Engineering & Design

November 08, 2017

DroneTracker 3 improves drone detection and tracking

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone Inc. has released DroneTracker 3, an updated version of its security system for detecting and tracking drones being used for spying, hacking and other activities. The update is designed for integration into existing security systems. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

NUAIR announces first phase of New York UTM corridor

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance launched the first phase of a 50-mile unmanned traffic management corridor aimed at growing the drone industry in Central New York. Vendors are being sought for Phase II of the project. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

AirMap mobile app offers automated airspace authorization

BY Patrick C. MillerThrough a partnership the the FAA, AirMap's mobile app can now be used to request digital authorization to fly commercially in the airspace of five prototype evaluation sites with Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. READ MORE

November 07, 2017

Workhorse optimizes last-mile delivery with integrated drone

BY Workhorse Group Inc. Workhorse Group Inc. has begun implementing agreements to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van equipped with an integrated delivery drone. The aircraft launches from the roof of the van and can deliver packages weighing up to 10 pounds. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The goal is to speed up the safe integration of drones and provide an economic boost. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Drones in service: Oilfield transformation from above

BY Patrick C. MillerSmall unmanned aircraft systems are already at work in the oil and gas industry, but major players in aviation are making plans for even more capable drones READ MORE

October 25, 2017

New Caltech autonomous systems center features drone research

BY Patrick C. MillerThe new Caltech Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies is a 10,000-square-foot facility in which engineers and scientists will collaborate to develop the next generation of drones, robots and driverless cars. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

University research reveals shortcomings of the UAS perspective

BY Patrick C. MillerWhile the UAS view from above provides a unique perspective, research at North Carolina State University reveals that it can also pose problems for operators on the ground. Better training and interface design could provide the solution. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Multi-member group proves drone-based security response system

BY Luke GeiverA private wireless network developer has partnered with a security provider and an award-winning drone developer on a new system that will significantly increase home security response times. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Wingtra’s VTOL drone now available with Pix4D’s software

BY Patrick C. MillerEuropean drone manufacturer Wingtra is partnering with Pix4D to provide 2D mapping and 3D model construction software for the vertical-takeoff-and-landing WingtraOne. The drone is used primarily for surveying and precision agriculture applications. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

ASU team to explain swarming drones controlled via brainwaves

BY Luke GeiverResearchers at Arizona State University's Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab have thought long and hard about drones. Their efforts researching brainwave control of drone swarms will be explained at the Arizona UAS Summit. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Intel UAS technology aids environmental researchers

BY Patrick C. MillerStudying polar bears and whales in the wild helps researchers take the pulse of earth's environment. Intel drones and artificial intelligence are helping scientists learn more about the world's health in a safer, less invasive manner. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Partnership develops UAS, GIS solution to assist firefighters

BY Patrick C. MillerWith wildfires continuing to rage across California, Insitu, FireWhat and Esri have teamed up to assist incident commanders and firefighters. The companies developed a system using UAS and GIS technology that provides near-real time information. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Boeing strikes deal to acquire Aurora Flight Services

BY Patrick C. MillerAurora Flight Services will become part of the Boeing Co. after the two entities signed an agreement last week. Aurora has developed and flown more than 30 unmanned aircraft since its founding in 1989 and has collaborated with Boeing in the past. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Long-range, solar-powered UAS earns award from US DoD-linked team

BY Silent Falcon UAS Silent Falcon UAS Technologies solar-electric, fixed-wing, long-endurance, long-range unmanned aircraft system has been recognized with the 2017 TechConnect Defense Innovation Award. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Drone delivery system tethers packages to any customer location

BY Luke GeiverDrones in flight aren't limited by terrain or traffic, so why should they be limited by a zip or postal code? That is the question a team of researchers from Cambridge Consultants is asking. They've developed a new, product box tethered-based system. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

General Atomics sets UAS record with flight in civilian airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last month flew a Predator from its new North Dakota facility using a high-tech satellite navigation system to set a new record for an unmanned flight in Class A civilian airspace. The flight occurred without a chase plane. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Drone measures effect of wind turbines on farmland

BY Patrick C. MillerDepending on weather conditions, air disturbances from wind turbines can positively or negatively impact the farmland beneath the blades. Researchers from Embry-Riddle and Mississippi State used an instrument-equipped drone to study the effects. READ MORE

September 18, 2017

Strong demand leads DroneDefender makers to release new version

BY Luke GeiverAfter selling more than 300 units of a counter-drone device originally designed to be a prototype only, Battelle has announced a new version of its DroneDefender system. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Honeywell UAV experts explain new collaboration with Intel

BY Luke GeiverEnd-user clients looking for unmanned aircraft systems-services will most likely recognize the UAS-world's newest duo of big-name collaborators: Intel and Honeywell. Learn why they are working together and what they have to offer. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Drones help restore power in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone operator SkySkopes and eSmart Systems were quickly on the scene in Jacksonville, Florida, after Hurricane Irma to help safely restore power to thousands of customers. The use of UAS for disaster response is likely to be an ongoing trend. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Avitas, NVIDIA team up for high-tech UAS inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAvitas Systems and NVIDIA have partnered to take industrial inspection using drones and other robotics to a new level. Artificial intelligence, deep learning and super-computing power in the field can not only find problems, but also predict them. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

FlightWave, Intelligent Energy introduce fuel cell-powered drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn partnership with Intelligent Energy, FlightWave Aerospace Systems is launching its second new unmanned aircraft system in less than a month. The Jupiter-H2 aircraft runs on a 650W fuel cell, providing longer endurance and greater payload capacity. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Atlas Dynamics releases drone charging station for longer flights

BY Atlas Dynamics Atlas Dynamics, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, has released its new Atlas NEST smart protective charging station for autonomous BVLOS operation. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Industry experts, major companies featured at Arizona UAS Summit

BY John NelsonFocused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, the 2nd Annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will reveal how Arizona and surrounding southwestern states are leading in the commercialization of UAVs. The event will be held in Mesa Nov. 6-8. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

General Atomics CEO outlines plans for new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last week dedicated a new UAS training center in North Dakota that's already trained 55 air crews. Company CEO Linden Blue said the facility will also serve as a test center for sensors, satellite communications and other technology. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Northrop Grumman expansion brings jobs to Grand Sky facility

BY Patrick C. MillerNorthrop Grumman last week began construction on a new 35,000-square-foot hanger with space to house two Global Hawks at its Grand Sky facility in North Dakota. The company expects to have 100 employees working at the facility by year's end. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Drones bring greater efficiency to inventory management

BY Patrick C. MillerRFID tags to make inventory management in large warehouses more efficient didn't live up to their promise. But now a research team at MIT has developed a system using drones and RFID tags that could save the retail industry billions of dollars. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

SkyOp selects Zephyr Drone Simulator for training curriculum

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Zephyr Drone Simulator developed by Little Arms Studios will be used by training provider SkyOp as part of its drone training curriculum. The SkyOp consumer and commercial training network serves much of the northeastern U.S. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Farmers Insurance turns to Kespry for roof inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAfter four years of studying the use of drones to inspect roof damage, an FAA policy change and Kespry's UAS technology led Farmers Insurance to introduce UAS for commercial operations. Safety and faster claims for customers are among the advantages. READ MORE