Payload

November 05, 2015

High-end camera maker, DJI form strategic UAS partnership

BY Luke GeiverThe camera manufacturer responsible for capturing the first landing on the moon could soon be behind the next great aerial image captured via drone. Hasselblad, the Swedish-based camera firm, has partnered with DJI. READ MORE

November 05, 2015

UND biologists part of team using UAS for Manitoba research

BY Ann BaileyUniversity of North Dakota researchers are finding that using unmanned aerial systems to gather research information on nesting bird populations and wildlife benefits humans and the feathered and furred creatures, alike. READ MORE

November 05, 2015

UNL researchers dropping fireballs from UAS for fire mangement

BY Ann BaileyUnmanned aerial systems research under way at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has ignited the interest of fire managers across the Great Plains. READ MORE

October 29, 2015

Two Martin UAV systems tested for African anti-poaching project

BY Patrick C. MillerMartin UAV LLC and Aviation Unmanned LLC of Addison, Texas, deployed two fixed-wing DA-50 Super Bat UAS in support of an anti-poaching effort in Tanzania along the east coast of Africa. READ MORE

October 22, 2015

Sentera offers precision ag upgrade for Phantom 3 drones

BY Patrick C. MillerSentera LLC is offering growers flying the DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone an upgrade that provides real-time visibility of crop health data to create a precision agriculture scouting tool. READ MORE

October 15, 2015

sUAS Detect-and-Avoid Tech On The Way

BY Luke GeiverDetect-and-avoid technology for small unmanned aircraft systems is advancing quickly. Here are two examples. READ MORE

October 15, 2015

Nanoradar system for UAS collision avoidance set for 2016

BY Luke GeiverUtah-based IMSAR LLC, a research and development firm that specializes in radar devices and rapid image processing, believes it will have a suite of small collision-avoidance radar systems for sUAS available by 2016. READ MORE

October 08, 2015

Sentera’s software simplifies UAS data handling for end users

BY Patrick C. MillerThe ability of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to gather huge quantities of data is well known, but getting data into the hands of end-users who can use it to make decisions is the difficult part. Minnesota-based Sentera believes it has the answer. READ MORE

October 01, 2015

Textron Systems uses UAS for high-tech firefighting

BY Patrick C. MillerTechnology used to fight the wildfires that have plagued western states this past summer could improve dramatically after Textron Systems Unmanned Systems demonstrated the capabilities of its Aerosonde UAV in Idaho. READ MORE

September 22, 2015

Major UAS manufacturers share plans, visions

BY Patrick C. MillerThree of the big hitters among UAS manufacturers and operators—Northrop Grumman, General Atomics and Textron Systems—shared some of their plans, insights and visions with attendees of the 9th Annual UAS Summit and Expo in Grand Forks, North Dakota. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Nine years later, UAS Summit still representing state of industry

BY John Nelson UAS Summit will showcase new product launches, Congressional perspective and in-person fly zone demonstrations along with the presence of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

Agribotix software picked for AGCO’s precision ag UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerSoftware developed by Agribotix will be used in AGCO's version of the 3D Robotics Solo unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to provide a complete agriculture intelligence solution. READ MORE

September 17, 2015

KSU, PrecisionHawk project to match UAV images with ag algorithms

BY Ann BaileyAn agreement between Kansas State University and PrecisionHawk is aimed to use unmanned aerial vehicles that will collect agronomic information to help farmers increase crop production. READ MORE

September 03, 2015

Drone Services USA earns trademark on magnetic delivery payload

BY Luke GeiverWhat started as a solution for Switzerland-based search and rescue teams (SAR) has become a unique package delivery system for drones that utilizes magnets to hold packages in place without sacrificing high power loads. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Trimble expands commercial UAV fleet, releases multirotor package

BY Luke GeiverTrimble's fleet of unmanned aircraft systems has just been lifted to new heights. The global survey, position and technology provider based in California has released a multirotor unmanned aircraft following the success of its fixed-wing offering. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

Above Austin, UAS helps Praetorian explore the Internet of Things

BY Patrick C. MillerFrom remotely adjusting the heat and light in homes to automated manufacturing lines, the technology known as the Internet of Things (IoT) that enables wireless communications between networked devices is being studied by a sensor, UAV group. READ MORE

August 27, 2015

First-ever large UAV precision ag project set for ND

BY Luke GeiverElbit Systems of America LLC is bringing its large-scale unmanned aircraft vehicle expertise to the agriculture fields of North Dakota. The American arm of the global aerospace firm was awarded $357,546 to capture crop data. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

How To Find Your Way To The UAS Summit

BY Luke GeiverThe current UAS industry is not just about small UAVs, large UAVs or any platform size in between. It is about many variables, all of which will be explained at the industry's most unique event, the UAS Summit. READ MORE

August 20, 2015

Panoptes takes UAS collision avoidance to the next level

BY Patrick C. MillerPanoptes Systems Corp. is developing next-generation collision avoidance technology more useful for commercial operations of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). READ MORE

August 13, 2015

Yamaha UAV finding role in Washington state cherry orchards

BY Luke GeiverAfter providing precision spraying services in Japan's rice fields for more than a decade, the Yamaha RMAX unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) could soon find a new role in the fruit tree orchards of Washington. READ MORE

August 13, 2015

ScanEagle demonstrates effectiveness for U.S. Coast Guard

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu last month conducted a successful demonstration of its ScanEagle unmanned aerial system (UAS) as part of a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) search and rescue exercise along Alaska's North Slope. READ MORE

August 06, 2015

Swiss solar-powered UAV sets new flight endurance record

BY Patrick C. MillerAtlantikSolar's solar-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) has set a world record for its class by remaining aloft for 81.5 hours while flying a distance of 1,439 miles. READ MORE

August 05, 2015

Heath Consultants to develop methane-detecting UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerHeath Consultants Inc. has been selected by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy to develop and demonstrate an unmanned aerial system to monitor methane, a greenhouse gas. READ MORE

July 30, 2015

Oil and gas industry interested in using SenseFly UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerRDO Integrated Controls and SenseFly Ltd. were at the Bakken Conference and Expo this week in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to show the oil and gas industry how small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) can benefit the business. READ MORE

July 21, 2015

Software Co.’s augmented reality app overlays info on UAV flights

BY Emily AasandThe new software allows sUAS operators to view augmented reality overlays, such as way points and geographic points of interest during a flight. The AR overlays also include parcel numbers and airspace boundaries. READ MORE

July 20, 2015

First UAS delivery drops medicine in Virginia

BY Emily AasandIn a first-of-its-kind operation, industry and government partners joined to use UAS to deliver medical supplies to a health clinic in Wise, Virginia. The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, led by Virginia Tech, oversaw the research flights. READ MORE

July 16, 2015

Switzerland firm unveils first methane sensor for UAVs

BY Luke GeiverSwitzerland-based Pergam Technical Services Inc. has released the first sensor for unmanned aircraft vehicles designed to detect and measure methane gas. READ MORE

July 09, 2015

General Atomics may open ND UAS training facility

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. might be joining Northrup Grumman as the latest tenant in the Grand Sky UAS business and aviation park adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. READ MORE

June 25, 2015

NASA commences UAS sense-and-avoid tests

BY Patrick C. MillerFlight testing of sense-and-avoid technology for unmanned aerial systems and a conference on managing UAS traffic are among the activities being conducted by NASA this summer. READ MORE

June 17, 2015

Field of View debuts new area mapping technology

BY Emily AasandField of View, an aerial imaging and mapping provider, has released its GeoSnap Express system—a turnkey imaging solution that helps service providers capture data desired by the agriculture industry. READ MORE