May 17, 2017

Outlook for Civil GNSS Budget: Overcast with a Chance of Cuts 
Though civilian GNSS activities fared reasonably well in the just-signed 2017 federal budget, the White House has already forecast cuts across non-defense agencies next year leaving the funding outlook for civil GNSS programs uncertain at best. (more)  

Galileo Search and Rescue System Officially Launched; Helping Save Lives  
When Inside GNSS first reported on the formal announcement to the start of Galileo Initial Services last December, there was plenty of excitement about the program's potential, and with good reason. ( more)  
Housed in a ultra small package allowing design footprint of < 30 mm2, u-blox's new UBX-M8230-CT GNSS chip offers a unique balance of performance and ultra-low power use for wearable applications. Thanks to the new, innovative Super-Efficient (Super-E) mode, power consumption is cut to a mere 20 mW. Compared with u-blox traditional 1 Hz full power mode, Super-E provides 3x power savings while  maintaining at least 80% of position and speed accuracy in any environment. 

Florida Court Rules Against Law Enforcement Use of GPS Data Without a Warrant
In an opinion released earlier this spring, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled against law enforcement use of data (including GPS-based data) from a car's "event recorder" or "black box" without a warrant. The decision was just one of many in recent months that deals with the subject, as technology advances and privacy issues are clashing on a regular basis. ( more )  
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ICAO Seeks Input in Fast-Track Effort to Develop Drone Flight Framework 
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United Nations agency responsible for working with countries to develop and adopt global aviation standards, is stretching beyond its regular role to help states develop harmonized rules for managing drone operations - and it's asking for technical input from all sectors, including industry. ( more )  
LKD Aerospace now distributes Honeywell's tactical grade and navigation grade inertial measurement units. These include: HG1700, HG1900, HG1930, HG4930 and the HG9900 IMU. LKD Aerospace also exclusively distributes Honeywell's entire range of accelerometers including: Q-Flex (QA650 through QA3000) and the RBA500 as well as all HI-REL space thermal switches.  Please contact our technical sales group at or (425) 396-0829 for more information or technical assistance. 
Swift Navigation and Carnegie Announce First Joint Product 
Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics (CRL) rolled out their first joint product, a real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS receiver called Duro, at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL trade show in Dallas, Texas, May 8-11. ( more)
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