Canadian Telecom Company Leverages Drones for Inspections

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Canadian broadband company Gap Wireless has added a fleet of Sentera LCC drones to its inventory. These will be able to obtain information by capturing images from the air, and then feeding it into Sentera’s big data platform, OnTop.

The OnTop platform allows clients to use a mobile app and desktop client to identify the location, date, time, and asset type of every photo taken by the UAVs. Along with Sentera’s sensors and drones, Gap Wireless will also use other industry-supported UAV models to conduct cell and broadcast antenna site inspections.

This will ideally allow infrastructure inspection to proceed more quickly and more safely.

“Our advanced software solution fills an essential industry need to effortlessly collect and manage thousands of critical asset images,” said Gr...

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New Aerial Testbed for Sensors & Communications Devices

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are developing an airborne testing capability for sensors, communications devices, and other airborne payloads. This aerial test bed, called the GTRI Airborne Unmanned Sensor System (GAUSS), is based on an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) made by Griffon Aerospace and modified by GTRI. The project includes development, installation, and testing of a sensor suite.

This suite consists of a camera package, a signals intelligence package for detecting and locating ground-based emitters, and a multi-channel ground-mapping radar. The radar is being designed using phased-array antenna technology that enables electronic scanning...

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Laser Message from Space Says “Hello World”

On June 5th, 2014, the ISS passed over the Table Mountain Observatory in Wrightwood, CA, and beamed an HD video to researchers waiting below. Unlike normal data transmissions, which are encoded in radio waves, this one came to Earth on a beam of light. “It was incredible to see this magnificent beam of light arriving from our tiny payload on the space station,” says Matt Abrahamson, who manages the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Better known as “OPALS,” the experimental laser device was launched to the space station onboard a Space-X Dragon spacecraft in the spring of 2014. Its goal is to explore the possibility of high-bandwidth space communications using light instead of radio waves...

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