Engineering & Design

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

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

December 19, 2017

UAS startup finalists selected for Central New York program

BY Patrick C. MillerSix UAS startup finalists have been selected for a Central New York business accelerator program called GENIUS NY. It's aimed at providing resources to companies with potential and establishing the region as a leader in the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee tackles UAS issues

BY Patrick C. MillerThe U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee last week held its first hearing dedicated to UAS. Committee members heard from government, industry and academia about measures to advance the drone industry. Safety issues continue to be a key concern. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Intel sees positive signs in Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerAlthough Intel doesn't yet know what part it will play in the U.S. Drone Integration Pilot program, Anil Nanduri, the company's UAS general manager, believes the ability to test technology in real-world environments will benefit the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Skysense releases new drone charging stations

BY Patrick C. MillerSkysense is finding that persistence pays off as the demand for its drone charging stations has increased over the past year. The Germany-based company's latest products for indoor and outdoor use provide the fastest charging yet. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

Yamaha’s new unmanned drone, FAZER, set for US debut

BY Luke GeiverYamaha Motors is making its first-ever appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it is bringing drones. Yamaha will show-off its new commercial and industrial spraying drone, the FAZER, along with another multirotor. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Attorneys see positive signs for UAS from federal government

BY Patrick C. MillerBetween FAA reorganization, Congressional reauthorization of the agency and the Trump administration's drone pilot program, two veteran aviation attorneys see reason for optimism that 2018 will be a better year for the UAS industry. READ MORE

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 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

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

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