Engineering & Design

September 05, 2018

Altiscope releases blueprint for safe UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerThe unmanned traffic management group of Airbus has released a "Blueprint for the Skies" to provide for the safe integration of autonomous aircraft. The blueprint is the result of months of analysis by Airbus on future airspace needs. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

FCC approves UAS radar used for in-flight BVLOS

BY Luke GeiverAfter joining with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in May as part of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Integration Pilot Program, Echodyne has taken another major step towards expanding the use of its unique radar. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Will an electronics lead-time apocalypse hit the UAS industry?

BY Patrick C. MillerHow much will the lead-time apocalypse for electronic components impact the UAS industry? Two experts in electronics manufacturing and distribution addressed the question at the UAS Summit & Expo held last week in Grand Forks, North Dakota. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Grand Sky UAS tech park launches first BVLOS flight

BY Patrick C. MillerCapitalizing on a recent FAA authorization, General Atomics flew its first beyond-visual-line-of-sight mission using an unmanned aircraft flown from the Grand Sky UAS tech park adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada conducts successful tests

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS technology company Drone Delivery Canada has successfully completed beyond visual line of sight testing in Alma, Quebec, using its software platform and delivery drone. The company says it's close to commercializing its technology. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Drone assassination attempt in Venezuela should teach lessons

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone warfare expert Sarah Kreps says the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shows why it's important for counter-UAS measures to stay a step ahead of those who would use drone technology for nefarious purposes. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Komatsu America selects Propeller Aero's drone mapping software

BY Patrick C. MillerKomatsu America has selected Propeller Aero's drone mapping and analytics software for its Smart Construction Initiative. Propeller says its software can make mapping a construction project up to 90 percent more efficient. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

FAA authorizes Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly BVLOS

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has authorized the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly beyond visual-line-of-sight missions without chase aircraft from the Grand Sky technology park. Grand Sky is adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Software update provides faster, more efficient drone inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Industrial SkyWorks has released an updated version of its BlueVu software, which now provides information on the exact location, size and severity of problems identified during drone inspections. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

CalTech engineers develop bird-herding drone

BY Patrick C. MillerEngineers at CalTech are helping to improve safety for manned aircraft by developing technology that enables a single drone to herd a flock of birds out of airport airspace. The drone uses an algorithm to move birds as a group, not individually. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

General Atomics signs deal to expand North Dakota facilities

BY Patrick C. MillerLinden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., announced that the company will more than triple the size of its operations at the Grand Sky UAS park in North Dakota. He attended an event there with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

Avansig, Skysense develop autonomous indoor surveillance drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn the security and surveillance industry, there are significant implications for the development of an autonomous surveillance drone. European companies Avansig and Skysense are working with Prosegur to turn the concept into reality. READ MORE

July 31, 2018

US Army selects Raytheon for near-term counter-UAS mission

BY Raytheon Raytheon is finalizing development of advanced Coyote variants that will fly faster and farther. Because of an urgent operational need, the Army is expected to use Coyote as a counter-UAS solution before the end of the year. READ MORE

July 18, 2018

Echodyne adds small, affordable radar to counter-UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerEchodyne took radar technology previously available only for use on military fighter jets and missile defense systems and made it small enough and inexpensive enough to mount on drones or to detect drones for counter-UAS applications. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

Civil drone production will soar over the next decade

BY Teal Group A new study from the Teal Group forecasts that within the next decade, the civil UAS sector will become the most dynamic growth sector of the global aerospace industry. By 2024, the study says commercial drone use will surpass consumer use. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

FlightWave Edge deployed for international ocean research project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FlightWave Aerospace Systems Edge UAS was among the unmanned marine vehicles on the research vessel Falkor for an international project studying the Subtropical Front in the Pacific Ocean. The project started in May and ended in June. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

General Atomics' unmanned trans-Atlantic flight makes history

BY Patrick C. MillerA General Atomics SkyGuardian on July 11 became the first medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft to complete a flight across the Atlantic. It left North Dakota on July 10 and landed a day later at an RAF air base in the the U.K. READ MORE

July 10, 2018

CTSi tests navigation system for GPS-denied UAS navigation

BY CTSi ELNS is scalable for unmanned aircraft in all Groups, from those needing high integrity like MQ-25, to small unmanned aircraft on tight weight budgets. ELNS is the first system to bring GPS-denied navigation capability to small UAS. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Boeing invests in UAV urban delivery startup company

BY Patrick C. MillerBoeing’s HorizonX Ventures is investing in Matternet, a California-based startup company specializing in UAV delivery operations in urban environments. Matternet will pair its platform with Boeing's expertise in logistics and manufacturing. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Allstate’s drone imaging program gets insurance industry award

BY Patrick C. MillerAllstate Insurance Co. is being recognized for its drone imaging program that streamlines property claims and improves adjuster productivity. The Novarica Insurance Technology Council will present the company with an Impact Award for its use of UAS. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Facebook ends solar-powered Aquila UAS project

BY Patrick C. MillerFour years after starting an attempt to build its own high-altitude, solar-powered UAS as part of an effort to provide global internet connectivity, Facebook announced that it's shutting down the Aquila project based in Bridgwater, U.K. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Drone maker Delair earns award shared with Google, Airbnb

BY Luke GeiverDelair, a drone manufacturer and solutions provider based in France, has been recognized for an award won previously by Airbnb, Google and Spotify. The World Economic Forum has awarded Delair. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

$5.9M project to study drones used for traffic management

BY Ohio State University Low-altitude drones will monitor traffic and incident response along the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, a 35-mile stretch between Dublin and East Liberty, in conjunction with the state’s current fixed-location traffic camera system. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Dropcoter drone helps bees pollinate 350,000 apple trees

BY Patrick C. Miller As part of the GENIUS NY program, Dropcoter drones are assisting Beak & Skiff, one of central New York's top apple producers, in pollinating the 350,000 trees in its orchard. The job is normally performed by bees living in 400 hives. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Smaller than a dime, MIT's new chip powers honeybee size drones

BY MIT Researchers at MIT, who last year designed a tiny computer chip tailored to help honeybee-sized drones navigate, have now shrunk their chip design even further, in both size and power consumption. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

Forensic images help law enforcement catch drone criminals

BY Patrick C. MillerThanks to an online database compiled by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), law enforcement investigators are learning how to effectively gather forensic data from drones used to commit crimes. READ MORE

June 19, 2018

General Atomics selects Pratt & Whitney engine for MQ-25

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics has selected the Pratt & Whitney PW815 turbofan engine to power its proposed MQ-25, an unmanned aerial refueling aircraft to operate aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carriers. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Indoor drone production firm earns $18M financing round

BY Luke GeiverVerity Studios AG will use $18 million in Series A funding to expand its indoor drone service into the U.S. The Zurich-based company that spun-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in 2014 has performed for Metallica, Cirque du Soliel. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

New York plans to move ahead with UAS program

BY Patrick C. Miller Although New York's proposal wasn't among the 10 selected for the U.S. Department of Transportation's UAS Integration Pilot Program, the state is pressing ahead with plans to use its done corridor to test a variety of commercial applications. READ MORE

June 05, 2018

Navy to outfit drones with fuel cell systems

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Navy is looking for fuel cell propulsion systems to power unmanned aerial vehicles. Protonex, a subsidiary of Ballard Power Systems, recently received an order from the Navy for 13 fuel cell systems. READ MORE