GPS

  • When NASA's first manned Artemis mission lifts off, the astronauts aboard will be equipped with second-gen GPS emergency beacons that provide a faster and more accurate locator fix for rescue services. The technology will be available to the public in a few years.
  • Science
    A team of researchers led by the University of Helsinki has used new miniaturized GPS tags to keep tabs on desert bats as they fly about in Kenya.
  • Commercial aircraft are already guided in for automatic landings at large airports, as their autopilot follows radio signals transmitted by ground-based antennas. Such auto-landings currently aren't possible at small airports, although that could be about to change, thanks to a new system.
  • ​If your dog has ever taken off on you, then you'll know the frustration of trying to figure out where they've gone. And while there are already pet-tracking devices, they definitely have some shortcomings. The Findster Duo+ system takes a unique approach to getting around those limitations.
  • After months of speculation, the British government has committed itself to developing an alternative satellite system if negotiations over the EU's Galileo system fail and has announced that it has begun A £92 million study to begin design and development of a sovereign British navigation system.
  • This US$129 gadget mounts to your motorcycle to give you clean visual navigation cues while you ride. It’s waterproof and shockproof, with an automatic night light and a 30-hour battery, it twist-locks on and off all your bikes, and you can choose between turn-by-turn or beeline-style navigation.
  • ​OK, so you're out hiking, canoeing or whatnot with a bunch of people who have gotten spread out all over the place, and you want to know where everyone is. Do you phone them? Not if there's no cellular service. If a new Indiegogo campaign is successful, though, you could just use your LynQ.
  • When a motorist enters an overpass that runs parallel to a ground-level road, it's possible that their GPS navigation system will think that they're still ON the lower road. A new system created at the University of Hong Kong is designed to keep that from happening.
  • Drones are increasingly crowding the airspace, so it’s only natural that the counter-drone market is growing too. The wide arsenal from DroneShield just got a little wider with the DroneGun Tactical, a new handheld jamming weapon that disrupts more frequencies from a smaller, more portable package.
  • Pulsars have been proposed as a space navigation system in the past. Now NASA has demonstrated the viability of the idea, with an experiment showing that a spacecraft can constantly and automatically calculate its position by tracking the perfectly-predictable X-ray signals from an array of pulsars.
  • There’s a ton of trackers to find items that are always vanishing around the house, but most aren’t much good long-range. Samsung is now jumping into the tracker game with the Connect Tag, which uses a cellular connection to get a GPS readout essentially anywhere there’s a cell phone tower.
  • ​We've seen a number of electronic bike locks lately, and we've also seen several GPS units that let you track the whereabouts of your two-wheeler if it gets stolen. The new Deeper lock, however, combines the two in one bicycle-mounted weatherproof device.