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  • The Future of GPS

    By on October 2, 2017

    More than half a century after a study by The Aerospace Corporation first laid out the design options for it, the Global Positioning System (GPS) is now used for a vast array of missions, from personal navigation to tracking…

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  • Moving Data at the Speed of Light

    By on October 1, 2017

    The amount of data being collected from satellites is extremely high and continually increasing, putting severe pressure on downlink providers. Satellite operators have been using the Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum for decades, which has a finite amount of spectrum…

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  • Open Source GEOSPATIAL SOFTWARE

    By on October 1, 2017

    Open source geospatial software—spatial data management, GIS, and related developer tools and end-user applications delivered with an open source license—has co-existed with proprietary geospatial software for decades. Software developers and users often mix and match the two. The Open…

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  • A Killer App for Sats

    By on October 1, 2017

    Ursa Space Systems Inc. (Ursa) is a satellite imagery analytics company whose focus is on commodities and the financial markets. Ursa aggregates and analyzes satellite-based radar to build proprietary data layers resulting in unbiased, consistent, all-weather location-based services and measurements….

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  • Extreme Weather’s Tie to Climate

    By on September 30, 2017

    Flows in the Earth’s Life-Support System (ELSS) were the subject of my last column. This column is about language and how flows and systems are represented in our language. We often use metaphors that are almost right, but then…

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