Engineering & Design

March 25, 2019

Sabrewing, Alaska tribe to develop Bering Sea UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerSabrewing Aircraft Co. and a native Alaskan tribe have signed an agreement with an estimated value of $43 million to test 10 aircraft—both manned and unmanned—at a site centered on Saint Paul Island in the Bering Sea 770 miles west of Anchorage. READ MORE

March 18, 2019

NUAIR deploys ANRA Technologies UTM system at UAS test site

BY NUAIR ALLIANCE The NUAIR Alliance based in Syracuse, New York, is advancing the capabilities of the state's UAS test site by implementing a drone traffic management system developed by ANRA Technologies to operate multiple UAS in shared airspace. READ MORE

March 13, 2019

Flirtey and Reno receive FAA approval for BVLOS drone delivery

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has approved BVLOS flights for the city of Reno, Nevada, and Flirtey, its partner in the UAS Integration Pilot Program. Flirtey will use its latest drone to deliver emergency defibrillators to heart attack victims. READ MORE

March 12, 2019

Kaman developing next generation of optionally-manned K-MAX

BY Patrick C. MillerWork is underway at Kaman Aerospace Group in Connecticut on the next generation of the optionally-manned K-MAX helicopter. Updated unmanned systems kits will be available for new and existing K-MAX helicopters beginning next year. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

BVLOS oil and gas inspections conducted in Nigeria

BY Patrick C. MillerThe combination of professional drone pilots, situational awareness software, a long-range UAS and regulatory supervision enabled Aerial Robotix to demonstrate its BVLOS inspection capabilities for the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. READ MORE

March 06, 2019

Echodyne counter-UAS radar selected by Black Sage Technologies

BY Echodyne Corp. Echodyne's counter-drone EchoGuard radar has been selected by Black Sage Technologies as the preferred radar sensor for its mid-range counter-UAS security solutions. The radar cues other sensors to identify and potentially mitigate drone intruders. READ MORE

February 28, 2019

Former Insitu CEO picked to lead Arizona-based World View

BY Patrick C. MillerRyan Hartman, former Insitu CEO, has been selected to lead World View, a company based in Arizona that specializes in advanced stratospheric balloons controlled by UAS technology. He is expected to lead the company into commercial operations. READ MORE

February 27, 2019

Innovation program explores UAS satellite communications

BY Patrick C. MillerLondon-based Inmarsat is partnering with Cobham and Starburst to launch a grassroots innovation program studying the role of satellite communications in the commercial UAS market. The goal is to integrate satellite connectivity into drone operations. READ MORE

February 26, 2019

Demonstration shows value of drones at crime scene investigations

BY Patrick C. MillerThe use of drones for crime scene investigation was demonstrated in Nevada last month by Sundance Media Group and five other companies. After two drones surveyed the mock murder scene, images and maps were produced within minutes. READ MORE

February 21, 2019

Drone Delivery Canada unveils Condor large delivery UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Drone Delivery Canada has unveiled a new cargo delivery drone it says pushes the limits of payload capacity and flight range. The 22-foot-long Condor has a 400 pound payload capacity and a range of up to 120 miles. READ MORE

February 15, 2019

Hydrogen fuel cell-powered drone sets new flight time record

BY Patrick C. MillerMetaVista Inc., a South Korean company specializing in hydrogen power, flew a quadcopter drone for nearly 11 hours by pairing its technology with an Intelligent Energy fuel cell module. It's believed to be the longest flight time of its kind. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Drone Graffiti Project launched at Mexico City street art fair

BY Patrick C. MillerEarlier this month, the Drone Graffiti Project was launched during Mexico City’s Art Week, one of the top street art festivals in Latin America. Innovative technology enabled graffiti artists to reach places never before possible. READ MORE

February 13, 2019

Delair releases new cloud-based aerial intelligence platform

BY Patrick C. MillerCommercial drone technology developer Delair has released a new cloud-based platform for converting drone images into actionable business insights. It provides optimized analytics for a wide variety of industries. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

NFL Super Bowl halftime show featured Intel drones

BY Intel Corp. During the Super Bowl, Intel Corp. partnered with the NFL to create the first-ever live drone lightshow during halftime. Intel and the NFL have also made advanced Intel True View highlights available for fans to relive big moments from from the game. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Drones track bees to improve pollination and crop production

BY Patrick C. MillerA collaboration between Bee Innovative, an Australian startup company, and the University of North Dakota's UAS program will use drones to track bees. The technology has been used successfully by Australian farmers to increase crop yields. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

FLIR Systems acquires Aeryon Labs for $200 million

BY Patrick C. MillerFLIR Systems Inc. has acquired Canadian drone developer Aeryon Labs for $200 million to reinforce its long-term strategy aimed at becoming a provider of complete UAS solutions. FLIR will continue expanding its UAS capabilities into other markets. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

FAA proposes new rules to move UAS industry forward

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has published notices of proposed rulemaking for drone flights over people and nighttime operations without requiring waivers from the agency. The Department of Transportation is also moving ahead to develop UAS traffic management technology. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

General Atomics collaborates with businesses in UK, Belgium

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is collaborating with businesses in the United Kingdom and Belgium to support its operational and new remotely piloted aircraft systems. The Belgian team includes five businesses while the UK group has 12. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Amazon testing commercial UAS traffic management system

BY Patrick C. MillerA team at Amazon Prime Air is working with NASA and Single European Sky ATM Research to develop a traffic management system for small UAS conducting commercial operations in the same airspace. The goal is safe operations for all drones. READ MORE

January 17, 2019

Aria Insights transforms CyPhy Works tech with new AI abilities

BY Aria Insights Founded by the team at CyPhy Works, Aria Insights is expanding upon CyPhy’s tethered drone legacy by integrating AI and machine learning software into its drones. The company will provide customers with intelligent, autonomous drones to gather data. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Drone powered by fuel cell sets new UAS industry benchmark

BY Patrick C. MillerThe advantages of hydrogen fuel cells as a UAS power source were recently demonstrated when a 44-pound drone carried an 11-pound payload nonstop for 70 minutes, a new industry benchmark. The project is supported by Innovate UK. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

UAS could improve management of complex forest environments

BY Patrick C. MillerA research paper from the University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources says that drones have the potential to provide timely and accurate reference data on forests to help make better make better forest management decisions. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. Black & Veatch and Interactive Aerial discuss potential UAS uses for the biomass market. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

FLIR Lepton camera integrated into DJI Mavic 2 Dual drone

BY Patrick C. MillerFLIR Systems and DJI will further their collaborative efforts with the integration of FLIR's Lepton micro thermal imaging camera into DJI's Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone. It marks their second collaboration under the Thermal by FLIR program. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

UAS BVLOS network successfully tested in eastern North Dakota

BY Patrick C. MillerThe University of North Dakota, Harris Corp. and the Northern Plains UAS Test Site have conducted successful flight tests using a BVLOS UAS network with the potential to broaden the commercial use of drones. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

Counter-UAS companies comment on Gatwick Airport drone incident

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield Ltd. and Dedrone Inc., two leading manufacturers of counter-UAS technologies, say the incident at the UK's Gatwick Airport which disrupted air travel for two days demonstrates the need for UAS countermeasures at large airports. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

ANSI group releases UAS standardization roadmap

BY Patrick C. MillerThe American National Standards Institute—known as ANSI—has released a UAS standards roadmap produced by its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Standardization Collaborative. The goal is to encourage a coordinated approach for UAS standards development. READ MORE

January 01, 2019

Liteye delivers counter-UAS system to Northrop Grumman

BY Patrick C. MillerColorado-based Liteye Systems Inc. last month completed delivery of a containerized anti-unmanned defense system (C-AUDS) to Northrop Grumman. The system can be customized for non-military counter-drone, surveillance and security operations. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

Austrian company develops parachute rescue system for DJI drone

BY Patrick C. MillerAustrian company Drone Rescue Systems has developed an emergency parachute system for the widely used DJI M600 drone. The lightweight system is designed to deploy a parachute in the event of a drone malfunction or total failure. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Intel's UAS technology inspects Minnesota, Kentucky bridges

BY Patrick C. MillerIntel collaborated with transportation departments in Minnesota and Kentucky to demonstrate how its UAS technology can make bridge inspections safer and more efficient, as well as improve the reliability of data collection. READ MORE