Inside GNSS Media & Research

MAY-JUN 2018

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14 Inside GNSS M A Y / J U N E 2 0 1 8 GNSS Hotspots Find out more at GNSS Hotspots online! 1 2 3 4 Indoor Football Drone Training Kansas, USA Kansas State Polytechnic is one of the first and still one of the few universities in the United States to offer a bachelor's degree in unmanned aircraft systems. With this revolutionary new field, Kansas State Polytechnic understands the importance of providing its students with research opportunities, cutting edge technology and equipment and an exclusive education. In March the campus' Applied Aviation Research Center inked an agreement with the Salina Liberty professional indoor football team to capture drone aerial footage for Facebook livestreaming as well as a recent publicity event to drop the game football 35 feet to the referee for the opening kickoff. The collaboration was scheduled to run over six home games through the end of May. Pepperoni Yes, Driver Sort Of Miami USA Ford Motor recently announced that it would launch a service to test self-driving food delivery in Miami, including a pilot period with Domino's Pizza, as well as an alliance with delivery service Postmates. While the vehicles will be outfitted to look like driverless cars, there will actually be one. This set-up will allow the companies to study human interaction with a seemingly driverless car delivering food. Ford also is testing actual self-driving vehicles as it continues to pursue commercially viable technology. The companies expect to gather insights from maneuvering around a more urbanized environment like Miami, and Ford said it expects the information gathered from the project to translate into a real-world self-driving vehicle in the next couple years. Catching Some Rays Paris, France In Europe's economy today, numerous sectors can be affected by space weather. These range from space-based telecommunications, broadcasting, weather services and navigation, through to power distribution and terrestrial communications, especially at northern latitudes. One significant influence of solar activity is seen in disturbances in satellite navigation services, like Galileo, due to space weather effects on the upper atmosphere. This in turn can affect aviation, road transport, shipping and any other activities that depend on precise positioning. The European Space Agency tracks these influences and provided this image illustrating the sun and how its awesome power affects many human activities, including aviation, navigation, broadcasting and communications. Mapping Polar Regions Using UAVs Greenland The mapping of polar regions provides important information for researchers but can be rather challenging. A research group at the University of Zurich is tackling some of these challenges by using UAVs. Dr. Andreas Vieli, head of glaciology and geomorphodynamics in the Department of Geography, and fellow researchers have been using UAV technology in Greenland to successfully monitor the formation of crevasses and the behavior of ice flow on the Eqip Glacier, providing previously unachievable insight. The researchers collected data to monitor how the glacier geometry and ice flow speed evolved over time and they concluded that UAVs offered the most effective and efficient solution. This aerial approach offered significant logistical and safety advantages as the team was able to securely map a previously inaccessible side of the glacier and gather higher-resolution data on demand. Image credits 1. Salina Liberty 2. Ford Motor 3. ESA/Science Office 4. Visit Greenland

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