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AeroVironment Receives $13 Million RQ-20A Puma AE Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Order for United States Marine Corps

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 25, 2015 — AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) announced it received a firm fixed-price order valued at $13,015,396 for RQ-20A Puma™ AE small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and initial spares packages for the United States Marine Corps on October 27, 2015.

AGI Foresight Report 2020 – Location Intelligence Vital to Connecting a ‘Digital Earth’

November 25, 2015 — Technology and geospatial experts have come together to contribute to a new report which gives insight into the issues, which they believe will have a significant impact on our economy, environment and society over the next five years.

Phase One Industrial Releases Software Development Kit 8.3.3 for Developers of Aerial Systems in Linux, Windows and Mac Versions

COPENHAGEN, November 25, 2015 —  Phase One Industrial today announced the Phase One Software Development Kit (SDK) 8.3.3 in Linux, Windows and Mac OS versions. This SDK provides tools that enable users to build custom applications to control the way Phase One aerial cameras capture and process images. It enables users to precisely control which parameters to apply -- such as capture frequency, exposure values and white balance – while capturing or processing images from a Phase One aerial camera.

University Mapping Consortium to Work with USAID in Pursuit of Development

November 25, 2015 — Texas Tech University and two partner universities were honored during a reception to launch the new Mapping For Resilience University Consortium on Tuesday (Nov. 17) in the Rayburn House Building in Washington, D.C.

ViviSat Remote Sensing License Approved

BELTSVILLE, Md.November 25, 2015 ViviSat LLC announced today that the Commercial Remote Sensing Regulatory Affairs Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the Department of Commerce, has granted ViviSat a license to provide space based remote sensing on up to 10 of its Mission Extension Vehicles (MEVs).    

CartoDB’s Location Intelligence Platform Continues Revolutionizing the Future of Smart Cities

NEW YORK, November 25, 2015 — CartoDB, the leading company for location data analysis and visualization, revealed the first stages of one of the most comprehensive location intelligence projects in development with Mexico City at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona.

Bundeswehr Acquires TanDEM-X Global Elevation Model

November 25, 2015 — Airbus Defence and Space and the German Ministry of Defence have signed a contract for the utilisation of TanDEM-X mission data, to update the Digital Elevation Model (DEM) of the Bundeswehr. The agreement includes both licences for the utilisation of the global elevation data set covering the 150 Mio km² of the Earth’s landmass, and support services for data-management and data-editing, helping to access, edit, store and disseminate the impressive volume of data. Additional support and training will also be provided under the agreement, so users can reap the full benefits of this unique and homogenous global dataset.

FARO Announces New Entry-level Laser Scanner, the Focus3D X 30

Lake Mary, FL, November 2015 — FARO Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:FARO), the world’s most trusted source for 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology, announces the release of the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 30.

Lidar Scanning Can Help Identify Structurally Heterogeneous Forest Areas

November 25, 2015 — The inequality of tree sizes in a forest is an important factor affecting its structure and ecology. Forest management practices favouring natural regeneration can result in greater heterogeneity and complexity of forests, which may be desirable for some purposes, but at the same time makes forest monitoring and management more difficult. A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland analysed the most suitable indicators for expressing size differences among neighbouring trees and developed methods to obtain these indicators using the lidar technology. In this method, forests are scanned with a laser on board a plane, penetrating the canopy and providing valuable information of their entire vertical profile.

OceanWise Marine GIS Workshop Proves Popular

November 25, 2015 — OceanWise, the UK’s leading independent marine data management, publishing and GIS specialists, hosted its annual Marine GIS Workshop in London on Tuesday 17  November. This year’s event considered “why data is important and why good data management is critical to the health of projects, programmes and your company bottom line”. For the second consecutive year the event was fully booked (weeks in advance this time around!). The huge interest highlights a positive change in attitude for many organisations who are starting to understand and realise the potential of GIS in the marine sector.

Forests Could Play a Large Role in Stopping Climate Change

FALMOUTH, Mass., Nov. 25, 2015—Advancing a new strategy to curb global climate change, two Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) scientists say that better management of tropical forests could stabilize or even reduce the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and serve as a bridge to a world powered by renewable energy.

European Data Portal Launched

Luxembourg, November 24, 2015 — The European Commission has launched a quality-assured beta version of the European Data Portal, with more than 240,000 datasets, at the European Data Forum. An international consortium, which is led by Capgemini and of which con terra is a member, is responsible for the implementation.

Trimble Field Link Adds GNSS Capabilities to its Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Construction Layout Solution

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Nov 24, 2015 —Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) construction layout software, Trimble® Field Link, can now be used with the Trimble R8s GNSS receiver. This addition extends Trimble’s portfolio of positioning and scanning solutions for MEP contractors. The solution enables MEP contractors to take advantage of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology when performing outdoor construction layout tasks including utility, open deck, or long distance field layout, while using software designed for the MEP construction layout process.

Speakers Announced for OGC-o-Rabble, 30 November

The OGC will host its ‘Technical Committee’ meeting in Australia. To celebrate this event,  GeoRabble is joining forces with the OGC, to bring you a special ‘OGC-o-Rabble’ session on Monday 30 November, from 5:30 PM at the Swanson Hotel.

Study Incorporates Ecological Processes Into Earth System Models to Improve Climate Change Predictions

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 11, 2015 – A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment ( is launching a new project to enable scientists to look many decades ahead and predict the effectiveness of land management practices in agriculture and forestry to mitigate climate change.

CACI Launches SkyTracker

ARLINGTON, Va.—CACI International Inc (NYSE MKT: CACI) today announced the release of SkyTracker, a precision system to protect high-value assets and support public safety against the escalating threat posed by the inadvertent or unlawful misuse of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as aerial drones. SkyTracker’s UAS detection, identification, and tracking system uses the drone’s radio links to precisely identify and locate UAS flying in banned or protected airspace, and has the unique capability to locate UAS ground operators. This proprietary CACI technology has been demonstrated to address a variety of UAS threat scenarios. The system is widely applicable, from protecting airports to safeguarding critical infrastructure or events – anywhere UAS pose a potential risk to people or assets.

exactEarth Invests in Satellite ‘Internet-of-Things’ Technology Company

Cambridge, Ont., Canada, Nov. 23, 2015—exactEarth Ltd., the leading provider of Satellite AIS data services, announced today that it is investing AUD $2M to secure a minority ownership position in technology company, Myriota Pty Ltd of Adelaide, Australia.

University of Edinburgh Teams up with Ecometrica to Establish Earth Observation Lab

EDINBURGH, November 23, 2015 —The University of Edinburgh has teamed up with sustainability software and data firm Ecometrica to establish a new Earth Observation Lab aimed at deriving maximum benefit from the vast amounts of spatial data produced by satellites. It will allow researchers around the world to share data and create customised applications to monitor environmental changes in forests, agriculture and coastal ecosystems.

Study Incorporates Ecological Processes Into Earth System Models to Improve Climate Change Predictions

BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 23, 2015 — A professor in Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment ( is launching a new project to enable scientists to look many decades ahead and predict the effectiveness of land management practices in agriculture and forestry to mitigate climate change.

Sentinel-3A on its Way

November 23, 2015 —The latest satellite for the European Commission’s Copernicus environmental programme has left France bound for the Plesetsk launch site in Russia and launch late next month.

Spheron-VR Announce the Spheron-Lite Camera Solution

November 23, 2015 — Spheron-VR AG, known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software, today announce their new solution to create the ultimate HDR colour for point cloud data: SpheronLite.

Orbit Logic Software Selected for NASA SGSS TDRSS Ground System Upgrade

GREENBELT, Md., Nov. 20, 2015—Orbit Logic announced today that General Dynamics has selected Orbit Logic’s STK Scheduler software to enhance their NASA Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS) solution. STK Scheduler will process communication service requests to produce a deconflicted schedule for NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS).  TDRSS provides communication services between ground based users and government spacecraft operated by NASA and other organizations and is referred to as the Space Network.

iXBlue Delivers Sub-Bottom Profilers to the French Hydrographic Office (SHOM)

November 20, 2015 — Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France, November 20th, 2015, iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning, and imaging solutions, is providing ECHOES sub-bottom profilers and DELPH seabed mapping software to SHOM for shallow water hydrographic applications. SHOM missions include ensuring safety of navigation, defense’s support and public policies such as cartographic reference.

Drone World Expo Reports Successful First Show

SAN JOSE, CA, November 20, 2015 — JD Events hosted an extremely successful launch of Drone World Expo earlier this week at the San Jose Convention Center.  The exhibit hall floor featured 75 exhibiting companies and the event attracted 2,120 commercial drone professionals.  The exhibitors responded enthusiastically about their experience at the new trade show with many already planning on renewing booth space for the 2016 Show which will take place November 15-16 back at the San Jose Convention Center.

Harris Corporation to Provide Airborne Radars to NOAA

MELBOURNE, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015 — Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS) via its subsidiary EDO Corporation will provide AN/APY-11 airborne multi-mode radars to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to enhance severe weather tracking and other environmental monitoring capabilities.

Ordnance Survey Ireland Launches GeoHive

November 20, 2015 — GeoHive, a free platform which enables people to combine and layer location-based information from a range of public sector bodies has today been launched by Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Alex White TD.

Ancoris Launches Data Visualisation and Mapping Service for Housing Associations

Bracknell, November 19,  2015 — Google for Work Premier Partner, Ancoris, has today announced the launch of Ancoris Maps for Housing, an online mapping and visualisation solution for housing associations, available on an annual subscription basis.

MK Surveys Opt for Spheron Colour Imaging Technology

November 19, 2015 — Spheron-VR AG, known globally as pioneers in HDR (High Dynamic Range) camera technology and experts in visual content management software, announce that a leading UK survey company, MK Surveys have invested in the latest Spheron HDR Camera. Here they reveal how it has already been successfully used on a prestigious cultural heritage project.

Generals Buck and Hyten are Featured Speakers at 32nd Space Symposium

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Nov. 19, 2015 — The Space Foundation's annual Space Symposium is the single most important global space conference for connecting government, military and industry decision makers.

Mapping a Better Way to Help Provide Humanitarian Services, Relief

November 19, 2015 Getting directions to somewhere you’ve never been before is easy for many in 2015 – just ask your phone’s assistant or pull up Google Maps. But for many of the most vulnerable people in the world, insufficient and inadequate mapping of areas can endanger lives.