Patrick C. Miller

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June 21, 2017

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

There'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

California-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

BNC 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

The 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

Attorney lists pluses, minuses of Drone Federalism Act

A UAS attorney says the Drone Federalism Act introduced in Congress could help end conflicts between states and the federal government over UAS laws and regulation, but it also contains aspects that could hinder the U.S. drone industry. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US Geological Survey using drones to study prescribed burns

Prescribed 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

A 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

Safe2Ditch 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 11, 2017

Airbus launches drone services startup company, Airbus Aerial

Aviation giant Airbus this week announced the launch of a new UAS services startup company based in the U.S. Airbus Aerial combines imagery from drones and satellites and uses software to provide commercial customers with deeper insights. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Harris, Ligado partnership assists with small UAS BVLOS flights

Harris Corp. and the Ligado Networks have formed a collaborative partnership to advance beyond visual line-of-sight navigation for small UAS. Ligado says its commercial satellite is well suited for the role of communicating with small UAS. READ MORE