Technology

Raytheon, AirMap work on integrating drones into national airspace

July 3, 2019By
Image: Raytheon

Raytheon Company has signed a strategic agreement with AirMap, an airspace intelligence platform for drones, to collaborate on projects to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems (UAS) into the national airspace system. This will help unlock the positive economic and social benefits of expanded commercial drone operations, the companies said. Unmanned air traffic control advances will unlock safe, efficient and scalable... read more

LandViewer’s change-detection tool runs in a browser

June 19, 2019By
A difference image showing the extent of deforestation in Madagascar between 2016 and 2018; generated from two Sentinel-2 satellite images. (Image: LandViewer)

A major use of remote sensing data is to compare images of an area taken at different times and identify the changes it underwent. With a wealth of long-term satellite imagery in open use, detecting such changes manually would be time-consuming and most likely inaccurate. To address this, EOS Data Analytics has introduced an automated Change Detection tool to its... read more

Maptitude for Redistricting ready for 2020 cycle

June 13, 2019By
Screenshot: Mapitude

Maptitude for Redistricting is designed specifically for anyone involved in or preparing for the 2020 redistricting cycle, from novice to professional users. Maptitude for Redistricting 2019 has new partisan competitiveness reports, adds access to imagery layers, and allows users to save and share their plans in a variety of formats. New features include: Speed improvements provide faster access to maps... read more

Phase One offers 3 high-performance, high-altitude lenses

June 4, 2019By
Photo: Phase One Industrial

Phase One Industrial has expanded its RS and RSM lens offering with three new high performance lenses for high-altitude aerial photography and long-range aerial and ground inspection applications. The 300mm AF, 180mm, and 150mm MK II lenses are designed to enhance the performance and flexibility of Phase One Industrial’s iXM-RS and iXM aerial camera series. Each offers precision imagery, taking... read more

USGS, scientists test drone-based river analysis

June 4, 2019By
2019 Aquatic Airshow participants at Androscoggin River in Auburn, Maine, on May 1. (Photo: Mario Martin-Alciati, USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and independent scientists gathered in Auburn, Maine, to evaluate the use of sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to gauge stream stage, velocity, bathymetry and discharge. The technology is being evaluated and modeled to determine whether it will support the fast, accurate and safe measurement of rivers, especially when they are flooded or contain floating trees,... read more

Ocean mapping, exploration inventions honored with XPRIZE

June 3, 2019By
ODXP Competition Final Round 2 Testing in Kalamata, Greece. (Photo: XPRIZE)

With more than 80 percent of the world’s oceans unmapped, the deep ocean is one of the last unknown areas on Earth. On May 31, teams with unique exploration solutions were honored with the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. XPRIZE is a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The teams invented new technologies... read more

Thermal drone designed for efficient solar farm inspections

May 15, 2019By
Photo: SenseFly

The new senseFly Solar 360 UAV is designed to enable the automated and efficient inspection of solar farms. SenseFly has introduced its senseFly Solar 360. Created in collaboration with software company Raptor Maps, the offering is an efficient thermal drone solution that enables the automatic assessment of solar plant performance at a sub-module level, the companies said. Created by combining... read more

Positioning sensors and geospatial intelligence advance in the 5G landscape

May 13, 2019By
Aerial Imagery reveals signal (green lines) interference (red lines) from buildings — even 30 cm of obstruction can be significant — between microwave towers. (Near map)

Like instant response when we surf the web, consumers have come to expect clear, consistent call connections when using mobile. read more

New version of Global Mapper SDK supports S-52 marine chart symbology

May 10, 2019By
Global Mapper v.20.1 offers a new zoom tool in the path profile view. (Photo: Blue Marble Geographics)

Blue Marble Geographics has released a new version of the Global Mapper software development kit (SDK), providing software engineers with the means to embed the latest geospatial technology into their custom applications. Version 20.1 incorporates many of the functional upgrades introduced in the recent release of the desktop version of the software. Blue Marble’s GIS software has been used by... read more

GE Aviation brings advanced avionics computing to unmanned vehicles

April 30, 2019By

GE Aviation has introduced a new advanced avionics computer specifically built for military and commercial unmanned vehicles. This new computer provides an open architecture design that integrates vehicle management and advanced mission processing into a compact, lightweight design. GE Aviation made the announcement at AUVSI Xponential, which took place April 29-May 2 in Chicago. “Our customers have told us that... read more