government-issued ID number you can put as a note inside the battery compartment or any other internal part of the machine. In the future, though, you may have to make sure that number is perfectly visible — sort of a like small license plate for your UAV. Bloomberg has discovered a proposed rule filed earlier this month that would “require small unmanned aircraft owners to display the unique identifier assigned by the FAA upon completion of the registration process on an external surface of the aircraft.” If it becomes an official rule, you’d no longer be allowed to keep that number hidden. Read More…

Blogs

Citizens at the heart of smart cities

Citizens are an important aspect of smart cities. A city cannot be built smart until and unless citizens do not participate in the transformation. So, know the role of citizens in building smart city. Read More…

Ensuring safety and security among the major concerns of smart cities

Safety and security is among the main concerns in any city. Citizen wellbeing requires that security measures are adequate and law enforcement is well prepared and trained to effectively combat the breach of law and apprehend the miscreants. Read More…

Focus on analytics, not data chasing: Daryl Madden, Textron Systems

Textron has a long legacy of solutions and established productline to help customers deal with geospatial data. In a candid interview with us, Daryl Madden, Senior Vice President and General Manager – Geospatial Solutions, Textron Systems, talks about the latest innovations from the company, the trends in data analytics and much more. Read More…

 

IoT underpins the smart city ecosystem of the future

IoT( Internet of Things) would soon leave its imprint on every field imaginable, from modern modes of transportation to security, communications, and healthcare. The unimpeded interconnection and seamless interplay of various technologies are also essential for smart cities. So for the layout of a smart city ecosystem, the role of IoT would be pivotal in ensuring that multi-spectra delivery of services is ensured in the city. Read More…

Videos

Why we need small satellites

People are always thinking why we need so much imagery? Is it necessary to cover the Earth on a daily basis? Why do we need small satellites? Read More…