September 13, 2017

Drones help restore power in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone operator SkySkopes and eSmart Systems were quickly on the scene in Jacksonville, Florida, after Hurricane Irma to help safely restore power to thousands of customers. The use of UAS for disaster response is likely to be an ongoing trend. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Avitas, NVIDIA team up for high-tech UAS inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAvitas Systems and NVIDIA have partnered to take industrial inspection using drones and other robotics to a new level. Artificial intelligence, deep learning and super-computing power in the field can not only find problems, but also predict them. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

FlightWave, Intelligent Energy introduce fuel cell-powered drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn partnership with Intelligent Energy, FlightWave Aerospace Systems is launching its second new unmanned aircraft system in less than a month. The Jupiter-H2 aircraft runs on a 650W fuel cell, providing longer endurance and greater payload capacity. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Highlights from Verizon’s drone work post-Harvey

BY Luke GeiverVerizon's continued integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the communication giant's internal operations and external offerings was on full display post Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Risk manager survey reveals No. 1 concern with drones

BY Luke GeiverThe Risk Management Society Annual Conference held earlier this year in April provided the backdrop for a new survey that reveals the mood of risk managers on drones. 100 risk managers were surveyed. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Atlas Dynamics releases drone charging station for longer flights

BY Atlas Dynamics Atlas Dynamics, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, has released its new Atlas NEST smart protective charging station for autonomous BVLOS operation. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Industry experts, major companies featured at Arizona UAS Summit

BY John NelsonFocused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, the 2nd Annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will reveal how Arizona and surrounding southwestern states are leading in the commercialization of UAVs. The event will be held in Mesa Nov. 6-8. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

General Atomics CEO outlines plans for new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last week dedicated a new UAS training center in North Dakota that's already trained 55 air crews. Company CEO Linden Blue said the facility will also serve as a test center for sensors, satellite communications and other technology. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Northrop Grumman expansion brings jobs to Grand Sky facility

BY Patrick C. MillerNorthrop Grumman last week began construction on a new 35,000-square-foot hanger with space to house two Global Hawks at its Grand Sky facility in North Dakota. The company expects to have 100 employees working at the facility by year's end. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Drones bring greater efficiency to inventory management

BY Patrick C. MillerRFID tags to make inventory management in large warehouses more efficient didn't live up to their promise. But now a research team at MIT has developed a system using drones and RFID tags that could save the retail industry billions of dollars. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Supply chain software developer collaborates on drone delivery

BY Llamasoft LLamasoft, a global leader in supply chain optimization technology, has announced its partnership with Zipline, a tech innovator that operates a drone delivery system to move medical supplies. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

SkyOp selects Zephyr Drone Simulator for training curriculum

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Zephyr Drone Simulator developed by Little Arms Studios will be used by training provider SkyOp as part of its drone training curriculum. The SkyOp consumer and commercial training network serves much of the northeastern U.S. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

ANSI kicks off effort to coordinate UAS standards

BY Patrick C. MillerThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will next month begin a collaborative effort to coordinate the development of standards and assessment programs needed to safely integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Farmers Insurance turns to Kespry for roof inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAfter four years of studying the use of drones to inspect roof damage, an FAA policy change and Kespry's UAS technology led Farmers Insurance to introduce UAS for commercial operations. Safety and faster claims for customers are among the advantages. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

RAND report uses equations to answer questions on drone delivery

BY Luke GeiverA newly-released study by RAND Corp. offers insight into the impacts of drone delivery over urban settings. The study assesses infrastructure requirements, aerial congestion and privacy along with other elements. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

FlightWave introduces a cost-effective high-tech drone

BY Patrick C. MillerFlightWave this week announced its Edge unmanned aircraft, a vehicle designed to provide customers with a long-endurance, cost-effective platform capable of flying remote missions in difficult conditions. It can also carry a wide variety of payloads. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Kansas, AirMap announce first-of-kind UAS traffic management deal

BY Luke GeiverCalifornia-based AirMap is bringing its unmanned aircraft vehicle traffic management system to Kansas. Through a partnership with the Kansas Department of Transportation, AirMap will deploy its UTM system across the state. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Clear-Com to showcase new cross-domain UAS solution at UAS Summit

BY Luke GeiverAt this year's UAS Summit and Expo, Clear-Com, the global leader in real-time communications and connectivity solutions, will present its highly-scalable voice communications solution for the first time. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

National lab uses UAS to collect weather, climate data

BY Sandia National Laboratories Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are finding that weather and climate data gathered from UAS can be used to compliment data gathered from tethered weather balloons. They plan to use this combination to collect data on the Arctic. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Amimon’s Falcore aims to bring FPV drone racing to the masses

BY Patrick C. MillerAs FPV drone racing gains popularity, Amimon is looking to enter the market and revolutionize the sport with its Falcore drone. The technology demonstration platform features zero-latency, HD video and modes for beginners and experienced pilots. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Gryphon Sensors develops one-of-a-kind drone tracking system

BY New York Governor's Office Gryphon Sensors has developed a state-of-the-art mobile UAS traffic management system. It provides accurate detection of low-flying drones out to six miles. The new technology is part of an initiative to support the UAS industry in central New York. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

Australian research project uses drones to protect koala bears

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones flown by Queensland University of Technology researchers will locate and gather data on Australian koala bears. The university said results from the first-of-its-kind project could be used to make conservation decisions in other ecosystems. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

One million flight hours milestone reached by Insitu UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu is celebrating a new milestone in the company's 23-year history. Its ScanEagle, Integrator and Blackjack UAS have reached a combined total of one million flight hours. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

VTO Inc. gets federal contract for cyber forensics project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has issued an R&D contract to a Colorado company specializing in digital security for a project to assist law enforcement in gathering forensic evidence on drones. READ MORE

August 02, 2017

UND’s UAS program accredited under new standards

BY Patrick C. MillerThe University of North Dakota's degreed UAS program is the first in the nation to be accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International under its new criteria. UND assisted AABI in drafting a blueprint for the new standards. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

VStar Systems brings signals intelligence to the civilian world

BY Patrick C. MillerOnce the domain of large military UAS, signals intelligence on small drones is becoming a reality. VStar Systems has created a small, light, affordable sensor for search-and-rescue missions and counter-UAS operations. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Tech that mimics bee pollination flights could be used with drone

BY Ricoh USA While the self-pollination device offers a high return on pollination efficiency, it has a low barrier to being implemented and can easily be deployed by modifying readily available materials like an off-the-shelf mega-copter or drone. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Anti-GPS jammer system tested on drone

BY GPSdome GPSdome Ltd., a cyber company, announced that it has performed successful airborne tests of its cyber device for protection against GPS jamming and spoofing. The tests were conducted jointly with Bluebird Aero Systems Ltd., which specializes in UAVs. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Sentera grows its high-precision sensor line

BY Sentera Sentera has released the latest update to its sensor product line, the Quad Sensor. It features four fully customizable imagers to provide high-precision, low-distortion vegetative health data for precision agriculture and research applications. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Company launches drone repair subsidiary Fortress UAV

BY Patrick C. MillerFortress UAV is entering the expanding field of commercial and consumer drone repair with facilities in Texas, Florida and Kansas. The company supports out-of-warranty and damage repairs for DJI and Yuneec drones in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. READ MORE