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Excalibur

ArcGIS Excalibur

A new “un-GIS” GIS tool enables access, measurement, analysis, and markup capabilities for images – for everyone. Many years ago, during the era of cinematography and good old-fashioned film, they used to edit movies by cutting the film with a pair of 9-inch scissors; these were called “excalibur.” This sets the scene for the new...

The Fixed-Wing Fix

Why a multi-discipline firm chose a fixed-wing sUAS solution for large-scale surveying and quantities for mines and quarries. Editor’s note: When xyHt began covering the rise of sUAS for AEC applications years ago, many of the early successful entries into the burgeoning sUAS market were fixed-wing craft, like those from Gatewing (that we wrote about...

Weekly xyHt News Links: 05/17/2019

Attollo Engineering introduces WASP-200 laser rangefinder Orbit GT launches 3D Mapping portfolio v19.5 and QGIS plugin update SimActive Software Enables Processing of Wingtra Drone Data

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Rocketry Revolution #4: Air Breathing Rockets

In a Pangaea issue entitled Revolution #3, I laid out the latest three revolutions in rocketry. Reusable rockets like SpaceX and Blue Origin, Air-launched rockets like Stratolaunch and Virgin Orbit, and Drone-launched rockets as exemplified by the Aevum Raven. Each revolution is designed to make space more affordable and accessible. Reusable rockets are obviously more...

Understanding GNSS Pt. 2

Vertical Datums Part 1 covers ellipsoids, datums, and realizations and is in the April print issue. This final part covers vertical datums. From my previous article: One of the most important things to understand when it comes to using survey-grade GPS systems is the difference among the many datums, reference ellipsoids, and coordinate systems that...

UAVs Enter the Sharing Economy

Above: A hypothetical Hangar mission plan for a city. A new platform connects UAV owners and UAV users while providing flight plans and image processing.  As the UAV industry continues to grow rapidly, many companies are wondering whether they should own and operate their own UAV and, if they decide to purchase one, how they...

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