Engineering & Design

February 02, 2017

Tiny ADS-B transceiver could provide high-traffic drone solution

BY Patrick C. MillerA low-power ADS-B transceiver the size of a dime could provide a solution for dealing with the large numbers of drones expected to be in the skies in the near future. uAvionix is working with the FAA to perfect the technology. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Outer space satellite developer engineers solar wing for UAV

BY Luke GeiverSolAero Technologies, a New Mexico-based solar technology developer responsible for supplying solar panels for outer space satellites, is now helping drone-based operations fly within the atmosphere. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

NASA, FAA test UAS to track spacecraft in the national airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Near Space Corp. assisted NASA and the FAA in testing how drones could be used to track spacecraft that transit the national airspace as they re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. The tests took place at Oregon's Tillamook Test Range. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

QuestUAV's gimballed sensor improves UAS 3D mapping

BY Patrick C. MillerEngland-based QuestUAV has designed a gimballed sensor to compensate for the effects of wind and turbulence that often lead to blurred images and low image overlap. Its latest system is 15 percent more efficient in capturing images for 3D models. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Sentera announces real-time NDVI streaming for precision ag

BY Sentera On Feb. 1, Sentera will release LiveNDVI Video using the Minneapolis company’s Double 4K sensor. This technology offers agronomists a fast way to make decisions based on real-time data. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

From calculators to drones: Texas Instruments makes sUAV battery

BY Luke GeiverA technology manufacturer well-known for its popular handheld calculators has created a new offering designed to help drone flights last longer and fly smoother. Texas Instruments has announced the release of multiple new products. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

British firm develops fixed-wing UAS that can land like a bird

BY Patrick C. MillerBritish contractor BMT Defence Services in partnership with the University of Bristol has developed a fixed-wing UAS that can perform a perch maneuver to land like a bird. Machine learning algorithms enable the aircraft to perform the maneuver. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Leading UAV maker, data storage provider form partnership

BY Seagate Technology DJI and Seagate Technology, a world leader in storage solutions, have announced a strategic partnership to work jointly to solve the data storage demands of UAV operators. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

Home security solutions provider unveils plans for drone system

BY Luke GeiverUnwanted visitors or intruders at your home or business will soon risk being caught on video via drone., a security platform developer that provides security solutions to millions in the U.S. is now working with Qualcomm on a new system. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

FAA expected to approve BVLOS flights at ND UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerDuring a meeting with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said he expects the FAA to next week approve beyond visual line of sight flights for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Making connections in the UAS world

BY Patrick C. Miller

December 21, 2016

AirMap: think of new Drone ID like any form you have in wallet

BY AirMap AirMap, an unmanned aircraft systems airspace management company, has announced Drone ID, a partnership with DigiCert that will enable, instant authentication of a UAV's identity via digital certificate. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

University, utility collaborate to develop UAS inspection team

BY Patrick C. MillerKansas State's Polytechnic Campus and Westar Energy have been partners for two years in integrating UAS into the utility's operations. Westar Energy is using the technology in its day-to-day operations to lower costs and improve safety. READ MORE

December 21, 2016

In-house hydrogen fuel cell expands Naval Research Lab’s UAV use

BY Luke GeiverThe do-it-yourself skills of a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory team may help bring hydrogen-powered fuel cell technology to the Navy, with a little help from an unmanned aircraft vehicle. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Precision ag drone system creator earns commercial investment

BY Luke GeiverRaptor Maps has grown its drone-based system designed for specialty crop precision agriculture applications into a business worthy of investment. The Commercial Drone Fund, a venture-backed capital fund, has added the company to its portfolio. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

EdgeData planning world-class data center at Grand Sky

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Grand Sky UAS Aviation and Business Park is expected to host a world-class data center within a year. EdgeData LLC this week signed a letter of intent to build the 16,000-square-foot facility to store and convert data collected by UAS. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Drone study proves blood transport possible

BY John Hopkins Medicine John Hopkins University researchers have proven that blood transported via drone is not impacted by flight and can be used for medical reasons if necessary. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

FLIR’s newly acquired drone weighs roughly 3 pieces of paper

BY Luke GeiverFLIR Systems Inc. has spent $134 million in cash to acquire a Norwegian-based nano-class unmanned aircraft developer and manufacturer. The team created a mini UAS they call the Black Hornet. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

Award-winning sense-and-avoid tech maker joins BVLOS project

BY Aerotenna Aerotenna, a developer of radar sensing and SoC flight control technologies for UAVs, and Windhover Labs, a developer of low-cost drone software, have collaborated on an autonomous flight solution for BVLOS operations. READ MORE

December 01, 2016

General Atomics performs UAV test flight for NATO airworthiness

BY General Atomics The Predator-B system will be offered in several configurations, including an unweaponized maritime patrol variant to support open-ocean and littoral surface surveillance for border patrol, coast guard, and disaster relief missions. READ MORE

November 17, 2016

NY works with NASA to develop UAS traffic management system

BY Patrick C. MillerDuring the NASA UAS Traffic Management Convention last week, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state would invest $30 million in a 50-mile-long flight traffic management system. The technology for a viable UTM system is not far off. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

Drone developer building tech to overcome the unexpected

BY Luke GeiverNear Earth will work on technologies capable of helping a UAV deal with wind disturbances, loss of power or engine and sensor failures. The goal is to create an Autonomous Contingency System that can discover and adapt to unpredictable environments. READ MORE

November 16, 2016

AeroVironment unveils VTOL drone for commercial markets

BY AeroVironment AeroVironment Inc., a manufacturer and developer of unmanned aircraft systems for both military and commercial applications, has launched its new integrated commercial information solution featuring vertical take off and landing capabilities. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Local Motors relies on drone community for unique UAS designs

BY Patrick C. MillerHow did Local Motors get a major aviation manufacturer to truly think out of the box on UAS design? They challenged a 60,000-strong community to come up with and idea an co-create a drone far better than it had imagined. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Textron Systems offers new precision survey sensor on Aerosonde

BY Textron Systems Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced that it will now offer the TK-7 Firewatch precision survey sensor on the Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system after its recent successful demonstration. READ MORE

November 08, 2016

Military has key role in Arizona’s commercial UAS development

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Arizona UAS Summit & Expo opened Monday near Scottsdale with a panel discussion on the role the state's military facilities play in developing the commercial UAS industry. The facilities generate billions of dollars in economic impact. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

Textron Systems demonstrates Aerosonde HQ with VTOL capability

BY Patrick C. MillerTextron Systems has added vertical takeoff and landing capability to its Aerosonde UAS, in addition to creating a compact system that fits into a single pickup. The company is looking to capture commercial and civil markets with its Aerosonde HQ. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

DeDrone provides drone security for presidential debates

BY Patrick C. MillerDeDrone used its DroneTracker system to keep presidential candidates safe from potential drone attacks during two of three debates. The system can locate a drone, determine its course and pinpoint the location of the operator. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Sometimes The Best Story Ideas Come From Out Of The Blue

BY Patrick C. MillerSometimes it's the unexpected and the unpredictable that leads to the best story ideas for UAS Magazine. READ MORE