Engineering & Design

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 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 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

March 27, 2018

Research team will use drones to assess nuclear plant damage

BY Patrick C. MillerIt's been seven years since Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station was damaged by an earthquake and a tsunami. A team of U.S. engineers is planning to fly drones into the plant to gather information on its damaged containment vessels. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Ford proposes motor vehicle department in the sky to ID drones

BY Patrick C. MillerA research team at Ford Motor Co. has come up with a potential low-cost solution to identify and track drones. As with registering and licensing a car, they believe making a drone identifiable to anyone could make operators more accountable. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Boeing's autonomous systems program expands to Australia

BY Patrick C. MillerBoeing's largest autonomous systems program outside the U.S. will take place in the state of Queensland, Australia. The company signed a three-year agreement with the government of Queensland to develop a new generation of air and sea vehicles. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Early 2018 brings rush of counter-UAS activity

BY Luke GeiverThe advent and understanding of counter-UAV systems is catching up to the country's adoption and usage rates of drones in the commercial space. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Electric aviation record setter furthers drone delivery system

BY Luke GeiverAn electric aviation pioneer that founded a drone company in 2012 continues to secure its place in the drone-based delivery world. Yates Electrospace Corp. is testing and supplying a disposable drone-based box delivery unit to the U.S. government. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

FAA expands drone airspace authorization program

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration last week announced plans to expand testing of an automated system to speed up approvals for drones to operate in airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. The test begins in April at 500 airports. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

U.S. Army collaborates on advanced UAV engine design

BY Patrick C. MillerMiami-based Locust USA Inc.—a subsidiary of UAV Turbines—has signed a $19 million agreement to collaborate with the U.S. Army on the development of a small turboprop engine for unmanned aircraft. The engine will also have commercial applications. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Lockheed Martin release software to control multiple UAVs

BY Luke GeiverLockheed Martin will unveil VCSi, commercial software that enables operators to simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles and conduct information, surveillance and reconnaissance missions at an event in Abu Dhabi this month. 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 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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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