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September 20, 2018

Kansas State using drones to improve agriculture, human health

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS flown by Kansas State University researchers and students are part of a project designed to collect data on the prescribed burns used to maintain agricultural productivity. The goal is to limit the human health impacts from smoke. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Drones could detect air pollutants after a disaster or accident

BY Patrick C. MillerBased on experience from Hurricane Harvey, Texas researchers and engineers are developing a fleet of autonomous drones equipped to detect, track and model hazardous air pollutants released during accidents and natural disasters. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Xcel now operating drones for utility inspections BVLOS

BY Xcel Energy In one of the most significant advancements of unmanned aircraft under development by a U.S. utility, Xcel Energy is operating drones beyond visual line of sight. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Lockheed Martin, Drone Racing League launch AI tech challenge

BY Patrick C. MillerAviation manufacturer Lockheed Martin and the Drone Racing League have launched the AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge to encourage the development of AI technology for fully autonomous drone flights. A share of $2 million in prizes is up for grabs. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Intel, Delair working to showcase new drone data platform

BY Luke GeiverAfter testing Intel's data processing, visualization, analytics and drone data reporting service for more than a year, Delair is getting a new round of support from the mega-tech developer: capital. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

New senseFly eBee X improves geospatial data collection

BY Patrick C. MillerThe eBee X, the latest version of senseFly's fixed-wing drone, offers three new camera options, greater durability and longer flight times for a wide variety of mapping applications. The objective is more efficient, higher quality data collection. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Bell Helicopter collaborates on NASA UAS demonstration project

BY Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter will collaborate with several other organizations under a cooperative agreement with NASA to conduct a UAS flight demonstration in the national airspace scheduled for 2020. Bell will use its Autonomous Pod Transport for the flight. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

PrecisionHawk strengthens positions in energy, insurance markets

BY Patrick C. MillerPrecisionHawk has purchased HAZON Solutions and InspecTools to strengthen its position in the drone inspection of energy infrastructure. In addition, the company formed a partnership with EagleView Technologies, which works in the insurance industry. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

Battery supplier to Indy, NASCAR completes testing for drones

BY Luke GeiverThe lithium ion battery supplier of choice to Indy car and NASCAR operations has completed research and testing that will help bring its technology to the drone world. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

U.S. Navy awards Boeing $805 million MQ-25 contract

BY The Boeing Co. The Boeing Co. will build the U.S. Navy's MQ-25, its first carrier-based unmanned aircraft. The MQ-25 will be deployed as an aerial refueler for manned aircraft. The Navy recently awarded Boeing an $805 million contract for four aircraft. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Altiscope releases blueprint for safe UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerThe unmanned traffic management group of Airbus has released a "Blueprint for the Skies" to provide for the safe integration of autonomous aircraft. The blueprint is the result of months of analysis by Airbus on future airspace needs. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

FCC approves UAS radar used for in-flight BVLOS

BY Luke GeiverAfter joining with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in May as part of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Integration Pilot Program, Echodyne has taken another major step towards expanding the use of its unique radar. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Precision ag drone firm acquires Veritas, a data analytics Co.

BY Deveron UAS Corp. Deveron has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Veritas Farm Management Inc. The combination of the resulting entity will create a leading data analytics company with drone service abilities. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Will an electronics lead-time apocalypse hit the UAS industry?

BY Patrick C. MillerHow much will the lead-time apocalypse for electronic components impact the UAS industry? Two experts in electronics manufacturing and distribution addressed the question at the UAS Summit & Expo held last week in Grand Forks, North Dakota. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

West Point Military Academy to use AeroVironment's VTOL drone

BY Aerovironment West Point cadets will deploy two Quantix systems as part of the collaboration. The Quantix system is a fully integrated drone, sensor and software information solution for collecting and using aerial imagery that is as easy to use as an app. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

After success flying turbines in US, SkySpecs opens Euro office

BY SkySpecs SkySpecs, the award-winning provider of robotics solutions for the wind energy industry, has announced the opening of a new office in Amsterdam, Netherlands. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Grand Sky UAS tech park launches first BVLOS flight

BY Patrick C. MillerCapitalizing on a recent FAA authorization, General Atomics flew its first beyond-visual-line-of-sight mission using an unmanned aircraft flown from the Grand Sky UAS tech park adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada conducts successful tests

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS technology company Drone Delivery Canada has successfully completed beyond visual line of sight testing in Alma, Quebec, using its software platform and delivery drone. The company says it's close to commercializing its technology. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Insitu uses ScanEagle to assist firefighters in Oregon

BY Insitu Insitu is once again employing its ScanEagle UAS to help battle wildfires in the northwest U.S. The company's Mobile Response Team has been assisting firefighters in Oregon by providing data collection and analysis for fire suppression activities. READ MORE

August 20, 2018

ND DOT, UAS partners complete test for flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation The North Dakota Department of Transportation and Northern Plains UAS Test Site have announced the successful completion of testing Unmanned Aircraft Systems for flights over people with partners Botlink, Parazero and CNN. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Drone assassination attempt in Venezuela should teach lessons

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone warfare expert Sarah Kreps says the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shows why it's important for counter-UAS measures to stay a step ahead of those who would use drone technology for nefarious purposes. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Komatsu America selects Propeller Aero's drone mapping software

BY Patrick C. MillerKomatsu America has selected Propeller Aero's drone mapping and analytics software for its Smart Construction Initiative. Propeller says its software can make mapping a construction project up to 90 percent more efficient. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

FAA authorizes Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly BVLOS

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has authorized the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly beyond visual-line-of-sight missions without chase aircraft from the Grand Sky technology park. Grand Sky is adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Software update provides faster, more efficient drone inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Industrial SkyWorks has released an updated version of its BlueVu software, which now provides information on the exact location, size and severity of problems identified during drone inspections. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

CalTech engineers develop bird-herding drone

BY Patrick C. MillerEngineers at CalTech are helping to improve safety for manned aircraft by developing technology that enables a single drone to herd a flock of birds out of airport airspace. The drone uses an algorithm to move birds as a group, not individually. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

General Atomics signs deal to expand North Dakota facilities

BY Patrick C. MillerLinden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., announced that the company will more than triple the size of its operations at the Grand Sky UAS park in North Dakota. He attended an event there with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

UAS team assists with tracking shoreline erosion

BY Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty, staff and students are using drone imagery to help restore and preserve the shorelines of southeast Volusia County in Florida. The UAS data will be used to help mitigate future erosion. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

UAS attorneys advise against shooting down drones

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS attorneys Josh Turner and Sara Baxenberg with the Wiley Rein law firm in Washington, D.C., advise against acting on the urge to shoot down bothersome drones. Laws and regulations have yet to catch up with the technology, they say. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

Avansig, Skysense develop autonomous indoor surveillance drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn the security and surveillance industry, there are significant implications for the development of an autonomous surveillance drone. European companies Avansig and Skysense are working with Prosegur to turn the concept into reality. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

FAA issues more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has issued more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates to drone pilots since the agency's small drone rule went into effect in August 2016, which also means that those receiving certificates in 2016 will soon need to renew them. READ MORE

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