Manufacturing & Distribution

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 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 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

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

May 09, 2018

Textron Systems unveils test bed for future UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerWith an eye toward the future, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems revealed the X5-55, a UAS that will serve as an engineering test bed for the company's new technologies. The VTOL aircraft features a vectored flight control system. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

UL developing standards to make drone batteries safer

BY Patrick C. MillerSafer lithium ion batteries manufactured under UL-certified standards will soon be coming to the UAS industry. The science safety company has been working to finalize standards that will be implemented in the U.S. and Canada and, later, worldwide. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Aspen, Sensurion join forces to develop certified UAS avionics

BY Patrick C. MillerAspen Avionics of New Mexico and Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace have formed a partnership aimed at filling the certified avionics gap between hobbyist and military drones. This will include autopilot, communications and navigation systems. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

DJI partners on first custom-built commercial drone

BY Skycatch Commercial drone data company Skycatch, and DJI, a manufacturer of civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, have extended their partnership to manufacture and deliver a fleet of high-precision drones for Komatsu Smart Construction. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Two companies announce counter-UAS developments

BY Patrick C. Miller Gryphon Sensors and WhiteFox Defense Technologies are joining forces to develop a more capable counter-UAS solution. Australia-based DroneShield has unveiled a book-sized radar called RadarZero that can detect drones up 820 yards away. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

PrecisionHawk secures $75 million for commercial drone technology

BY PrecisionHawk Inc. PrecisionHawk has raised $75 million from a group of venture and strategic investors, bringing its total funding to more than $100 million since its founding in 2010. PrecisionHawk plans to use the investment to focus on innovation and acquisitions. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Boeing's Aurora partners with maker of nickel-size drone module

BY Luke GeiverAurora Flight Sciences is adding small drone collision avoidance technology to its suite of unmanned aircraft systems technology. Through a collaboration with California-based Socionext Inc., the company is now developing a nickel-size module. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Elevation maps added to Sentera’s precision ag software

BY Patrick C. MillerSentera has added elevation maps to FieldAgent, its software analytics platform for UAS precision agriculture applications. The map data can be used to increase efficiencies and create plans to improve drainage on cropland. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik sees the use of drones as a terror weapon as a growing threat. Military and security organizations around the world see the company's DroneGun as an effective countermeasure to the potential threat. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Ballard, Insitu partner on UAS fuel cell propulsion system

BY Patrick C. MillerBallard Power Systems and Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, recently signed a contract to integrate a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system into the ScanEagle fixed-wing UAS. The new fuel cells increase power with little increase in size or weight. READ MORE

January 02, 2018

Aerospace manufacturers eliminate weak link in aero machining

BY Cling Aerospace A small issue in aerospace manufacturing can be fixed by focusing on the designs or solutions used to machine certain parts in a fixed toolhoder process. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Solar firm starts work on fixed-wing UAV

BY Luke GeiverA commercial- and industrial-scale unmanned aircraft vehicle developed by AeroVironment will soon be getting a solar upgrade. Through a contract awarded by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, SolAero will outfit a drone with a solar wing. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Chinese tech maker unveils plan connecting low-flying drones

BY Luke GeiverHuawei, the China-based maker of smartwatches, tablets, smartphones and broadband networks, has put a new focus on its digital sky initiative. The new push aims to enable the low airspace drone flights that are connected to broadband. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Military, security applications to dominate UAV markets

BY Patrick C. MillerMarkets and Markets, a global research and consulting firm, says that while the commercial sector of the UAS market will experience rapid growth through 2022, military and security applications will capture the largest segment of the market. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

UAS startup finalists selected for Central New York program

BY Patrick C. MillerSix UAS startup finalists have been selected for a Central New York business accelerator program called GENIUS NY. It's aimed at providing resources to companies with potential and establishing the region as a leader in the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Intel sees positive signs in Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerAlthough Intel doesn't yet know what part it will play in the U.S. Drone Integration Pilot program, Anil Nanduri, the company's UAS general manager, believes the ability to test technology in real-world environments will benefit the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Skysense releases new drone charging stations

BY Patrick C. MillerSkysense is finding that persistence pays off as the demand for its drone charging stations has increased over the past year. The Germany-based company's latest products for indoor and outdoor use provide the fastest charging yet. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

Yamaha’s new unmanned drone, FAZER, set for US debut

BY Luke GeiverYamaha Motors is making its first-ever appearance at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and it is bringing drones. Yamaha will show-off its new commercial and industrial spraying drone, the FAZER, along with another multirotor. READ MORE

November 22, 2017

Attorneys see positive signs for UAS from federal government

BY Patrick C. MillerBetween FAA reorganization, Congressional reauthorization of the agency and the Trump administration's drone pilot program, two veteran aviation attorneys see reason for optimism that 2018 will be a better year for the UAS industry. READ MORE

November 21, 2017

Israel firm unveils defense industry drone to commercial market

BY Percepto Sparrow I uses PerceptoCore, the company’s patented processing module for drones. This technology is already being used in leading defense industry drones and is available for the first time for commercial use with the release of Sparrow I. READ MORE

November 15, 2017

Insitu continues UAS oil and gas inspections in Australia

BY Insitu Insitu has signed an agreement with Queensland Gas Co. in Australia to provide UAS oil and gas infrastructure inspections and management services. The contract is the culmination of two years of extensive testing and evaluation. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

DroneTracker 3 improves drone detection and tracking

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone Inc. has released DroneTracker 3, an updated version of its security system for detecting and tracking drones being used for spying, hacking and other activities. The update is designed for integration into existing security systems. READ MORE