The return and recovery of payloads from space has long been a trial for aerospace engineers due to the complex combination of technology and cost required for success. Today, a new generation of CubeSats, or miniaturized spacecraft is on a clear flight path to solve this decades-old challenge.
A decade ago, the CanX-2 nanosatellite, part of the Canadian Advanced Nanospace eXperiment (CanX) program to develop a series of low-cost, ultra-light-weight orbital research platforms, launched into low Earth orbit.
Long-endurance, an easy launch and payload-friendly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to support military Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions have long been on the wish list for defense agencies.
China-based XAG manufactures Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) designed to improve farming efficiencies and protect the food supply. Precise positioning is key to this smart farming, which is why XAG relies on a dual-antenna high-precision Real-Time Kinematic (RTK).
Since 2016, Zipline drones, known as Zips, have been delivering blood to remote clinics in the western part of Rwanda. The OEM719 multi-frequency GNSS receiver from NovAtel®, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, has played a critical role, ensuring the fixed-wing drones are in the exact location to safely deliver these life-saving packages.
GPS Solutions, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, and Earth Networks have deployed a system to meet the needs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others that use GPS for determining the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere, giving forecasters access to unique information to drive improved numerical weather prediction.
Today’s farmers, including customers of Brazilian agricultural equipment manufacturer Stara, are leaning on NovAtel®, part of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division, expertise to produce better yields.