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September 27, 2017

Drone measures effect of wind turbines on farmland

BY Patrick C. MillerDepending on weather conditions, air disturbances from wind turbines can positively or negatively impact the farmland beneath the blades. Researchers from Embry-Riddle and Mississippi State used an instrument-equipped drone to study the effects. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Textron Systems UAS team deploys multicast feed during Harvey

BY Patrick C. MillerEarlier this year, Textron Systems deployed a UAS team to assist a town in Oklahoma struck by a tornado. The company's team gained more firsthand experience when it was embedded with a group of first responders headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

FlightWave, Intelligent Energy introduce fuel cell-powered drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn partnership with Intelligent Energy, FlightWave Aerospace Systems is launching its second new unmanned aircraft system in less than a month. The Jupiter-H2 aircraft runs on a 650W fuel cell, providing longer endurance and greater payload capacity. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Industry experts, major companies featured at Arizona UAS Summit

BY John NelsonFocused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, the 2nd Annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will reveal how Arizona and surrounding southwestern states are leading in the commercialization of UAVs. The event will be held in Mesa Nov. 6-8. 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 30, 2017

Drones bring greater efficiency to inventory management

BY Patrick C. MillerRFID tags to make inventory management in large warehouses more efficient didn't live up to their promise. But now a research team at MIT has developed a system using drones and RFID tags that could save the retail industry billions of dollars. 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 16, 2017

National lab uses UAS to collect weather, climate data

BY Sandia National Laboratories Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are finding that weather and climate data gathered from UAS can be used to compliment data gathered from tethered weather balloons. They plan to use this combination to collect data on the Arctic. 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

Australian research project uses drones to protect koala bears

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones flown by Queensland University of Technology researchers will locate and gather data on Australian koala bears. The university said results from the first-of-its-kind project could be used to make conservation decisions in other ecosystems. READ MORE

July 18, 2017

VStar Systems brings signals intelligence to the civilian world

BY Patrick C. MillerOnce the domain of large military UAS, signals intelligence on small drones is becoming a reality. VStar Systems has created a small, light, affordable sensor for search-and-rescue missions and counter-UAS operations. 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 12, 2017

Smart quadcopters find their way without human help or GPS

BY DARPA DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy program is advancing technology to enable small unmanned quadcopters to fly autonomously through cluttered buildings and obstacle courses using cameras and sensors as “eyes” and smart algorithms to self-navigate. 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

World View, KFC to send sandwich to the edge of space

BY Patrick C. MillerThere's no rule against combining the testing of UAS technology with fast-food marketing. That's what brought together World View's balloon-borne Stratollite system and KFC's Zinger chicken sandwich as they both head to the edge of space this week. 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

June 07, 2017

North Dakota forms task force aimed at counter-UAS testing

BY Patrick C. MillerThe state of North Dakota is forming a UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to test and demonstrate technologies that defend against rogue drone operators. Two federal agencies have expressed interest in testing counter-UAS technologies. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US Geological Survey using drones to study prescribed burns

BY Patrick C. MillerPrescribed burns used to reduce the risk to lives and property during wildfires are being studied by the U.S. Geological Survey with the use of UAS. Thermal imaging sensors on the drones gather data scientists use to study emissions and intensity. 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 24, 2017

NASA engineers develop safe landing system for small UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerSafe2Ditch technology being developed by engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center gives small UAS the ability to land in urban areas quickly, safely and autonomously in the event of a technical failure. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U.S. record set for longest drone urban package delivery

BY Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development A UAS team comprised of groups from Nevada and Texas set a U.S. record for delivering a package to an urban area after a 97-mile drone flight through the national airspace. A fixed-wing drone delivered the package to Austin, Texas. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Grand Sky to conduct BVLOS flights with large UAS this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation park will begin beyond visual line-of-sight flights this summer using large UAS. A contract between Harris Corp. and Grand Sky will enable UAS satellite navigation for the flights. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

Mini-ADS-B maker set to release newer, smaller versions for sUAS

BY Luke GeiverThe maker of a miniature ADS-B transceivers and navigation products has announced plans to debut a new line of small unmanned aircraft systems products that are lighter and better than previous versions. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders

BY Patrick C. MillerVerizon is testing a drone equipped as a flying cell tower to demonstrate its ability to provide communications to first responders during emergencies and disasters when normal communications are knocked out. A larger test is planned for next month. 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

ACSS, NASA plan UAS collision avoidance flight tests this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerFollowing last year's successful flight tests with Northrop Grumman's optionally piloted Firebird aircraft, Arizona avionics developer ACSS will this summer be working with NASA to test a new version of its UAS collision avoidance system. 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

ORNL releases guide for electric utilities looking to add drones

BY Luke GeiverRick Lusk has created a best practices guide for utilizing unmanned aircraft systems from the insight of pilots and practitioners from all over the world. Lusk, is the director of the unmanned aircraft systems center at ORNL. READ MORE