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Trimble Unveils SX10 Scanning Total Station for Surveying, Engineering and Geospatial Professionals

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Trimble Expands 3D Laser Scanning Portfolio with Addition of New TX6 and Improved TX8

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Trimble Unveils Software GNSS Receiver to Provide High-Accuracy, On-Demand Positioning-as-a-Service for Mobile Devices

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Trimble's New SketchUp Viewer for Microsoft HoloLens Enables Users to Inhabit and Experience Designs

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Trimble Wraps Up its 8th International User Conference with Record-Breaking Attendance

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Trimble Business Center Adds Scanning Module, Third-Party Data Integration and Customizable Reporting

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Robotic Riverbed Survey Vessel Tracked with FOCUS 35 Total Station

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Studies of Easter Island go far beyond its iconic statues. Unmanned aerial solutions are providing new information and efficiency for scientists and island residents, writes Erik Dahlberg

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A team of researchers combined science and adventure to gather important new information on one of the world’s great mountain systems, Pakistan’s Karakoram range, where a climate enigma brings potentially devastating consequences. John Stenmark reports

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“People are captivated by the limitless possibilities unmanned aircraft offer, and they are already creating business opportunities in this exciting new field,” Foxx says. “These new rules are our latest step toward transforming aviation and society with this technology in very profound ways.”.

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GLONASS launches No. 53 to replenish constellation. A Soyuz-2.1b with upper stage Fregat and a GLONASS-M satellite (No. 53) successfully lifted off from Plesetsk Space Center. The satellite was placed into its preprogrammed orbit and registered by the facilities of the Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Centre. Ground control established communications with it. The stable telemetry link shows that onboard satellite systems are functioning normally.

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Registration Now Open for Trimble Dimensions 2016 User Conference. Dimensions 2016 provides insight into how information technology can transform the way professionals work. Attendees will see first-hand how their industry peers use Trimble's end-to-end technology to easily transform data into intelligent, usable information. Attendees will also learn how new tools, processes and ideas can help make a positive impact on their business and discover how to overcome challenges in today's competitive business environment. Throughout the conference, attendees have a variety of opportunities to network with key industry players, nurture existing business relationships and build valuable partnerships.

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U.S. Galileo 9 and 10 now broadcasting navigation messages. Europe’s ninth and tenth Galileo satellites have started broadcasting working navigation messages. The two satellites were launched together on Sept. 11, 2015. Once safely in orbit and their systems activated, their navigation payloads and search and rescue transponders were subjected to a rigorous process of in-orbit testing, to ensure their performance reached the necessary specifications to become part of the Galileo system.

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Air Force successfully launches GPS IIF-12 satellite. The U.S. Air Force successfully launched the 12th Boeing-built GPS IIF satellite aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 8:38 a.m. EST (5:38 a.m. PST) on Feb. 5. “Today’s launch is a significant achievement in the history of GPS, as we launch the last of the GPS IIF satellites to be delivered on-orbit,” said Lt. Gen. Samuel Greaves, Space and Missile Systems Center commander and Air Force program executive officer for space. “The GPS IIF satellite performance has been exceptional and is expected to be operational for years to come.”

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Russia launches GLONASS-M 51 into orbit. A GLONASS-M satellite was launched into orbit on Feb. 7 at 03:21 Moscow time from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome spaceport, reports the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The Russian Defense Ministry successfully launched GLONASS-M 51 (known as 751 in orbit) aboard a Soyuz-2.1b rocket with a Fregat upper stage. Three and a half hours after lift-off, the satellite separated from the upper stage and ground control established communications with it. The stable telemetry link shows that onboard satellite systems are functioning normally.

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Future of Surveying Forum. On January 22, 2016, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) kicked off a national initiative to examine the future of the surveying profession in a face-to-face forum with representatives from 18 key surveying associations, educational institutions, and practitioner constituencies. As one of the media outlets invited (to help with outreach), xyHt will be providing regular content covering the progress of this initiative. Be sure to read our summary of this first meeting (held in San Diego) in the March print issue of xyHt and subsequent regular progress reports.

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U.S. Navy Selects Trimble Survey Solutions for Marine Corps Topographic Missions. Trimble announced today that it has been awarded a five-year IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity) contract from the U.S. Navy to provide survey systems for the U.S. Marines Corps to support topographic missions. The contract is expected to generate approximately $5.8 million over its term. Under the contract, Trimble will supply its Trimble® M7 Anti-Spoofing GPS-S systems, Trimble S9 robotic total stations, TSC3 data controllers with Trimble Access™ field software, Trimble Business Center office software, and the Trimble MX2 mobile scanning system.

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B4UFLY for iOS is now available for free download in the App Store. B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.

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Trimble Adds Kenai Tablet to its Portfolio of Rugged Computing Solutions. Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) introduced today the Kenai™ rugged tablet computer, an all-in-one computing solution that can transport a user's office to the field, forest, desert, manufacturing floor or boardroom. Known for its family of rugged handheld computers, Trimble brings the same durability, reliability and feature-rich design to the Kenai tablet's versatile configuration making it a powerful mobile computing solution for transportation, public safety, field service, forestry, utilities, mapping, insurance and other outdoor or service-related applications.

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GPS artist creates global message of peace on Earth. Assan created a massive, international work of GPS art around the theme of world peace and, in the process, is attempting to break his own Guinness world record for the largest GPS drawing. Yassan is the Guinness world record holder for the largest GPS drawing by an individual. GPS World previously reported on his “Marry Me” project.

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Signed budget includes full GPS funding, except for $2M IIF reduction. On Nov. 25, 2015, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2016, after vetoing a previous version. The enacted NDAA complies with the two-year budget agreement, which called for a reduction in defense spending. The act reduces the GPS IIF line item by $2 million, citing “unjustified support growth” from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, but otherwise recommends full funding for the Air Force GPS program ($936.775 million).

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Expert Opinions: How many GNSS signals for a consumer-grade device? GPS World posed this question to several experts in the receiver design field. Some answers appear here and in the January issue of the magazine. More answers will appear in the February issue.

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