Manufacturing & Distribution

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 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

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 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

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

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 05, 2017

Robotics industry will reach $237 billion in revenue by 2022

BY Tractica The robotics industry, which includes unmanned aircraft systems, is forecast to generate $237 billion of revenue by 2022, according to a new report from Tractica, a market intelligence firm. This growth will be driven by non-industrial robots. READ MORE

June 28, 2017

Insitu equips ScanEagle with high-accuracy photogrammetry payload

BY Insitu Insitu has integrated 50-megapixel camera into its ScanEagle UAV enabling it to deliver high-accuracy photogrammetric aerial imagery to its suite of remote sensing products. The new payload is well-suited for mining and oil and gas operations. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Kespry enters insurance sector with new drone platform features

BY Patrick C. MillerCalifornia-based Kespry has added features to its enterprise drone platform to assist insurance claims adjusters. The company's new cloud platform can now automatically identify hail damage to roofs, resulting in improved service for policyholders. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

UAV equipped with radiation detectors can assist hazmat teams

BY Patrick C. MillerBNC Scientific has added the Phoenix ACE RAD Airborne Radiation Detector unmanned aerial vehicle to the tools available to hazmat teams and first responders. It has the ability to reach tight spaces without exposing personnel to unnecessary risks. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

On the spot: Textron, Aeryon assess Oklahoma tornado damage

BY Patrick C. MillerA team from Textron Systems and Aeryon Labs in Oklahoma to demonstrate the value of UAS in managing disasters found itself in the middle of a real disaster. They assisted first responders after a tornado struck Elk City on May 16. READ MORE

May 09, 2017

Lockheed introduces new version of sUAS Indago

BY Luke GeiverLockheed Martin has released an enhanced version of its Indago 3 small unmanned aircraft system. The Indago 3 is now capable of providing long-range, secure intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance for 50 minutes. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

AlarisPro software improves UAS safety for users, manufacturers

BY Patrick C. MillerSoftware developed by Maryland-based AlarisPro not only supplies operators with important information about their UAS fleet, but it also gives manufacturers data that can be used to improve safety and build better products. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

Super heavy-lift drone to be made at Florida plant

BY Luke GeiverFlorida is set to become home to the next wave of unique commercial drones to operate in the U.S. GRIFF Aviation, a Norwegian-based unmanned aircraft systems designer and manufacturer of a heavy-lift drones wants to open a plant in Tampa. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Pipeline inspection drone developed for oil and gas industry

BY Patrick C. MillerThe vertical-take-off-and-landing SkyOne UAS developed by SkyX, a new Canadian aerospace company, is intended to serve the oil and gas industry's need for pipeline inspection, mapping and surveillance. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

DARPA continues General Atomics' Gremlins Phase 2 contract

BY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. DARPA will continue its contract with General Atomics for Phase 2 of the agency's Gremlins program, which is developing technology to launch and recover volleys of low-cost, reusable drones from a manned aircraft. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Security company aims to halt expanding drone threats

BY Patrick C. MillerWith 600,000 new drones entering the airspace every month, Joerg Lamprecht, CEO of Dedrone, believes the need for drone security technology is growing every day. His company is helping keep businesses and people safe around the world. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Global farm equipment dealer explains move into drone offerings

BY Luke GeiverThe conversation on drones and precision agriculture farming practices is changing. UAS Magazine spoke with CNH Industrial about its partnership with DroneDeploy and how ag-clients view drones as a tool. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Insitu hopes to give U.S. Coast Guard cutters the UAS advantage

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu is well positioned to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with the small UAS it plans to have aboard its cutters in the next few years. The company has plenty of experience testing and operating is Scan Eagle from the service's ships. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Counter-drone company Dedrone attracts $15 million in new funds

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone's rapid expansion into the counter-drone market has attracted $15 million in new funding. One investor is John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, who said Dedrone empowers enterprise and federal customers regain control of airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

General Atomics new SkyGuardian has commercial potential

BY Patrick C. MillerThe SkyGuardian, a new, upgraded version of the General Atomics Predator B, is going through an FAA type certification process that will enable it and other larger drone designs to eventually operate in the national airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Ukraine drone flights prove UAV crop spraying becoming reality

BY Luke GeiverFor two straight growing seasons, crop fields in a portion of Ukraine have benefited from unmanned aircraft vehicles used to spray bio-pesticide and liquid fertilizer, and now, the team wants to serve American customers. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Outer space satellite developer engineers solar wing for UAV

BY Luke GeiverSolAero Technologies, a New Mexico-based solar technology developer responsible for supplying solar panels for outer space satellites, is now helping drone-based operations fly within the atmosphere. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

From calculators to drones: Texas Instruments makes sUAV battery

BY Luke GeiverA technology manufacturer well-known for its popular handheld calculators has created a new offering designed to help drone flights last longer and fly smoother. Texas Instruments has announced the release of multiple new products. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Leading UAV maker, data storage provider form partnership

BY Seagate Technology DJI and Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to work jointly to solve the data storage demands of UAV operators. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Home security solutions provider unveils plans for drone system

BY Luke GeiverUnwanted visitors or intruders at your home or business will soon risk being caught on video via drone. Alarm.com, a security platform developer that provides security solutions to millions in the U.S. is now working with Qualcomm on a new system. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

CTA: Drones will be part of record year ahead

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. consumer technology industry will reach $292 billion in retail revenues in 2017 driven in part by the sale of small unmanned aircraft vehicles, according to recently released research from the Consumer Technology Association. READ MORE