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July 21, 2016

Drone experts, major firms headed to UAS epicenter

BY UAS Magazine Staff The event will unite commercial end-users with commercial manufacturers and operators, researchers, payload providers, platform designers and multiple leaders spearheading UAS expansion. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

NASA completes first phase of tests, readies for next phase

BY Patrick C. MillerWith the final round of flight tests completed on a detect-and-avoid system for large UAS, NASA will fund a second four-year phase of tests set to begin in 2018. The General Atomics Ikhana served as the UAS workhorse for the project. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

Geospatial drone service gears up after Part 107 release

BY Luke GeiverAfter five years of drone mapping consulting and being one of the first survey-focused U.S. Federal Aviation Administration section 333 exemption holders, CompassDrone is gearing up for expansion. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Sentera captures 25 million acres of precision ag images

BY Patrick C. MillerMinneapolis-based Sentera LLC says it has captured more than 25 million acres of images from UAS since its start in 2014. The company also added new software and hardware to its product line. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Nevada site to test UAS for monitoring radiation levels

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Nevada National Security Site has added two Sandstorm UAS to a research and development program that will test sensors to measure radiation in situations too dangerous for humans. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Near Earth, NASA making first, last 50 ft of UAS flight safer

BY Luke GeiverNear Earth Autonomy has been awarded $754,000 from NASA to help develop a system to safely navigate an unmanned aircraft system during the first and last 50 feet of the take-off or landing phase. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Energy infrastructure research flights completed in Virginia

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS flying from an operating airport in Virginia conducted successful flight tests of energy infrastructure that provided real-time data to end users, said David Yoel, CEO of American Aerospace Technologies Inc. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

SLANTRANGE makes precision agriculture even more precise

BY Patrick C. MillerFarmers in Nebraska liked what SLANTRANGE's sensors and data analytics did for agriculture so much that they decided to fund the company. Now its second generation sensors and software are even better. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

DHL conducts successful integration of UAS into logistics chain

BY Patrick C. MillerInternational postal and logistics company DHL has successfully concluded a three-month test of its third-generation Parcelcopter as part of a larger research and innovation project. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Two UAS companies sign on as Robotic Skies customers

BY Patrick C. MillerRobotic Skies LLC has added two new companies to its customer base—Spectral Sky Inc. and DPI UAV Systems—which will receive technical support and warranty service from a network of more than 100 service centers around the world. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

FAA grants commercial night flight exemption to Tremco Roofing

BY Patrick C. MillerOhio-based Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance has become the first U.S. business to receive permission from the FAA to fly nighttime commercial operations using UAS. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems joins research center

BY Patrick C. MillerJoining the National Science Foundation's Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems was a natural fit for Textron Systems Unmanned Systems. The company will provide the center with its expertise while testing technologies for commercial applications. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

Pulse Aerospace planting role in ag industry through partnerships

BY Luke GeiverPulse Aerospace, a Kansas-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) developer, is utilizing recently formed partnerships to serve new agriculture-focused clients. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

NASA’s Global Hawk helps predict El Niño storms on West Coast

BY Patrick C. MillerNASA used its Global Hawk UAS during February to help improve the accuracy of extreme weather predictions from Pacific storms along the West Coast. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Penn State adds program to train drone data experts

BY Luke GeiverPenn State University is working to help unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators become experts at reading UAS-captured data. Through a new online graduate certificate program in remote sensing, the university intends to train drone data experts. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Integrated Robotics announces sense-and-avoid breakthrough

BY Patrick C. MillerA breakthrough in radar miniaturization and data processing software could provide a key technology development for sense-and-avoid technology UAS. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Researchers use UAS to answer questions at ancient burial sites

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS are providing archaeologists with a valuable tool to map, document and monitor changes in ancient burial sites in the Middle East. DePaul University researchers recently shared insight to work they performed in Jordan. READ MORE

February 11, 2016

Workhorse continues R&D on Horsefly package delivery system

BY Patrick C. MillerWorkhorse Group Inc. is pushing ahead with research and development on a package delivery system that combines an electric delivery truck with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) called the Horsefly. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

Woolpert adds Kespry Drone System for commercial mapping

BY Ann BaileyWoolpert has selected Kespry Inc. to supply commercial UAS systems to support its site surveying and mapping needs. Based in California, Kespry has developed a out-the-box system for commercial engineers and surveyors. READ MORE

January 28, 2016

UAS startup Apellix focusing on dangerous painting jobs

BY Ann BaileyApellix founder Robert Dahlstrom believes he has developed a UAS system that can save lives, especially those related to the painting of transmission towers or in the holds of ships. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

In Depth: The UAS Classroom

BY Ann BaileyFrom technology breakthroughs to new company launches, university UAV work is vast, varied and more valuable than ever before. These schools have proven why UAS industry breakthroughs could happen in the classroom. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

In Depth: UAS Life After the 333

BY UAS Magazine Staff Two UAS companies with different offerings explain the impact of receiving a 333 exemption and how business life has changed. READ MORE

January 21, 2016

Farmers at Precision Agriculture summit learn about UAS

BY Ann BaileyThough regulatory work and improvements remain before farmers can incorporate UAS into their operations, they're eager to learn about them, judging by attendance at UAS sessions at Jamestown, N.D. precision agriculture summit. READ MORE

January 14, 2016

Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center launched in Tennessee

BY Ann BaileyOak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has established an Unmanned Aerial Systems Research Center that intends to explore UAS uses that have not been conceived of or made possible to date. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

NRL UAS projects mimic soaring birds, make sUAVs undetectable

BY Ann BaileyThe U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is making large UAVs soar like birds and micro UAVs nearly undetectable. NRL has created algorithms and a platform design for each option. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

LeddarTech displays UAS sensor technology at Las Vegas show

BY Patrick C. MillerLeddarTech, a Canadian supplier of UAS senors, is making inroads with its optical sensing technology for such applications as collision avoidance, navigation and inspections. READ MORE

January 07, 2016

Canadian Institute of Forestry to hold UAS workshops in Ontario

BY Ann BaileyAbout 95 percent of Canadian forests are publicly owned and cover millions of acres, so the institute of forestry believes there is a lot of potential for UAS to plan forest operations and monitor compliance. READ MORE

December 23, 2015

Embry-Riddle to offer online professional UAS program

BY Ann BaileyEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University is offering an online professional program for people with an interest in learning more about small UAS. Courses will include UAS history, platform design basics and flight tactics. READ MORE

December 17, 2015

UAS used to study climate change impacts on Andes glaciers

BY Patrick C. MillerResearchers at Ohio State University are using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the Andes Mountains of Peru to learn how those who depend on glaciers for water might be impacted by climate change. READ MORE