Engineering & Design

June 03, 2019

Micro weather analytics firm focused on drones gains investors

BY TruWeather Solutions Inc. TruWeather Solutions, Inc., a micro weather data and analytics company successfully raised a Series Seed investment from Kluz Ventures, through its The Flying Object and The Next Impact funds. READ MORE

May 23, 2019

DJI makes major safety upgrade, adds ADS-B in tech

BY Luke GeiverDJI will add ADS-B transponders to all new drones that weigh 250 grams or more (less than one pound). The addition of ADS-B, the communication transponding tech used in the airplane and helicopter industry, is part of DJI’s Elevating Safety plan. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Drone swarm operations gaining traction

BY Luke GeiverAs the drone industry gains the ability to fly beyond visual line of sight operations, flights over people or during no-light conditions, another use-case is also gaining traction: drone swarms. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

Boeing's cargo air vehicle completes first outdoor flight

BY Boeing Boeing has successfully completed the first outdoor flight tests of the cargo air vehicle (CAV). In a safe and controlled environment, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle was a success. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Major drone service provider to oil, gas acquired by ICR

BY ICR Integrity The transaction facilitates the next phase of ICR’s inspection service offering, augmenting its existing leading global provision of integrated maintenance and integrity solutions to the oil and gas, power, chemical and nuclear industries. READ MORE

May 08, 2019

Cylinder drone maker finds first major customer

BY Ascent AeroSystems Massachusetts-based Ascent AeroSystems has announced the specifications, pricing, availability and launch customer for Spirit, its new dual-rotor coaxial drone. READ MORE

April 23, 2019

Sky Power unveils new combustion engines for drones

BY Sky Power GmbH The German engine maker will display its newest drone motors at AUVSI's Xponential 2019 in Chicago. The lineup ranges from small single-cylinder engines based on carburetor technology to two-cylinder engines with carburetor or fuel injection systems. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

Black Swift UAS chosen for arctic research project in Greenland

BY Black Swift Technologies To discover how atmospheric conditions interplay with ice shelf mass reduction, the company's S2 drone will operate at subzero temperatures and fly at altitudes up to 14,000 feet, right on the edge of commercial airspace. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Parrot launches professional thermography drone package

BY Tom BryanThe system will allow operators to view live thermal and high-definition images of surfaces, structures and at-risk areas as the drone flies over or under them. Arriving in May, the drone is targeted at industrial and commercial end-users. READ MORE

April 18, 2019

Swiss drone designed for search and rescue missions

BY Staff Report With the ability to autonomously scan large geographical search areas, The helicopter-like Rega drone will be deployed on missions to search for missing, injured or ill persons in advance of manned helicopter or ground rescue operations. READ MORE

April 08, 2019

Drone-mounted streaming system provides real-time video

BY Patrick C. MillerTriangle UAS has developed a drone-mounted real-time video streaming system to improve situational awareness for emergency response, search and rescue operations and law enforcement activities. The video stream is transmitted by either 4G or Wi-Fi. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

Patented drone delivery mailbox offers standardized landing zone

BY Patrick C. MillerChicago-based Valquari says its patented Drone Delivery Mailbox gives it a lead on global competition in the UAS delivery space. The company's solution provides a safe, secure and standardized landing zone for a range of delivery applications. READ MORE

April 05, 2019

India approves uAvionix system for UAS in controlled airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerDetect-and-avoid technology developed by uAvionix has been approved for use in India by the country's Director General of Civil Aviation. The system equips the Trinity+ drone made by Quantum Systems of Germany and used by Survey of India. READ MORE

April 04, 2019

UPS, Matternet test medical drone deliveries in North Carolina

BY Patrick C. MillerUPS and Matternet are teaming up to test the delivery of medical samples by drone at the WakeMed hospital and campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. Project results will be used to evaluate how drones can improve transport services at U.S. hospitals. READ MORE

March 28, 2019

FAA authorizes Oklahoma State University to fly drone swarms

BY Oklahoma State University Oklahoma State University's Unmanned Systems Research Institute recently became the first organization in the U.S. to receive authorization from the FAA to fly drone swarms within the national airspace. READ MORE

March 27, 2019

Drones will gather data for tornado research project

BY Patrick C. MillerIn what's being called the biggest tornado research project of its kind, three universities and NOAA will use drones to gather data on how tornadoes form within supercell thunderstorms. The project covers a 367,000-square-mile area of Tornado Alley. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

Report: UAS industry shows exponential growth since 2016

BY Patrick C. MillerA recently released report from AUVSI and the Danish Technological Institute reveals that growth in the UAS industry has been exponential since 2016. About 80 percent of UAS technology patents have been published over the past two years. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

AirMagic software designed to assist drone photographers

BY Patrick C. MillerAirMagic software developed by Skylum specifically for done photography enables operators to produce better images without spending hours of time editing them. AirMagic uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to fix aerial photography problems. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Consumer DBUS2 drone features new autonomous flight technology

BY Patrick C. MillerVisual inertial odometry—or VIO—is a new technology that enables drones to navigate on their own without human input. The DBUS2 is the first consumer drone equipped with the system. DbUS calls VIO the first step on the road to autonomous flight. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Sabrewing, Alaska tribe to develop Bering Sea UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerSabrewing Aircraft Co. and a native Alaskan tribe have signed an agreement with an estimated value of $43 million to test 10 aircraft—both manned and unmanned—at a site centered on Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea 770 miles west of Anchorage. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

NUAIR deploys ANRA Technologies UTM system at UAS test site

BY NUAIR ALLIANCE The NUAIR Alliance based in Syracuse, New York, is advancing the capabilities of the state's UAS test site by implementing a drone traffic management system developed by ANRA Technologies to operate multiple UAS in shared airspace. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Flirtey and Reno receive FAA approval for BVLOS drone delivery

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has approved BVLOS flights for the city of Reno, Nevada, and Flirtey, its partner in the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Flirtey will use its latest drone to deliver emergency defibrillators to heart attack victims. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Kaman developing next generation of optionally-manned K-MAX

BY Patrick C. MillerWork is underway at Kaman Aerospace Group in Connecticut on the next generation of the optionally-manned K-MAX helicopter. Updated unmanned systems kits will be available for new and existing K-MAX helicopters beginning next year. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

BVLOS oil and gas inspections conducted in Nigeria

BY Patrick C. MillerThe combination of professional drone pilots, situational awareness software, a long-range UAS and regulatory supervision enabled Aerial Robotix to demonstrate its BVLOS inspection capabilities for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Echodyne counter-UAS radar selected by Black Sage Technologies

BY Echodyne Corp. Echodyne's counter-drone EchoGuard radar has been selected by Black Sage Technologies as the preferred radar sensor for its mid-range counter-UAS security solutions. The radar cues other sensors to identify and potentially mitigate drone intruders. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Former Insitu CEO picked to lead Arizona-based World View

BY Patrick C. MillerRyan Hartman, former Insitu CEO, has been selected to lead World View, a company based in Arizona that specializes in advanced stratospheric balloons controlled by UAS technology. He is expected to lead the company into commercial operations. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Innovation program explores UAS satellite communications

BY Patrick C. MillerLondon-based Inmarsat is partnering with Cobham and Starburst to launch a grassroots innovation program studying the role of satellite communications in the commercial UAS market. The goal is to integrate satellite connectivity into drone operations. READ MORE

February 26, 2019

Demonstration shows value of drones at crime scene investigations

BY Patrick C. MillerThe use of drones for crime scene investigation was demonstrated in Nevada last month by Sundance Media Group and five other companies. After two drones surveyed the mock murder scene, images and maps were produced within minutes. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Drone Delivery Canada unveils Condor large delivery UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Drone Delivery Canada has unveiled a new cargo delivery drone it says pushes the limits of payload capacity and flight range. The 22-foot-long Condor has a 400 pound payload capacity and a range of up to 120 miles. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record

BY Patrick C. MillerMetaVista Inc., a South Korean company specializing in hydrogen power, flew a quadcopter drone for nearly 11 hours by pairing its technology with an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. It's believed to be the longest flight time of its kind. READ MORE