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July 18, 2018

Echodyne adds small, affordable radar to counter-UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerEchodyne took radar technology previously available only for use on military fighter jets and missile defense systems and made it small enough and inexpensive enough to mount on drones or to detect drones for counter-UAS applications. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

FAA hosts webinars on obtaining waiver for drone night flights

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a two-part webinar for drone pilots interested in obtaining a waiver to fly at night. The Dark Night Part: 1 is July 24 and Part 2 is July 26. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Civil drone production will soar over the next decade

BY Teal Group A new study from the Teal Group forecasts that within the next decade, the civil UAS sector will become the most dynamic growth sector of the global aerospace industry. By 2024, the study says commercial drone use will surpass consumer use. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

FlightWave Edge deployed for international ocean research project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FlightWave Aerospace Systems Edge UAS was among the unmanned marine vehicles on the research vessel Falkor for an international project studying the Subtropical Front in the Pacific Ocean. The project started in May and ended in June. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

General Atomics' unmanned trans-Atlantic flight makes history

BY Patrick C. MillerA General Atomics SkyGuardian on July 11 became the first medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft to complete a flight across the Atlantic. It left North Dakota on July 10 and landed a day later at an RAF air base in the the U.K. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

CTSi tests navigation system for GPS-denied UAS navigation

BY CTSi ELNS is scalable for unmanned aircraft in all Groups, from those needing high integrity like MQ-25, to small unmanned aircraft on tight weight budgets. ELNS is the first system to bring GPS-denied navigation capability to small UAS. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Boeing invests in UAV urban delivery startup company

BY Patrick C. MillerBoeing’s HorizonX Ventures is investing in Matternet, a California-based startup company specializing in UAV delivery operations in urban environments. Matternet will pair its platform with Boeing's expertise in logistics and manufacturing. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

FAA seeks commercial UAS operator input

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration is asking commercial drone operators to complete a survey that will help the agency improve the services it delivers to the UAS community. Responses are voluntary, anonymous and entered electronically. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Allstate’s drone imaging program gets insurance industry award

BY Patrick C. MillerAllstate Insurance Co. is being recognized for its drone imaging program that streamlines property claims and improves adjuster productivity. The Novarica Insurance Technology Council will present the company with an Impact Award for its use of UAS. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Facebook ends solar-powered Aquila UAS project

BY Patrick C. MillerFour years after starting an attempt to build its own high-altitude, solar-powered UAS as part of an effort to provide global internet connectivity, Facebook announced that it's shutting down the Aquila project based in Bridgwater, U.K. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Drone maker Delair earns award shared with Google, Airbnb

BY Luke GeiverDelair, a drone manufacturer and solutions provider based in France, has been recognized for an award won previously by Airbnb, Google and Spotify. The World Economic Forum has awarded Delair. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

General Atomics plans MALE UAV flight from ND to UK

BY General Atomics General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

$5.9M project to study drones used for traffic management

BY Ohio State University Low-altitude drones will monitor traffic and incident response along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile stretch between Dublin and East Liberty, in conjunction with the state’s current fixed-location traffic camera system. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Dropcoter drone helps bees pollinate 350,000 apple trees

BY Patrick C. Miller As part of the GENIUS NY program, Dropcoter drones are assisting Beak & Skiff, one of central New York's top apple producers, in pollinating the 350,000 trees in its orchard. The job is normally performed by bees living in 400 hives. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Smaller than a dime, MIT's new chip powers honeybee size drones

BY MIT Researchers at MIT, who last year designed a tiny computer chip tailored to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk their chip design even further, in both size and power consumption. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Wilhelmsen Ship Service, Airbus plan drones deliveries at sea

BY Wilhelmsen Ships Service Launching at Singapore ports Marina South Pier in quarter three 2018, Wilhelmsen Ships Service and Airbus will be piloting the delivery of spare parts, documents, water test kits and 3D printed materials to anchored vessels. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

Forensic images help law enforcement catch drone criminals

BY Patrick C. MillerThanks to an online database compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement investigators are learning how to effectively gather forensic data from drones used to commit crimes. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

General Atomics selects Pratt & Whitney engine for MQ-25

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW815 turbofan engine to power its proposed MQ-25, an unmanned aerial refueling aircraft to operate aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Indoor drone production firm earns $18M financing round

BY Luke GeiverVerity Studios AG will use $18 million in Series A funding to expand its indoor drone service into the U.S. The Zurich-based company that spun-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2014 has performed for Metallica, Cirque du Soliel. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

New York plans to move ahead with UAS program

BY Patrick C. Miller Although New York's proposal wasn't among the 10 selected for the U.S. Department of Transportation's UAS Integration Pilot Program, the state is pressing ahead with plans to use its done corridor to test a variety of commercial applications. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

GAO says FAA needs better data on small UAS operations

BY Patrick C. MillerA report issued by the U.S. Government Accountability Office recommends that the FAA do a better job of collecting data on the safe operation of small UAS in the national airspace. GAO said the FAA's data is often not accurate or complete. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Navy to outfit drones with fuel cell systems

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Navy is looking for fuel cell propulsion systems to power unmanned aerial vehicles. Protonex, a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, recently received an order from the Navy for 13 fuel cell systems. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

For TIME's latest cover shoot, Intel used Shooting Star drones

BY Intel Intel Shooting Star drones helped create their first magazine cover as part of the upcoming TIME drone special issue. The issue is the first TIME cover photo shot by a drone. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

Italy power plant deploys automated drone full-time

BY Luke GeiverIn Italy, a multinational power company had deployed a drone full-time. Enel, an integrated power company in the global, power, gas and renewables markets has acquired a multi rotor unmanned aircraft system to support operations and maintenance. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

DOI unveils first ever $17M contract option for UAS providers

BY U.S. Department of Interior The contract consists of one base year with four option years. The total potential contract value is $17 million. Aircraft selected under the contract will be able to operate day or night, without a runway in sustained winds up to 25 knots. READ MORE

May 23, 2018

New project to create drone software to understand human movement

BY University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska–Lincoln computer scientist Brittany Duncan wants to ease people's discomfort by enabling drones to communicate with the humans around them. Communication could also make drones valuable coworkers in numerous settings. READ MORE

May 21, 2018

Department of Homeland Security beefs up counter-UAS efforts

BY Patrick C. MillerThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security is collecting data on counter-UAS technologies in urban environments to deal with the potential threat of unwanted or malicious drones. The agency has developed a program to collect drone mitigation data. READ MORE

May 18, 2018

University of Washington creates first insect drones

BY University of Washington Researchers at the University of Washington have developed wireless robotic drones the size of insects that can easily access areas in which even a small UAS could not fit. A swarm of insect drones might one day detect methane leaks. READ MORE

May 16, 2018

U.S. DOT selects 10 projects for UAS integration program

BY Patrick C. MillerSecretary of Transportation Elaine Chao not only announced the 10 projects selected for the UAS Pilot Integration Program, but also said new drone rulemaking and potentially dozens of other projects to assist with UAS integration are in the works. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Insitu, Dedrone partner with University of North Dakota Aerospace

BY Patrick C. MillerTwo new partnerships with Insitu and Dedrone will give UAS students at the University of North Dakota the opportunity to learn about the latest software, gain experience with a new unmanned aircraft platform and benefit from counter-drone technology. READ MORE

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