Engineering & Design

September 24, 2019

Boeing shows capability of unmanned aircraft refueler

BY Boeing Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous flight under the direction of Boeing at an airport in Illinois. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Solar drone makes historic flight

BY AeroVironment Inc. Developed and assembled in AeroVironment’s HAPS Innovation Center, the HAWK30 has a wingspan of approximately 260 feet and is propelled by 10 electric motors powered by solar panels covering the surface of the wing, resulting in zero emissions. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Drone swarm software service developer gains more funding

BY vHive Since its seed investment, vHive has attracted Fortune 500 companies who use its software platform across a variety of industries and geographies. vHive has enabled its customers to conduct thousands of drone surveys. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Flirtey details new drone delivery system, the Eagle

BY Luke GeiverDrone delivery system developer Flirtey has unveiled a new system that could be performing routine operations next year. To announce its new Flirtey Eagle, the Nevada-based company took the stage at the National Press Club. READ MORE

September 10, 2019

AeroVironment unveils VAPOR all-electric helicopter UAS

BY AeroVironment Inc. AeroVironment, Inc., a manufacturer for unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, has announced the availability of its VAPOR all-electric Helicopter UAS. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

XAG combats pests with crop spraying drones

BY XAG A special automated spraying mechanism, features micron-level droplets and powerful downdraft, is designed to achieve uniform applications of ultralow-volume pesticides. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Tests on eVTOL drone for delivery go well for Bell Textron

BY Bell Textron Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc.company, has announced the successful first autonomous flight of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 at their testing site near Fort Worth. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

DARPA, research partners tests drone swarms in urban settings

BY Luke GeiverNew testing by a team of researchers and private companies led by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has helped demonstrate how drone swarms can be used in urban environments. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Kespry, Dronebase partner on 'bring your own drone' program

BY Kespry Kespry’s customers will now be able to leverage DroneBase to manage their Kespry deployments as part of Kespry’s new Bring Your Own Drone program. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Siemens collaborates with VTOL drone maker Paragon

BY Siemens Digital Industries Software The need for increased performance and reduced time-to-market has led Paragon VTOL Aerospace, a global vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft provider for numerous industries, to adopt solutions from Siemens. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Drone service report recognizes SkySkopes for innovation, growth

BY Luke GeiverFrost & Sullivan has recently evaluated the 22 top DSPs around the globe based on their growth performance and ability to innovate. Of these 22 companies, only 5 fell into the “sweet spot” range on the Frost Radar which exhibits an optimal mix. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

DJI creates high-security solution for government drone programs

BY DJI Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UAH to test drones for earthquake first respondents

BY University of Alabama in Huntsville RSESC’s involvement will center on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into disaster response and recovery operations by using open-source Internet of Things (IoT) software. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

SkyGuardian Surpasses 100 Test Flights

BY Luke Geiver The MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), designed and developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., has now flown more than 100 test flights as development continues. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

Raytheon, AirMap partner on UAS airspace integration efforts

BY Raytheon Raytheon Company has signed a strategic agreement with AirMap, the leading global airspace intelligence platform for drones, to collaborate on future projects to safely integrate unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Northern Plains UAS team opens door for flights over people

BY ParaZero, Northern Plains UAS Test Site The completion of the compliance process for the SafeAir Mavic will open the doors for UAS operators that are interested in the possibility of safe and legal UAS operations over people using the DJI Mavic 2. READ MORE

June 18, 2019

Black Swift develops swarming drones for Hurricane tracking

BY Black Swift Technologies Black Swift Technologies, a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, CO, has been awarded a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration contract to develop an air-deployed unmanned aircraft set-up for tropical storms. READ MORE

June 17, 2019

AeroVironment acquires VTOL drone maker for $25M

BY AeroVironment AeroVironment Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems for both defense and commercial applications, has acquired Pulse Aerospace LLC, a developer and supplier of small vertical take off and landing UAVs. READ MORE

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