Engineering & Design

June 21, 2017

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

BY Patrick C. MillerThere'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

BY Patrick C. MillerCalifornia-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

MIT Engineers unveil drone that can fly for 5 days

BY MIT A team of MIT engineers has come up with a much less expensive UAV design that can hover for longer durations to provide wide-ranging communications support. The researchers designed, built, and tested a UAV resembling a thin glider. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Hangar space, testing advances UAV taxi development in Oregon

BY Luke GeiverA 9,600 square foot hangar space operated by SOAR Oregon is now open and ready to house a unique unmanned aircraft vehicle that Airbus believes could be the future of urban air mobility. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

UAV equipped with radiation detectors can assist hazmat teams

BY Patrick C. MillerBNC 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

BY Patrick C. MillerThe 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

US Geological Survey using drones to study prescribed burns

BY Patrick C. MillerPrescribed 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

June 07, 2017

NASA turns to UAVs for ambitious research projects

BY NASA Three teams of NASA researchers who have dreamed up potential solutions for pieces of the unmanned aircraft systems puzzle have received the nod to officially begin formal feasibility studies of their concepts. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Drone delivery Co. flies BVLOS in Canada

BY Luke GeiverA Canadian-based drone delivery company is eyeing 2018 after it successfully performed beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights this month. Drone Delivery Canada Corp. flew its patent pending drone delivery system BVLOS in Alberta. READ MORE