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12 November 2017

Iridium NEXT maintains its schedule [Update-2]

June 2012, I wrote a post about the future constellation of communications satellites Iridium NEXT. While intended for operational use in 2017, the calendar was shifted a few months. Actually, the launch of the first ten satellites by the private company SpaceX, originally planned on 12 September 2016, was postponed for a few months by the explosion on September 1, a Falcon rocket 9 rocket explosion during the fuel filling on its launch pad before a shot of engine test.

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7 November 2017

Electronic charting players [Update]

In April 2010 I published a ticket to locate the main actors of the electronic charting. Passing time, to refresh this information, due to recent corporate moves. Some have disappeared, as Maptech, others have changed hands, an update is needed.

Thunderclap that 27 th 2017, Navionics was acquired by Garmin (¹) ! The latter remained independent private publisher, to this day the hand of the Italian founder Giuseppe Carnevali, happening in the portfolio of the Garmin multinational company, shortly after the acquisition of global database Active Captain . The cards are again redistributed…

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31 th 2017

Calypso Ultrasonic : the last generation wireless wind sensor

Ultrasonic anemometers-weathervanes for yachting came up just over 15 years. Among the best known include those of the US Airmar and French LCJ Sensors. Featuring sophisticated electronics, these sensors without moving mechanical parts have the advantage of being more robust than conventional sensors, and provide more accurate data. They can also integrate other sensors as barometer, gyroscope, electronic compasses and even GPS.

The first ultrasonic sensors were fitted with a cable for power and data transfer. The manufacturer LCJ Sensors, building on the success of its CV3F sensor marketed since 2001, designed the range CV7SF, wireless models whose data is transmitted over a radio frequency to a receiver which converts them into NMEA (0183 or 2000). Power is supplied by solar cells on the sensor cap, and different output connection interfaces are proposed according to the models.

A new player, Spanish Calypso Instruments, just design a wireless sensor of a new concept, the Calypso Ultrasonic Portable, whose characteristic is to be featured with a Bluetooth Low Energy Transmission Protocol (Bluetooth 4.1), which offers many advantages.

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15 th 2017

maré : real-time tide forecasts

Our friend Guillaume Bolo, the first in France to have offered for many years a sophisticated web interface with the predictions of SHOM - maré - is also the developer of the excellent application marée info for iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch. Copied but never equaled by SHOM itself, which eventually drop the case, it will offer us a great change soon… Read more →

8 th 2017
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Training onboard with ACM Catamaran 2017 [Update]

In 2017 My collaboraton with ACM Catamaran is renewed. I will be training 'Navigate with an iPad' in weekend shipped on one of the school of cruising catamarans (Nautitech Open 40, Lagoon 380, Lagoon 400S 2, Nautitech 442) starting from the base of Hyères – The Gapeau. The 3 up to 6 people for these intensive courses that meet a great success four years ago.

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8 th 2017
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Test Nomad – stand-alone AIS transceiver by Digital Yacht

I introduced last may the Nomad, a portable AIS transceiver designed by Digital Yacht. I had to wait until the end of the summer to have the opportunity to test in real situation this device that had been entrusted to me by the manufacturer. I can already say that I was conquered.

I conducted the test in two phases. The first in my home port of St-Vaast-La-Hougue in my own boat, to the pontoon, and at low tide, the port doors closed - the context is important - for the commissioning of the reception only. The second at sea, in Roussillon, with setting the transmission service. Read more →

3 th 2017

iOS 11 and navigation applications

Among the many new features provided by iOS 11, I particularly enjoyed the improved multitasking functions. The addition of a “Dock” retractable in MacOS way, function “Slide Over” associated with the function “Split View” already present in iOS 10. This will greatly improve the use of navigation applications. Read more →

25 September 2017

Apple finally ship GALILEO

Good news, a year after its appearance on the first smartphones (¹), Apple finally integrates a GNSS receiver chipset compatible GALILEO. The iPhone 8/8+ and soon iPhone X are now provided with the LTE X16 Snapdragon modem MDM9655 from Qualcomm company, which includes a multi-GNSS receiver : GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), GALILEO (Europe) and QZSS (Japan) (²). Confirmation was given to me by our friends at iFixit.

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29 August 2017

Hurricane Harvey, What is the impact of climate change ?

In full political news on global climate change, the terrible Hurricane Harvey questioned some scientists about the link between warming due to human activities and intense weather events increasing in recent years.

Source : National Weather Service

Michael E. Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University, director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center and author of three books, including The Hockey Stick and The Climate Wars, Dire Predictions, and The Madhouse Effect, develops a long comment in (¹) about it, freely translated by myself.

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