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About Tony Murfin

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Tony Murfin is managing consultant for GNSS Aerospace LLC, Florida. Murfin provides business development consulting services to companies involved in GNSS products and markets, and writes for GPS World as the OEM Professional contributing editor.

Previously, Murfin worked for NovAtel Inc. in Calgary, Canada, as vice president of Business Development; for CMC Electronics in Montreal, Canada, as business development manager, product manager, software manger and software engineer; for CAE in Montreal as simulation software engineer; and for BAe in Warton, UK, as senior avionics engineer.

Murfin has a B.Sc. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the UK, and is a UK Chartered Engineer (CEng MIET).

Posts by Tony Murfin

Drone developments: flying into a volcano, tethered drone advantages Posted on 18 Nov 2020 in the OEM & Opinions categories.

Just a couple of pieces of drone news this month — who would imagine flying a fixed-wing drone into the plume of a volcano? And some new advances in tethered... Read more»

How drones are helping with COVID-19, first response applications Posted on 21 Oct 2020 in the OEM & Opinions categories.

A solution for these COVID-19 days, getting to injured people really fast, and potentially even faster first response applications are all new drone applications featured in this month’s UAV summary.... Read more»

Offshore deliveries, carrying people are new UAV developments Posted on 16 Sep 2020 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & UAV/UGV categories.

A new offshore service opportunity for an already proven mini-helicopter UAV, a possible alternative to flying cars, and bulking up UAVs to carry cargo – just a few of this... Read more»

Random recollections of GPS/GNSS Posted on 09 Sep 2020 in the Opinions categories.

GPS had been around for about five years before first launch in February 1978 and Full Operational Capability (FOC) was eventually declared in April 1995. It takes time to develop,... Read more»

1960s CIA drone-bird project a predecessor to NASA Global Hawk Posted on 19 Aug 2020 in the Featured Stories & Opinions & UAV/UGV categories.

A recently unclassified CIA drone program provides us with perspective on UAS development. Also, U.S. high-altitude surveillance capabilities are being tested, another record has been achieved, and an award for... Read more»

Substitute satellites, a better Reaper and drone deliveries top UAV news Posted on 15 Jul 2020 in the Opinions & UAV/UGV categories.

UAV developments are taking flight across the globe. In one development, older technology might enable new capabilities for a pseudo-satellite UAV. Meanwhile, new technology adds significant landing capability to an... Read more»

Unmanned fighter drones, medical delivery drones take center stage Posted on 17 Jun 2020 in the Opinions & UAV/UGV categories.

A drone-versus-piloted attack aircraft, deliveries of medical supplies in North Carolina, unmanned meal deliveries in India and anti-drone protection for the Kennedy Space Complex are just a small sample of... Read more»

UAVs on the rise: Flying cars, medical deliveries, fighter support Posted on 20 May 2020 in the COVID-19 & Opinions & UAV/UGV categories.

A Loyal Wingman drone rolls out, the U.S. Air Force (USAF) sponsors air taxi-cargo UAS development, and medical deliveries take place in Scotland and Florida — we have quite a... Read more»