Operations

August 29, 2018

After success flying turbines in US, SkySpecs opens Euro office

BY SkySpecs SkySpecs, the award-winning provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, has announced the opening of a new office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Grand Sky UAS tech park launches first BVLOS flight

BY Patrick C. MillerCapitalizing on a recent FAA authorization, General Atomics flew its first beyond-visual-line-of-sight mission using an unmanned aircraft flown from the Grand Sky UAS tech park adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada conducts successful tests

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS technology company Drone Delivery Canada has successfully completed beyond visual line of sight testing in Alma, Quebec, using its software platform and delivery drone. The company says it's close to commercializing its technology. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Insitu uses ScanEagle to assist firefighters in Oregon

BY Insitu Insitu is once again employing its ScanEagle UAS to help battle wildfires in the northwest U.S. The company's Mobile Response Team has been assisting firefighters in Oregon by providing data collection and analysis for fire suppression activities. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

ND DOT, UAS partners complete test for flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation The North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site have announced the successful completion of testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems for flights over people with partners Botlink, Parazero and CNN. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Drone assassination attempt in Venezuela should teach lessons

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone warfare expert Sarah Kreps says the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shows why it's important for counter-UAS measures to stay a step ahead of those who would use drone technology for nefarious purposes. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Komatsu America selects Propeller Aero's drone mapping software

BY Patrick C. MillerKomatsu America has selected Propeller Aero's drone mapping and analytics software for its Smart Construction Initiative. Propeller says its software can make mapping a construction project up to 90 percent more efficient. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

FAA authorizes Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly BVLOS

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has authorized the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly beyond visual-line-of-sight missions without chase aircraft from the Grand Sky technology park. Grand Sky is adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Software update provides faster, more efficient drone inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Industrial SkyWorks has released an updated version of its BlueVu software, which now provides information on the exact location, size and severity of problems identified during drone inspections. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

CalTech engineers develop bird-herding drone

BY Patrick C. MillerEngineers at CalTech are helping to improve safety for manned aircraft by developing technology that enables a single drone to herd a flock of birds out of airport airspace. The drone uses an algorithm to move birds as a group, not individually. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

General Atomics signs deal to expand North Dakota facilities

BY Patrick C. MillerLinden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., announced that the company will more than triple the size of its operations at the Grand Sky UAS park in North Dakota. He attended an event there with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

UAS team assists with tracking shoreline erosion

BY Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty, staff and students are using drone imagery to help restore and preserve the shorelines of southeast Volusia County in Florida. The UAS data will be used to help mitigate future erosion. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

Avansig, Skysense develop autonomous indoor surveillance drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn the security and surveillance industry, there are significant implications for the development of an autonomous surveillance drone. European companies Avansig and Skysense are working with Prosegur to turn the concept into reality. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

FAA issues more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has issued more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates to drone pilots since the agency's small drone rule went into effect in August 2016, which also means that those receiving certificates in 2016 will soon need to renew them. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Police Foundation launches new center for UAS in public safety

BY Police Foundation The goal of the Police Foundation Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Public Safety is to help law enforcement navigate the equally important community policing aspects of adopting the technology. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

US Army selects Raytheon for near-term counter-UAS mission

BY Raytheon Raytheon is finalizing development of advanced Coyote variants that will fly faster and farther. Because of an urgent operational need, the Army is expected to use Coyote as a counter-UAS solution before the end of the year. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

Survey shows drone adoption rate by farmers

BY Luke GeiverAccording to a study recently unveiled by Munich Reinsurance America Inc., nearly three-fourths of all U.S. farmers are currently using or considering adopting the technology to assess, monitor or manage their farms. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Echodyne adds small, affordable radar to counter-UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerEchodyne took radar technology previously available only for use on military fighter jets and missile defense systems and made it small enough and inexpensive enough to mount on drones or to detect drones for counter-UAS applications. READ MORE

July 17, 2018

FAA hosts webinars on obtaining waiver for drone night flights

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Federal Aviation Administration is hosting a two-part webinar for drone pilots interested in obtaining a waiver to fly at night. The Dark Night Part: 1 is July 24 and Part 2 is July 26. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Civil drone production will soar over the next decade

BY Teal Group A new study from the Teal Group forecasts that within the next decade, the civil UAS sector will become the most dynamic growth sector of the global aerospace industry. By 2024, the study says commercial drone use will surpass consumer use. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

FlightWave Edge deployed for international ocean research project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FlightWave Aerospace Systems Edge UAS was among the unmanned marine vehicles on the research vessel Falkor for an international project studying the Subtropical Front in the Pacific Ocean. The project started in May and ended in June. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

General Atomics' unmanned trans-Atlantic flight makes history

BY Patrick C. MillerA General Atomics SkyGuardian on July 11 became the first medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft to complete a flight across the Atlantic. It left North Dakota on July 10 and landed a day later at an RAF air base in the the U.K. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

CTSi tests navigation system for GPS-denied UAS navigation

BY CTSi ELNS is scalable for unmanned aircraft in all Groups, from those needing high integrity like MQ-25, to small unmanned aircraft on tight weight budgets. ELNS is the first system to bring GPS-denied navigation capability to small UAS. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Boeing invests in UAV urban delivery startup company

BY Patrick C. MillerBoeing’s HorizonX Ventures is investing in Matternet, a California-based startup company specializing in UAV delivery operations in urban environments. Matternet will pair its platform with Boeing's expertise in logistics and manufacturing. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

FAA seeks commercial UAS operator input

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration is asking commercial drone operators to complete a survey that will help the agency improve the services it delivers to the UAS community. Responses are voluntary, anonymous and entered electronically. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Allstate’s drone imaging program gets insurance industry award

BY Patrick C. MillerAllstate Insurance Co. is being recognized for its drone imaging program that streamlines property claims and improves adjuster productivity. The Novarica Insurance Technology Council will present the company with an Impact Award for its use of UAS. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Facebook ends solar-powered Aquila UAS project

BY Patrick C. MillerFour years after starting an attempt to build its own high-altitude, solar-powered UAS as part of an effort to provide global internet connectivity, Facebook announced that it's shutting down the Aquila project based in Bridgwater, U.K. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Drone maker Delair earns award shared with Google, Airbnb

BY Luke GeiverDelair, a drone manufacturer and solutions provider based in France, has been recognized for an award won previously by Airbnb, Google and Spotify. The World Economic Forum has awarded Delair. READ MORE

June 25, 2018

General Atomics plans MALE UAV flight from ND to UK

BY General Atomics General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. plans to make the first-ever trans-Atlantic flight of a Medium-altitude, Long-endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Dropcoter drone helps bees pollinate 350,000 apple trees

BY Patrick C. Miller As part of the GENIUS NY program, Dropcoter drones are assisting Beak & Skiff, one of central New York's top apple producers, in pollinating the 350,000 trees in its orchard. The job is normally performed by bees living in 400 hives. READ MORE