Patrick C. Miller

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March 27, 2018

Aspen, Sensurion join forces to develop certified UAS avionics

Aspen Avionics of New Mexico and Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace have formed a partnership aimed at filling the certified avionics gap between hobbyist and military drones. This will include autopilot, communications and navigation systems. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Research team will use drones to assess nuclear plant damage

It's been seven years since Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station was damaged by an earthquake and a tsunami. A team of U.S. engineers is planning to fly drones into the plant to gather information on its damaged containment vessels. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

FAA forecasts phenomenal growth for UAS industry

According to the FAA's aviation forecast for the next 20 years, the UAS industry will experience "phenomenal growth" between 2017 and 2022. It expects the number of commercial systems to quadruple while hobbyist done ownership more than doubles. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Ford proposes motor vehicle department in the sky to ID drones

A research team at Ford Motor Co. has come up with a potential low-cost solution to identify and track drones. As with registering and licensing a car, they believe making a drone identifiable to anyone could make operators more accountable. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

U.S. Army collaborates on advanced UAV engine design

Miami-based Locust USA Inc.—a subsidiary of UAV Turbines—has signed a $19 million agreement to collaborate with the U.S. Army on the development of a small turboprop engine for unmanned aircraft. The engine will also have commercial applications. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Kansas State Polytechnic offers UAS training for law enforcement

Based on feedback from first responders, Kansas State Polytechnic at Salina will in April begin offering a specialized UAS training course for law enforcement personnel. The four-day course will provide training for specific purposes. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

European airport operators call for adoption of drone rulebook

Increased safety concerns about drone use in and around Europe's airports should result in quick adoption of the European Union's drone rulebook, says the Airport Council International- Europe. It also released a position paper on drone technology. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Q&A: Aviation attorney tackles the drones and privacy issue

As the use of drones increases for hobbyist, commercial and law enforcement purposes, so too will concerns about privacy. Aviation attorney Kevin Moon with the Clyde & Co law firm outlines the challenges ahead from a legal perspective. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Company uses drones for surveys in Nepal’s rough terrain

DroNepal is proving the value of drones to conduct surveying and mapping missions in remote regions of Nepal that can be mountainous and heavily forested. The company is doing work for clients planning hydropower projects to generate electricity. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Elevation maps added to Sentera’s precision ag software

Sentera has added elevation maps to FieldAgent, its software analytics platform for UAS precision agriculture applications. The map data can be used to increase efficiencies and create plans to improve drainage on cropland. READ MORE