Insitu hopes to give U.S. Coast Guard cutters the UAS advantage

Insitu is well positioned to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with the small UAS it plans to have aboard its cutters in the next few years. The company has plenty of experience testing and operating is Scan Eagle from the service's ships.
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Verizon acquires drone operations management firm Skyward

Building on its strategy to drive innovation and adoption for IoT services in high-growth markets, Verizon today announced that it has purchased Skyward, a private company based in Portland, Oregon.
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Xcel Energy, FAA partner for safe UAS infrastructure inspection

The FAA is partnering with Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility, on a program aimed at using drones for the safe inspection of energy infrastructure. The utility is planning at least one beyond-line-of-sight flight in 2017.
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ORNL releases guide for electric utilities looking to add drones

Rick Lusk has created a best practices guide for utilizing unmanned aircraft systems from the insight of pilots and practitioners from all over the world. Lusk, is the director of the unmanned aircraft systems center at ORNL.
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DARPA unveils shipping container-sized UAV deployment system

SideArm fits in the footprint of a standard 20-foot shipping container for easy transport by truck, ship, rail, C-130 transport aircraft, and CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter. The small-footprint system is designed to operate from trucks or ships.
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Counter-drone company Dedrone attracts $15 million in new funds

Dedrone's rapid expansion into the counter-drone market has attracted $15 million in new funding. One investor is John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, who said Dedrone empowers enterprise and federal customers regain control of airspace.
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Industry Events

SPAR 3D Expo & Conference

April 2-5, 2017
Mariott Marquis
Houston, Texas

Commercial UAV Expo Europe

June 19-21, 2017
The Square
Brussels, Belgium

Sensors Expo

June 27-29, 2017
McEnery Convention Center
San Jose, California

2017 UAS Summit & Expo

August 21-23, 2017
Alerus Center
Grand Forks, North Dakota

InterDrone

September 6-8, 2017
Rio Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Commercial UAV Expo Americas

October 24-26, 2017
The Westgate Resort
Las Vegas, Nevada





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