Flexible hybrid electronics have commercial UAS applications


Lockheed Martin and Georgia Tech are exploring ways to use flexible hybrid electronics to give small UAS beyond-line-of-sight capability using satellite communications. They are members of NextFlex, an organization that advances FHE technologies.
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Hyundai partners with American company to speed UAS development


South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. has formed a partnership with Boston-based Top Flight Technologies to cultivate new UAS business opportunities based on Top Flight's hybrid-electric power systems that provide longer flight times and heavier payloads.
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Solar-powered Odysseus will gather data for climate research


Boeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences has unveiled Odysseus, a solar-powered, autonomous UAS capable of flying in the stratosphere for indefinite periods of time. The aircraft is designed to assist weather and climate researchers.
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DHS explores machine learning to improve drone detection


Combining cameras with machine learning technology, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Sandia National Labs are developing ways to make the visual identification of drones as precise and reliable as thermal, radio or acoustic signatures.
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Micro-weather forecasts for UAS will be tested in New York


CustomWeather Inc. and TruWeather Solutions have formed a partnership aimed at developing micro-weather forecasts for BVLOS UAS operations. The technology will be tested in the NUAIR Alliance UAS traffic management corridor.
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NASA selects NextNav's technology for urban drone operations


NASA has selected NextNav's Metropolitan Beacon System (MBS) as part of its City Environment for Range Testing of Autonomous Integrated Navigation (CERTAIN) program. MBS enables urban drone operations in areas where GPS signals may not reach.
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