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

May 09, 2018

Textron Systems unveils test bed for future UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerWith an eye toward the future, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems revealed the X5-55, a UAS that will serve as an engineering test bed for the company's new technologies. The VTOL aircraft features a vectored flight control system. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

DJI report documents 65 lives saved by drones in past year

BY Patrick C. MillerDJI Technology's second annual report on the number of lives saved by drones says at least 65 people were rescued by UAS during the past year, partly because regulations now provide a clearer path for the use of drones in search and rescue efforts. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Small UAV Coalition approves of new U.S. DOT policy

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Small UAV Coalition says a new policy announced by the Department of Transportation will help speed up the development of drone delivery systems in the U.S. while maintaining safe airspace. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Deveron, John Deere connect on UAS flights and data sharing

BY Deveron UAS Corp. Deveron UAS Corp., a leading drone data services company for farming, is pleased to announce that it has completed integration with the John Deere Operations Center. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Award-winning, Boeing-funded counter UAS firm shares vision

BY Luke GeiverFortem Technologies designs and builds counter drone capabilities. The company was recently recognized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International and has also earned $15 million from Boeing. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

UL developing standards to make drone batteries safer

BY Patrick C. MillerSafer lithium ion batteries manufactured under UL-certified standards will soon be coming to the UAS industry. The science safety company has been working to finalize standards that will be implemented in the U.S. and Canada and, later, worldwide. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Cyberhawk assisting with major U.S. construction project

BY Patrick C. MillerCyberhawk, a UAS operator based in Scotland, is using its drones and software to provide digital asset management during the construction of a major petrochemical plant in the U.S. Its iHawk software is being used on a large scale for the first time. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

DARPA contract for drone swarm technology goes to Dynetics

BY Patrick C. MillerUnder a 21-month, $38.6 million contract with DARPA, Dynetics Inc. will assist in developing and demonstrating Gremlins, a program which uses a swarm of low-cost drones launched and recovered from a military cargo aircraft. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Swiss company Fotokite wins $1 million business competition award

BY Patrick C. MillerChris McCall, CEO of Switzerland-based Fotokite, called winning the $1 million grand prize in New York state's GENIUS competition "a total gamer-changer" for the company. Fotokite developed a tethered drone system capable of flying for 24 hours. READ MORE

April 22, 2018

Exyn, Velodyne partner to showcase indoor drones, 3D Lidar

BY Exyn Technologies Originating from the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Labs, Exyn Technologies has commercialized groundbreaking research to build its proprietary trademarked AI software, exynAI, to help indoor drone flights. READ MORE

April 22, 2018

Near Denver airport, Xcel energy set for routine BVLOS drone ops

BY Xcel Energy Xcel Energy, a leader in using drone technology to inspect energy infrastructure, will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly unmanned aircraft beyond the operator's line of sight when it flies near the Denver airport. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

With fastest delivery drone in world, Zipline eyes US market

BY Luke GeiverA Silicon Valley-based drone developer believes it has created the fastest drone delivery system in the world. Based on a fixed-wing design, Zipline's unmanned aircraft vehicle can reach speeds of 80 mph. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

General Atomics earns contract to further develop MQ-9B Protector

BY General Atomics General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has announce the recent award of a $81M Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to develop a different version of the MQ-9B Predator UAV. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

Alliance for Drone Innovation forms to give voice to drone makers

BY Alliance for Drone Innovation The Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), a new policy-oriented coalition of manufacturers, suppliers, and software developers of personal and professional drones, has commenced operations to represent a specific set of drone entities. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

Global airspace group headed to NY for UAS UTM work

BY Luke GeiverAn unmanned traffic management testing (UTM) agreement will help Thales Group expand its work in upstate New York. Through an agreement with NASA, the global air traffic management firm Thales, will work with groups at the FAA's New York UAS site. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

FAA asks: Could you be a LAANC service supplier?

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for a few good suppliers, for the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. The FAA is now considering agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Workhorse earns patent for truck-launched drone package delivery

BY Workhorse Group Workhorse Group Inc., an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, has received a U.S. patent for a truck-launched drone package delivery system. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Precision-Ag drone maker lists on NYSE with UAVS ticker symbol

BY Luke GeiverAgEagle won't just be in Kansas anymore. The precision-agriculture drone and unmanned systems developer founded in Neodesha, Kansas, will soon be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol UAVS. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Aspen, Sensurion join forces to develop certified UAS avionics

BY Patrick C. MillerAspen Avionics of New Mexico and Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace have formed a partnership aimed at filling the certified avionics gap between hobbyist and military drones. This will include autopilot, communications and navigation systems. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

DJI partners on first custom-built commercial drone

BY Skycatch Commercial drone data company Skycatch, and DJI, a manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, have extended their partnership to manufacture and deliver a fleet of high-precision drones for Komatsu Smart Construction. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Raytheon details plans for drone swarm technology

BY Luke GeiverRaytheon is sprinting into the drone swarming market. The technology developer that specializes in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, is developing a new technology suite capable of controlling drone swarms. READ MORE