February 27, 2018

Report: Large UAVs could bring explosive growth to US

BY Luke GeiverA major shift in aviation could be on the horizon according to the Aerospace Industries Association. In a new report, AIA states that large unmanned aircraft could encounter explosive growth during the next two decades. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

CustomWeather provides near-surface conditions for drones

BY Luke GeiverAs the commercial drone industry continues to grow, CustomWeather, Inc., a specialized provider of high resolution weather forecast and alert services, is seeing increased demand for its precision forecasts. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

DOI drone report details modern approach to resource management

BY U.S. Department of Interior With a fleet of 312 unmanned aircraft, the Department of the Interior's Office of Aviation Services flew nearly 5,000 missions in 2017 to support everything from fighting wildfires to monitoring and mapping missions. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

PrecisionHawk is helping drone pilots while it builds an empire

BY Luke GeiverPrecisionHawk is doing more than its part to foster the global adoption of commercial drone technology. With the recent build-up of its drone service network, PrecisionHawk has bolstered its offerings in a big way. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Two companies announce counter-UAS developments

BY Patrick C. Miller Gryphon Sensors and WhiteFox Defense Technologies are joining forces to develop a more capable counter-UAS solution. Australia-based DroneShield has unveiled a book-sized radar called RadarZero that can detect drones up 820 yards away. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Toro invests in turfgrass management drone firm

BY Luke GeiverGreenSight Agronomics and the Toro Co. want to enhance your golfing experience. Through a strategic minority investment in Boston-based GreenSight, Toro is hoping to bring its turf management abilities to a new level. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

European airport operators call for adoption of drone rulebook

BY Patrick C. MillerIncreased safety concerns about drone use in and around Europe's airports should result in quick adoption of the European Union's drone rulebook, says the Airport Council International- Europe. It also released a position paper on drone technology. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Intel's drone display sets Olympic record

BY Intel Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewers from around the globe were treated to a record-breaking light show during the opening ceremony that surpassed Intel’s previous record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Drones deliver green transportation option

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Drone delivery isn't just about speed and efficiency. It's also good for the environment, according to new research from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Using drones to deliver packages uses less energy and lowers cO2 emissions. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Q&A: Aviation attorney tackles the drones and privacy issue

BY Patrick C. MillerAs the use of drones increases for hobbyist, commercial and law enforcement purposes, so too will concerns about privacy. Aviation attorney Kevin Moon with the Clyde & Co law firm outlines the challenges ahead from a legal perspective. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Company uses drones for surveys in Nepal’s rough terrain

BY Patrick C. MillerDroNepal is proving the value of drones to conduct surveying and mapping missions in remote regions of Nepal that can be mountainous and heavily forested. The company is doing work for clients planning hydropower projects to generate electricity. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

PrecisionHawk secures $75 million for commercial drone technology

BY PrecisionHawk Inc. PrecisionHawk has raised $75 million from a group of venture and strategic investors, bringing its total funding to more than $100 million since its founding in 2010. PrecisionHawk plans to use the investment to focus on innovation and acquisitions. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Drone software developers finding investor backing

BY Luke GeiverIt's been a good month for drone software developers. In the U.S., San Francisco-based Converge received a $750,000 round of seed funding from a group of big-name investors. In the U.K., Altitude Angels earned $4.5M. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Boeing's Aurora partners with maker of nickel-size drone module

BY Luke GeiverAurora Flight Sciences is adding small drone collision avoidance technology to its suite of unmanned aircraft systems technology. Through a collaboration with California-based Socionext Inc., the company is now developing a nickel-size module. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

Fire chiefs, ERAU partner to bring drones to fire departments

BY Luke GeiverEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide's College of Aeronautics and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are partnering to offer fire service education, training and certification opportunities. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Elevation maps added to Sentera’s precision ag software

BY Patrick C. MillerSentera has added elevation maps to FieldAgent, its software analytics platform for UAS precision agriculture applications. The map data can be used to increase efficiencies and create plans to improve drainage on cropland. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Euro VC firm invests $8M into Michigan drone inspection service

BY Luke GeiverA German-based venture capital group has invested in a Michigan drone service firm. Statkfraft Ventures, along with UL Ventures and Capital Midwest, has infused SkySpecs with an $8 million round of series B financing. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Insitu provides UAS pilots with improved situational awareness

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu has successfully demonstrated a ground-based airspace system that provides commercial UAS operators with better situational awareness for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flying. The testing was conducted at Mississippi State University. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

FAA UAS test site to perform drone delivery work

BY Luke GeiverA U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system test site will soon be helping a Canadian-based drone company test the functionality and ability of a drone delivery system. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

NY to add drone fleet to police force

BY Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

FAA drone registry tops 1 million

BY Federal Aviation Administration U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao has announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that the total number of drones now registered with the Federal Aviation Administration has eclipsed 1 million. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik sees the use of drones as a terror weapon as a growing threat. Military and security organizations around the world see the company's DroneGun as an effective countermeasure to the potential threat. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

2,800 interested parties apply for UAS Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has received more than 2,800 applications from interested parties for the UAS Integration Pilot Program announced last fall. Most applicants are commercial drone operators, but private entities and law enforcement agencies have also applied. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

NV5 acquires Skyscene to add unmanned aerial mapping

BY Patrick C. MillerFlorida-based NV5, an engineering consulting firm, has acquired Skyscene, a California UAS service provider, to add unmanned aerial mapping to its services. NV5 has traditionally relied on manned aircraft for this application. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Ballard, Insitu partner on UAS fuel cell propulsion system

BY Patrick C. MillerBallard Power Systems and Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, recently signed a contract to integrate a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system into the ScanEagle fixed-wing UAS. The new fuel cells increase power with little increase in size or weight. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Workhorse to spin-off electric passenger helicopter drone

BY Luke GeiverAttendees of this year's Consumer Electronic Show held annually in Las Vegas, Nevada, will have the chance to witness the first experimental flight of the SureFlyTM electric hybrid helicopter. In December, a spin-off plan was announced. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Aerospace manufacturers eliminate weak link in aero machining

BY Cling Aerospace A small issue in aerospace manufacturing can be fixed by focusing on the designs or solutions used to machine certain parts in a fixed toolhoder process. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

FAA releases UAS remote tracking and ID ARC report

BY Federal Aviation Administration Overall, the ARC provided the FAA with a substantial amount of useful data, including very detailed technology evaluations and a comprehensive list of law enforcement needs and preferences. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Solar firm starts work on fixed-wing UAV

BY Luke GeiverA commercial- and industrial-scale unmanned aircraft vehicle developed by AeroVironment will soon be getting a solar upgrade. Through a contract awarded by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, SolAero will outfit a drone with a solar wing. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Chinese tech maker unveils plan connecting low-flying drones

BY Luke GeiverHuawei, the China-based maker of smartwatches, tablets, smartphones and broadband networks, has put a new focus on its digital sky initiative. The new push aims to enable the low airspace drone flights that are connected to broadband. READ MORE