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FAA releases 'roadmap' for integrating unmanned aircraft systems
Inside GNSS
In major step toward enabling unmanned aircraft to operate freely in the U.S. the federal government released a set of plans on how it plans to integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace, including a policy to help protect the privacy of those living near drone test sites. The FAA unveiled the "Integration of Civil Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System Roadmap," a 74-page document.
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There's a leadership void in addressing critical geospatial issues
Nextgov
Last month, nearly 1,000 global government and industry representatives from around the world attended a Mexico-hosted conference on the economic, societal and governmental benefits of geospatial technology. Notably absent were U.S. government officials. That same week, U.S. officials postponed the nation's largest intelligence event of the year — the GEOINT conference — because the government shutdown precluded U.S. officials from attending.
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What happens to Google Maps when tectonic plates move?
Scientific American
By George Musser: A couple of weeks ago, I was writing up a description of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and I thought I'd compare the warping of spacetime to the motion of Earth's tectonic plates. Nothing on Earth's surface has fixed coordinates, because the surface is ever-shifting. Same goes for spacetime. But then it struck me: if nothing has fixed coordinates, then how do Google Maps, car nav systems and all the other mapping services get you where you're going?
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7 things you might not know about Geography Awareness Week
Directions Magazine
This year, Geography Awareness Week is Nov. 17-23, with GIS Day falling on Wednesday, Nov. 20. The event started in 1987, and this year coincides with the National Geographic Society's 125th birthday. What's new for 2013?

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Reasons to not release data, Part 1: Apathy
Directions Magazine
Staffers at the Sunlight Foundation have reviewed crowdsourced input and their own experience, to compile a number of answers — discussion points, if you will — to help unpack and respond to some of the most commonly cited open data concerns.

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'GIS is not as simple as it used to be'
Directions Magazine
Thierry Gregorius argues the state of GIS, data and IT are a big frustration. And, in the geoscience community the challenges users face with GIS are only getting worse.

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Senate committee approves relaxing satellite remote sensing resolution restrictions
Directions Magazine
NOAA is the authority in this matter and DigitalGlobe made a formal request for a change in restrictions earlier this year. Also, the DoD may have concerns about lowering the legal resolutions captured and shared.
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The New-er Google Maps with More imagery, more StreetView and Pegman
GIS User
Remember PegMan? You know, the cool little guy that helps you navigate around Google maps? Well, Google has brought back PegMan (did you notice he was gone?) Recall, he's the little yellow guy that would drag onto a street map in order to gain access to Google Street View imagery. In addition to the return of PegMan, Google Maps is also offering a host of new features like photo spheres (think 360 degree imagery), Earth Tours (stunning 3-D imagery of buildings) and more.
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Can you handle some good news? Smart grid doing better than expected
Smart Grid News
With the steady drumbeat of existential threats raining down on the electric power industry, it feels strange and unnatural to write you with good news. Yet Accenture just mailed me with the results from a survey of utility executives. Guess what — two-thirds of all utility executives think smart grid benefits will be GREATER than original forecasts.
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Galileo satellites put to the test
GPS World
Europe's next pair of Galileo satellites have been the focus of a busy autumn at the European Space Agency's technical center in the Netherlands, continuing a full-scale campaign to ensure their readiness for space. With the first four Galileos already in orbit, these new versions are the first two of a total 22 Full Operational Capability satellites being built by OHB in Germany with a payload from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. in the U.K.
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