Manufacturing & Distribution

May 31, 2019

Silent Falcon's new fixed wing designed for long endurance

BY Silent Falcon UAS Technologies The Silent Falcon EE incorporates the newest technological innovations in solar panels, battery and solar power conversion. Silent Falcon EE can stay aloft for up to 8 hours in day time, and 4 hours at night. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

US Army selects Parrot, other drone makers for future work

BY Parrot The Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) effort has recently awarded $11 million in funding to six companies to prototype and evaluate drones that can provide the Soldier on the ground with a rapidly deployable scouting capability. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

Drone maker Delair, seed breeder partner to enhance variety tests

BY Phenome Networks Phenome Networks, a premier plant breeding software company, and Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, will present their strategic collaboration to offer a combined system to accelerate plant breeding and variety testing. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

DJI makes major safety upgrade, adds ADS-B in tech

BY Luke GeiverDJI will add ADS-B transponders to all new drones that weigh 250 grams or more (less than one pound). The addition of ADS-B, the communication transponding tech used in the airplane and helicopter industry, is part of DJI’s Elevating Safety plan. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Major drone service provider to oil, gas acquired by ICR

BY ICR Integrity The transaction facilitates the next phase of ICR’s inspection service offering, augmenting its existing leading global provision of integrated maintenance and integrity solutions to the oil and gas, power, chemical and nuclear industries. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Cylinder drone maker finds first major customer

BY Ascent AeroSystems Massachusetts-based Ascent AeroSystems has announced the specifications, pricing, availability and launch customer for Spirit, its new dual-rotor coaxial drone. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

New report, new activity shows growth of drone, precision ag

BY Staff The allure of drones used for precision agriculture continues to grow. Although the market for precision agriculture-based drones and robots was only at $2.5 million in 2018, a new report by BIS Research says the next decade will see $23 billion. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

BVLOS Boost: ND invests $30M for statewide UAS operations

BY Staff With a $30 million investment in a first-of-its-kind beyond visual line of sight network, along with other strategic UAS additions, North Dakota has the country's most unique and valuable UAS ecosystem for operations of all kinds. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Unmanned's largest event shows mood of industry, focus on BVLOS

BY Staff The mood is strong at the world's largest gathering of unmanned systems experts and technology providers. At XPONENTIAL 2019, new technology and BVLOS operational capabilities is guiding the conversations. READ MORE

April 23, 2019

Sky Power unveils new combustion engines for drones

BY Sky Power GmbH The German engine maker will display its newest drone motors at AUVSI's Xponential 2019 in Chicago. The lineup ranges from small single-cylinder engines based on carburetor technology to two-cylinder engines with carburetor or fuel injection systems. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Parrot launches professional thermography drone package

BY Tom BryanThe system will allow operators to view live thermal and high-definition images of surfaces, structures and at-risk areas as the drone flies over or under them. Arriving in May, the drone is targeted at industrial and commercial end-users. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

FLIR makes strategic investment in DroneBase UAS pilot network

BY Patrick C. MillerA strategic investment by FLIR Systems Inc. makes it the exclusive provider of thermal product solutions and thermal imaging training for DroneBase's global UAS pilot network. Training will occur through the FLIR Infrared Training Center. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

Report: UAS industry shows exponential growth since 2016

BY Patrick C. MillerA recently released report from AUVSI and the Danish Technological Institute reveals that growth in the UAS industry has been exponential since 2016. About 80 percent of UAS technology patents have been published over the past two years. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Consumer DBUS2 drone features new autonomous flight technology

BY Patrick C. MillerVisual inertial odometry—or VIO—is a new technology that enables drones to navigate on their own without human input. The DBUS2 is the first consumer drone equipped with the system. DbUS calls VIO the first step on the road to autonomous flight. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Kaman developing next generation of optionally-manned K-MAX

BY Patrick C. MillerWork is underway at Kaman Aerospace Group in Connecticut on the next generation of the optionally-manned K-MAX helicopter. Updated unmanned systems kits will be available for new and existing K-MAX helicopters beginning next year. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Echodyne counter-UAS radar selected by Black Sage Technologies

BY Echodyne Corp. Echodyne's counter-drone EchoGuard radar has been selected by Black Sage Technologies as the preferred radar sensor for its mid-range counter-UAS security solutions. The radar cues other sensors to identify and potentially mitigate drone intruders. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Former Insitu CEO picked to lead Arizona-based World View

BY Patrick C. MillerRyan Hartman, former Insitu CEO, has been selected to lead World View, a company based in Arizona that specializes in advanced stratospheric balloons controlled by UAS technology. He is expected to lead the company into commercial operations. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Delair releases new cloud-based aerial intelligence platform

BY Patrick C. MillerCommercial drone technology developer Delair has released a new cloud-based platform for converting drone images into actionable business insights. It provides optimized analytics for a wide variety of industries. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

NFL Super Bowl halftime show featured Intel drones

BY Intel Corp. During the Super Bowl, Intel Corp. partnered with the NFL to create the first-ever live drone lightshow during halftime. Intel and the NFL have also made advanced Intel True View highlights available for fans to relive big moments from from the game. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

FLIR Systems acquires Aeryon Labs for $200 million

BY Patrick C. MillerFLIR Systems Inc. has acquired Canadian drone developer Aeryon Labs for $200 million to reinforce its long-term strategy aimed at becoming a provider of complete UAS solutions. FLIR will continue expanding its UAS capabilities into other markets. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

General Atomics collaborates with businesses in UK, Belgium

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is collaborating with businesses in the United Kingdom and Belgium to support its operational and new remotely piloted aircraft systems. The Belgian team includes five businesses while the UK group has 12. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

FLIR Lepton camera integrated into DJI Mavic 2 Dual drone

BY Patrick C. MillerFLIR Systems and DJI will further their collaborative efforts with the integration of FLIR's Lepton micro thermal imaging camera into DJI's Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone. It marks their second collaboration under the Thermal by FLIR program. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

Counter-UAS companies comment on Gatwick Airport drone incident

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield Ltd. and Dedrone Inc., two leading manufacturers of counter-UAS technologies, say the incident at the UK's Gatwick Airport which disrupted air travel for two days demonstrates the need for UAS countermeasures at large airports. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

ANSI group releases UAS standardization roadmap

BY Patrick C. MillerThe American National Standards Institute—known as ANSI—has released a UAS standards roadmap produced by its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative. The goal is to encourage a coordinated approach for UAS standards development. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

Liteye delivers counter-UAS system to Northrop Grumman

BY Patrick C. MillerColorado-based Liteye Systems Inc. last month completed delivery of a containerized anti-unmanned defense system (C-AUDS) to Northrop Grumman. The system can be customized for non-military counter-drone, surveillance and security operations. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

Tragic South African fires inspire search and rescue drone

BY Patrick C. MillerThe loss of a helicopter pilot while fighting fires in South Africa inspired drone developer and manufacturer ALTI UAS to create the Transition SAR Orange, a vertical-takeoff-and-landing UAS specialized for search-and-rescue missions. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Belgium, Australia to acquire General Atomics UAS platforms

BY Patrick C. MillerThe defense forces of Belgium and Australia have been authorized to acquire UAS designed and built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Belgium will negotiate to buy the SkyGuardian and Australia will purchase the armed Reaper. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Flexible hybrid electronics have commercial UAS applications

BY Patrick C. MillerLockheed Martin and Georgia Tech are exploring ways to use flexible hybrid electronics to give small UAS beyond-line-of-sight capability using satellite communications. They are members of NextFlex, an organization that advances FHE technologies. READ MORE

November 07, 2018

Robird drone convinces bird flocks to move away from airports

BY Patrick C. MillerA drone that looks and flies like a peregrine falcon is convincing flocks of birds to move away from busy airports where they're a threat to manned aviation. The Robird has proved its worth at the Grand Forks International Airport in North Dakota. READ MORE

October 30, 2018

Delair expands commercial operations with Airware acquisition

BY Patrick C. MillerFrench drone solutions supplier Delair is expanding its commercial drone operations with the acquisition of California-based Airware's key assets. The deal is expected to strengthen the company's expertise and technology across a range of industries. READ MORE