Engineering & Design

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

April 27, 2017

ATL airport deploys drones for runway maintenance

BY Luke GeiverThe busiest airport in the U.S. has turned to small unmanned aircraft vehicles to enhance and maintain day-to-day operations. Michael Baker International, an engineering and consulting service has deployed a drone to monitor heavy aircraft runways. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Northrop Grumman opens new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerNorthrop Grumman last week officially opened its new facility adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota as the first anchor tenant of the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park, calling it a unique opportunity for innovation. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

3DR shares progress updates on commercial sUAS work

BY Luke GeiverThe issue with 3D Robotics efforts to move from serving the hobbyist market to the commercial enterprise space hasn't been related to its unmanned aircraft system or software performance. The highly publicized drone entity has the stories to prove it READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders

BY Patrick C. MillerVerizon is testing a drone equipped as a flying cell tower to demonstrate its ability to provide communications to first responders during emergencies and disasters when normal communications are knocked out. A larger test is planned for next month. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Nation’s largest private aggregate producer partners with Airware

BY Luke GeiverThe nation's largest family-owned producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel is shifting its focus to the sky. Luck Stone, based in Richmond, Virginia, has partnered with Airware to better utilize drone data on more than 22 sites. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Pipeline inspection drone developed for oil and gas industry

BY Patrick C. MillerThe vertical-take-off-and-landing SkyOne UAS developed by SkyX, a new Canadian aerospace company, is intended to serve the oil and gas industry's need for pipeline inspection, mapping and surveillance. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

ACSS, NASA plan UAS collision avoidance flight tests this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerFollowing last year's successful flight tests with Northrop Grumman's optionally piloted Firebird aircraft, Arizona avionics developer ACSS will this summer be working with NASA to test a new version of its UAS collision avoidance system. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

DARPA continues General Atomics' Gremlins Phase 2 contract

BY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. DARPA will continue its contract with General Atomics for Phase 2 of the agency's Gremlins program, which is developing technology to launch and recover volleys of low-cost, reusable drones from a manned aircraft. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Hydrogen fuel cell maker inks first deal with US drone operator

BY Luke GeiverHydrogen fuel cell designer Intelligent Energy has signed its first deal for the supply of the U.K.-based firm's drone power system. PINC, a California-based warehouse and logistics solutions provider will outfit drones with the fuel cell. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Dynetics wins DARPA contract for Gremlin swarming drones

BY Dynetics Alabama-based Dynetics Inc. has won a $21 million contract from DARPA to develop low-cost, swarming drones called Gremlins that can be launched in a volley from an aircraft and retrieved in midair. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Security company aims to halt expanding drone threats

BY Patrick C. MillerWith 600,000 new drones entering the airspace every month, Joerg Lamprecht, CEO of Dedrone, believes the need for drone security technology is growing every day. His company is helping keep businesses and people safe around the world. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

University studies drone swarms to clean up oil spills

BY Patrick C. Miller Studying how ants swarm to and from a food site is helping researchers at the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences understand how swarms of drones might one day be used to clean up an oil spill. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Global farm equipment dealer explains move into drone offerings

BY Luke GeiverThe conversation on drones and precision agriculture farming practices is changing. UAS Magazine spoke with CNH Industrial about its partnership with DroneDeploy and how ag-clients view drones as a tool. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Insitu hopes to give U.S. Coast Guard cutters the UAS advantage

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu is well positioned to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with the small UAS it plans to have aboard its cutters in the next few years. The company has plenty of experience testing and operating is Scan Eagle from the service's ships. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

DARPA unveils shipping container-sized UAV deployment system

BY DARPA SideArm fits in the footprint of a standard 20-foot shipping container for easy transport by truck, ship, rail, C-130 transport aircraft, and CH-47 heavy-lift helicopter. The small-footprint system is designed to operate from trucks or ships. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Counter-drone company Dedrone attracts $15 million in new funds

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone's rapid expansion into the counter-drone market has attracted $15 million in new funding. One investor is John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, who said Dedrone empowers enterprise and federal customers regain control of airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

General Atomics new SkyGuardian has commercial potential

BY Patrick C. MillerThe SkyGuardian, a new, upgraded version of the General Atomics Predator B, is going through an FAA type certification process that will enable it and other larger drone designs to eventually operate in the national airspace. READ MORE

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