November 22, 2017

Intelsat General successfully tests satellite tech with UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerIntelsat General's high throughput satellite technology was successfully tested earlier this year with a General Atomics Predator. But company president Skot Butler believes HTS will also benefit the commercial UAS industry. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Tennessee Space Institute chooses unique drone for research work

BY Black Swift Technologies The Tennessee Space Institute needed an autonomous autopilot for a drone capable of navigating the same flight path six times a day, ten days in a row and over the same points at the same time. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Tech developer’s reinvented helicopter eyed for unmanned flight

BY Luke GeiverAttendees of the 2018 Consumer Electronic Show will have an opportunity to witness a Cincinnati-based technology developers newest electric transport vehicle in action, a hybrid octocopter capable of transporting two people. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

Israel firm unveils defense industry drone to commercial market

BY Percepto Sparrow I uses PerceptoCore, the company’s patented processing module for drones. This technology is already being used in leading defense industry drones and is available for the first time for commercial use with the release of Sparrow I. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Insitu continues UAS oil and gas inspections in Australia

BY Insitu Insitu has signed an agreement with Queensland Gas Co. in Australia to provide UAS oil and gas infrastructure inspections and management services. The contract is the culmination of two years of extensive testing and evaluation. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

DroneTracker 3 improves drone detection and tracking

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone Inc. has released DroneTracker 3, an updated version of its security system for detecting and tracking drones being used for spying, hacking and other activities. The update is designed for integration into existing security systems. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

NUAIR announces first phase of New York UTM corridor

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance launched the first phase of a 50-mile unmanned traffic management corridor aimed at growing the drone industry in Central New York. Vendors are being sought for Phase II of the project. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

AirMap mobile app offers automated airspace authorization

BY Patrick C. MillerThrough a partnership the the FAA, AirMap's mobile app can now be used to request digital authorization to fly commercially in the airspace of five prototype evaluation sites with Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Arizona UAS event reveals changes coming to industry

BY Luke GeiverSpeakers from the FAA and AUVSI provided attendees of the second Arizona UAS Summit & Expo held this week in Mesa with insight and perspective on the future of the UAS industry. Drone swarms and UAS traffic management were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Workhorse optimizes last-mile delivery with integrated drone

BY Workhorse Group Inc. Workhorse Group Inc. has begun implementing agreements to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van equipped with an integrated delivery drone. The aircraft launches from the roof of the van and can deliver packages weighing up to 10 pounds. READ MORE

November 02, 2017

Chao announces details of U.S. Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY U.S. Department of Transportation U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao has announced details of the Trump administration's Drone Integration Pilot Program, which is aimed at accelerating the commercialization and integration of UAS into the national airspace. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The goal is to speed up the safe integration of drones and provide an economic boost. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Drones in service: Oilfield transformation from above

BY Patrick C. MillerSmall unmanned aircraft systems are already at work in the oil and gas industry, but major players in aviation are making plans for even more capable drones READ MORE

October 25, 2017

New Caltech autonomous systems center features drone research

BY Patrick C. MillerThe new Caltech Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies is a 10,000-square-foot facility in which engineers and scientists will collaborate to develop the next generation of drones, robots and driverless cars. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

University research reveals shortcomings of the UAS perspective

BY Patrick C. MillerWhile the UAS view from above provides a unique perspective, research at North Carolina State University reveals that it can also pose problems for operators on the ground. Better training and interface design could provide the solution. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Multi-member group proves drone-based security response system

BY Luke GeiverA private wireless network developer has partnered with a security provider and an award-winning drone developer on a new system that will significantly increase home security response times. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Wingtra’s VTOL drone now available with Pix4D’s software

BY Patrick C. MillerEuropean drone manufacturer Wingtra is partnering with Pix4D to provide 2D mapping and 3D model construction software for the vertical-takeoff-and-landing WingtraOne. The drone is used primarily for surveying and precision agriculture applications. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

ASU team to explain swarming drones controlled via brainwaves

BY Luke GeiverResearchers at Arizona State University's Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab have thought long and hard about drones. Their efforts researching brainwave control of drone swarms will be explained at the Arizona UAS Summit. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Intel UAS technology aids environmental researchers

BY Patrick C. MillerStudying polar bears and whales in the wild helps researchers take the pulse of earth's environment. Intel drones and artificial intelligence are helping scientists learn more about the world's health in a safer, less invasive manner. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Partnership develops UAS, GIS solution to assist firefighters

BY Patrick C. MillerWith wildfires continuing to rage across California, Insitu, FireWhat and Esri have teamed up to assist incident commanders and firefighters. The companies developed a system using UAS and GIS technology that provides near-real time information. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Boeing strikes deal to acquire Aurora Flight Services

BY Patrick C. MillerAurora Flight Services will become part of the Boeing Co. after the two entities signed an agreement last week. Aurora has developed and flown more than 30 unmanned aircraft since its founding in 1989 and has collaborated with Boeing in the past. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Long-range, solar-powered UAS earns award from US DoD-linked team

BY Silent Falcon UAS Silent Falcon UAS Technologies solar-electric, fixed-wing, long-endurance, long-range unmanned aircraft system has been recognized with the 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Drone delivery system tethers packages to any customer location

BY Luke GeiverDrones in flight aren't limited by terrain or traffic, so why should they be limited by a zip or postal code? That is the question a team of researchers from Cambridge Consultants is asking. They've developed a new, product box tethered-based system. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

HAZON Solutions lists UAS crisis response lessons learned

BY Patrick C. MillerVirginia-based HAZON Solutions sent crisis response teams to fly small UAS following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Based on the experience gained, the company offered a list of what operators should know and do before responding to a disaster scene. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

General Atomics sets UAS record with flight in civilian airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last month flew a Predator from its new North Dakota facility using a high-tech satellite navigation system to set a new record for an unmanned flight in Class A civilian airspace. The flight occurred without a chase plane. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Illinois drone-service franchise opens for local, national work

BY Luke GeiverMeasure, one of the largest drone service providers in the U.S., is hoping Springfield, Illinois, will be the location that starts a major trend. This week, the company held its first-ever grand opening of a new drone service franchise. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Drone measures effect of wind turbines on farmland

BY Patrick C. MillerDepending on weather conditions, air disturbances from wind turbines can positively or negatively impact the farmland beneath the blades. Researchers from Embry-Riddle and Mississippi State used an instrument-equipped drone to study the effects. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Textron Systems UAS team deploys multicast feed during Harvey

BY Patrick C. MillerEarlier this year, Textron Systems deployed a UAS team to assist a town in Oklahoma struck by a tornado. The company's team gained more firsthand experience when it was embedded with a group of first responders headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

Canada, Kongsberg to develop drone emergency management system

BY Kongsberg Geospatial Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of geospatial software technology, has announced that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded them a contract to produce an emergency operations plan for drones. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Strong demand leads DroneDefender makers to release new version

BY Luke GeiverAfter selling more than 300 units of a counter-drone device originally designed to be a prototype only, Battelle has announced a new version of its DroneDefender system. READ MORE