Engineering & Design

July 17, 2017

Tech that mimics bee pollination flights could be used with drone

BY Ricoh USA While the self-pollination device offers a high return on pollination efficiency, it has a low barrier to being implemented and can easily be deployed by modifying readily available materials like an off-the-shelf mega-copter or drone. READ MORE

July 17, 2017

Anti-GPS jammer system tested on drone

BY GPSdome GPSdome Ltd., a cyber company, announced that it has performed successful airborne tests of its cyber device for protection against GPS jamming and spoofing. The tests were conducted jointly with Bluebird Aero Systems Ltd., which specializes in UAVs. READ MORE

July 14, 2017

Sentera grows its high-precision sensor line

BY Sentera Sentera has released the latest update to its sensor product line, the Quad Sensor. It features four fully customizable imagers to provide high-precision, low-distortion vegetative health data for precision agriculture and research applications. READ MORE

July 13, 2017

Company launches drone repair subsidiary Fortress UAV

BY Patrick C. MillerFortress UAV is entering the expanding field of commercial and consumer drone repair with facilities in Texas, Florida and Kansas. The company supports out-of-warranty and damage repairs for DJI and Yuneec drones in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. READ MORE

July 12, 2017

Smart quadcopters find their way without human help or GPS

BY DARPA DARPA’s Fast Lightweight Autonomy program is advancing technology to enable small unmanned quadcopters to fly autonomously through cluttered buildings and obstacle courses using cameras and sensors as “eyes” and smart algorithms to self-navigate. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Verizon explains flying-cell-site drone-project

BY Luke GeiverFirst responders, Verizon and American Aerospace Technologies Inc. have showcased a new strategy to utilize a drone to create a cell tower in the sky. UAS Magazine caught up with the team for more on their efforts. READ MORE

July 05, 2017

Swiss student team designs Voliro omnidirectional rotorcopter

BY Patrick C. MillerA team of Swiss students has designed a prototype omnidirectional drone capable of flying maneuvers not previously possible with conventional rotorcopters. Known as the Voliro project, the drone is attracting the attention of potential investors. READ MORE

June 28, 2017

Insitu equips ScanEagle with high-accuracy photogrammetry payload

BY Insitu Insitu has integrated 50-megapixel camera into its ScanEagle UAV enabling it to deliver high-accuracy photogrammetric aerial imagery to its suite of remote sensing products. The new payload is well-suited for mining and oil and gas operations. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

World View, KFC to send sandwich to the edge of space

BY Patrick C. MillerThere's no rule against combining the testing of UAS technology with fast-food marketing. That's what brought together World View's balloon-borne Stratollite system and KFC's Zinger chicken sandwich as they both head to the edge of space this week. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Kespry enters insurance sector with new drone platform features

BY Patrick C. MillerCalifornia-based Kespry has added features to its enterprise drone platform to assist insurance claims adjusters. The company's new cloud platform can now automatically identify hail damage to roofs, resulting in improved service for policyholders. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

MIT Engineers unveil drone that can fly for 5 days

BY MIT A team of MIT engineers has come up with a much less expensive UAV design that can hover for longer durations to provide wide-ranging communications support. The researchers designed, built, and tested a UAV resembling a thin glider. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Hangar space, testing advances UAV taxi development in Oregon

BY Luke GeiverA 9,600 square foot hangar space operated by SOAR Oregon is now open and ready to house a unique unmanned aircraft vehicle that Airbus believes could be the future of urban air mobility. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

UAV equipped with radiation detectors can assist hazmat teams

BY Patrick C. MillerBNC Scientific has added the Phoenix ACE RAD Airborne Radiation Detector unmanned aerial vehicle to the tools available to hazmat teams and first responders. It has the ability to reach tight spaces without exposing personnel to unnecessary risks. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

North Dakota forms task force aimed at counter-UAS testing

BY Patrick C. MillerThe state of North Dakota is forming a UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to test and demonstrate technologies that defend against rogue drone operators. Two federal agencies have expressed interest in testing counter-UAS technologies. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US Geological Survey using drones to study prescribed burns

BY Patrick C. MillerPrescribed burns used to reduce the risk to lives and property during wildfires are being studied by the U.S. Geological Survey with the use of UAS. Thermal imaging sensors on the drones gather data scientists use to study emissions and intensity. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

NASA turns to UAVs for ambitious research projects

BY NASA Three teams of NASA researchers who have dreamed up potential solutions for pieces of the unmanned aircraft systems puzzle have received the nod to officially begin formal feasibility studies of their concepts. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

Drone delivery Co. flies BVLOS in Canada

BY Luke GeiverA Canadian-based drone delivery company is eyeing 2018 after it successfully performed beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights this month. Drone Delivery Canada Corp. flew its patent pending drone delivery system BVLOS in Alberta. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

On the spot: Textron, Aeryon assess Oklahoma tornado damage

BY Patrick C. MillerA team from Textron Systems and Aeryon Labs in Oklahoma to demonstrate the value of UAS in managing disasters found itself in the middle of a real disaster. They assisted first responders after a tornado struck Elk City on May 16. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

NASA engineers develop safe landing system for small UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerSafe2Ditch technology being developed by engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center gives small UAS the ability to land in urban areas quickly, safely and autonomously in the event of a technical failure. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U.S. record set for longest drone urban package delivery

BY Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development A UAS team comprised of groups from Nevada and Texas set a U.S. record for delivering a package to an urban area after a 97-mile drone flight through the national airspace. A fixed-wing drone delivered the package to Austin, Texas. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Drones reveal potential for precision forestry

BY Luke GeiverThe open-air expanses above agriculture fields aren't the only places for precision drone work. A Seattle-based startup and a timber giant from Finland are now working to bring precision drone applications to forests. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Airbus launches drone services startup company, Airbus Aerial

BY Patrick C. MillerAviation giant Airbus this week announced the launch of a new UAS services startup company based in the U.S. Airbus Aerial combines imagery from drones and satellites and uses software to provide commercial customers with deeper insights. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Harris, Ligado partnership assists with small UAS BVLOS flights

BY Patrick C. MillerHarris Corp. and the Ligado Networks have formed a collaborative partnership to advance beyond visual line-of-sight navigation for small UAS. Ligado says its commercial satellite is well suited for the role of communicating with small UAS. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Microsoft research team creates unique drone training simulator

BY Luke GeiverAshsih Kapoor and his Microsoft research team have created a simulated world for unmanned aircraft systems that can provide data for machine learning, autonomous flights and how to avoid crashes. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Simulyze provides technology to improve UAS flight operations

BY Patrick C. MillerBehind the scenes, Simulyze Inc. has helped improve situational awareness for U.S. military air operations. Now it wants to use its technology and applications to do the same for UAS commercial operations. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Grand Sky to conduct BVLOS flights with large UAS this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation park will begin beyond visual line-of-sight flights this summer using large UAS. A contract between Harris Corp. and Grand Sky will enable UAS satellite navigation for the flights. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Gryphon Sensors introduces first operational mobile UTM system

BY Gryphon Sensors Gryphon Sensors this week introduced the UAS industry's first mobile UTM system during Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas. The company says the system sets new standards in UAS traffic management and drone security systems. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

AlarisPro software improves UAS safety for users, manufacturers

BY Patrick C. MillerSoftware developed by Maryland-based AlarisPro not only supplies operators with important information about their UAS fleet, but it also gives manufacturers data that can be used to improve safety and build better products. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

Super heavy-lift drone to be made at Florida plant

BY Luke GeiverFlorida is set to become home to the next wave of unique commercial drones to operate in the U.S. GRIFF Aviation, a Norwegian-based unmanned aircraft systems designer and manufacturer of a heavy-lift drones wants to open a plant in Tampa. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

Mini-ADS-B maker set to release newer, smaller versions for sUAS

BY Luke GeiverThe maker of a miniature ADS-B transceivers and navigation products has announced plans to debut a new line of small unmanned aircraft systems products that are lighter and better than previous versions. READ MORE