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Unmanned exemptions requests pile up; NTSB backs commercial UAS restrictions
Inside GNSS
The number of special requests to fly unmanned aircraft commercially has surpassed 130 as firms search for a way around a federal ban on for-pay flights. The new numbers came to light the same day a court decision underscored regulators' authority to rein in the industry with restrictions unlikely to be lifted until new rules are put in place years from now.
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Tiny satellites show us the Earth as it changes in near-real-time
Directions Magazine
VideoBrief Will Marshall, one of the founders of Planet Labs describes the benefits of "small sats" and the scalability of a new generation of earth observation systems.
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NGA on campaign to expand Map of the World
GCN
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency awarded 10 contracts so far this year in a $1.1 billion drive to expand its geospatial intelligence programs, the agency said, as well as to supply ever more data to its Map of the World project. Contracts ranged from a $295 million award to BAE Systems to assist in the collection of geospatial data and network connectivity to a $2 million contract with MapLarge Inc. for a high-performance, search and visualization engine that can render high-resolution datasets.
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US alerts EU against giving Galileo preferential treatment
GPS World
Space News is reporting that the U.S. government has alerted the European Union that any preferential treatment the EU gives to its Galileo positioning, navigation and timing network will likely violate World Trade Organization agreements signed by the United States and the 28-nation EU.
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How US Air Force 19 SOPS puts GPS satellites in orbit
Schriever Sentinel via GPS World
It's been a busy year for members of the 19th Space Operations Squadron. As operators of the GPS launch and early orbit, anomaly-resolution and disposal system, 19 SOPS members executed a historically high number of satellite launches (four), and disposed of a legacy GPS vehicle, all within the past 10 months.
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US power grid hit by hackers 79 times so far this year
Smart Grid News
The attacks on the U.S. electric grid have so far done nothing destructive. No equipment has been damaged and no viruses have taken out part of the grid. But cybersecurity experts and others are justifiably concerned. It is not simply the frequency of the attacks. The Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Readiness Team assessed the 79 attacks at power companies and found evidence of a Russian malware attack in software that manages electric turbines.
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Using GIS to investigate crime and provide evidence in court
Directions Magazine
Gregory Elmes, professor of geography at West Virginia University, co-edited "Forensic GIS: The Role of Geospatial Technologies for Investigating Crime and Providing Evidence," a book of case studies written for researchers, practitioners and students. He spoke with Directions Magazine about the history and current use of location technology in preventing and fighting crime and convicting offenders.
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