Manufacturing & Distribution

November 19, 2019

1-ton delivery drone secures flight testing contract with US Gov

BY Yates Electrospace Corp. Silent Arrow is the world's first production-ready, 1-ton, autonomous cargo aircraft, which delivers up to 1,631 pounds (740 kg) of supplies at less than half the cost of JPADS with more than double the glide ratio. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

TerraView unveils mil-spec drone capable of 70-minute flight

BY TerraView Its highly efficient design coupled with higher capacity batteries result in flight times that are on average two and a half times longer than the competition, READ MORE

November 06, 2019

Canadian drone pioneer begins trading on Canada's stock exchange

BY Luke GeiverDraganfly Inc., a manufacturer within the commercial unmanned aerial vehicle space, will begin trading on the Canadian Securities Exchange under ticker symbol DFLY. READ MORE

October 28, 2019

GE, Hybrid Project partner on long-endurance VTOL drone

BY GE Aviation GE Aviation announced a teaming agreement with Hybrid Project to provide a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) UAV designed for high endurance commercial applications at scale. READ MORE

October 22, 2019

US Border Patrol signs $5.2M deal for AeroVironment's UAV

BY Luke GeiverAeroVironment Inc. received a $5.2 million firm fixed-price contract award for the trademarked Puma 3 AE systems and support equipment on August 8, 2019 for the U.S. Border Patrol. Delivery of the drone system will happen in January 2020. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Who wins: AI piloted drone vs human racer? New race will decide

BY Luke GeiverCan a robot-controlled drone beat the best human-piloted drone team in the world? A team of researchers from Lockheed Martin believe it is possible. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Workhorse unveiling drone delivery system in San Diego

BY Luke GeiverWorkhorse and USOG are initially working together in the FAA's unmanned aerial system (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in San Diego, CA, in which USOG is utilizing a Workhorse step van and Horsefly drone. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Tethered drone maker earns $10M contract

BY Luke GeiverStarting next month, Florida-based tethered drone developer and service provider Hoverfly will be working for the U.S. Government. The company announced it has been awarded a contract worth $10 million. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Counter UAS firm acquires drone defense tech from national lab

BY Dedrone Dedrone, a counter-small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) technology provider, has announced the purchase of DroneDefender from Battelle. This purchase includes all assets and intellectual property. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Microturbine engine maker performs breakthrough UAV flight

BY Luke GeiverAfter years of innovative and intensive design and engineering work, we are elated to see our first Monarch propulsion system take flight in a TigerShark airframe from Navmar Applied Science Corp, UAV Turbines CEO said. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Walgreens, Wing set to role out drone delivery service

BY Walgreens Eligible customers in the Christiansburg, Virginia, area will have access to more than 100 products and six convenient “packs” via the Wing app that include many of Walgreens most sought-after products in store. 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 12, 2019

Pendleton UAS range plays role in unmanned cargo delivery system

BY Yates Electrospace Corp. Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), world leaders in heavy payload, unmanned cargo delivery solutions, have announced the unveiling of the trademarked Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone. The system was tested in Oregon at Pendleton range. 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

August 14, 2019

Drone delivery developer signs global distribution deal

BY AirBox Drone Delivery Systems has secured a distributor of their products including AirBox Home for the Nordic region plus India and Malaysia. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

UAS pioneer Grand Sky makes bold move into MALE UAV service

BY Luke GeiverThe team at Grand Sky Development Co. LLC, has tapped into its pioneering roots to start a new unmanned aircraft systems venture that will be the first-of-its-kind in the U.S. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

NASA inspired drone control maker earns new patents

BY Fluidity Tech Fluidity Technologies is a technology innovation company focused on redefining movement through 3-dimensional space. Founded by former NASA astronaut, pilot and physician, Scott Parazynski, the company’s mission is to simplify and improve motion. 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 01, 2019

SenseFly partners with distributor to expand US footprint

BY senseFly Enterprise UAS (previously Neat Brands) is a company specializing in the retail and wholesale distribution of emerging technologies and one of the largest enterprise drone dealers in the US. 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 04, 2019

Air Canada Cargo, Drone Delivery team to establish 150k routes

BY Luke GeiverDrone Delivery Canada Corp. has signed a deal with Air Canada Cargo to establish and operate roughly 150,000 drone delivery routes throughout Canada, mainly in rural areas. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

Silent Falcon's new fixed wing designed for long endurance

BY Silent Falcon UAS Technologies The Silent Falcon EE incorporates the newest technological innovations in solar panels, battery and solar power conversion. Silent Falcon EE can stay aloft for up to 8 hours in day time, and 4 hours at night. READ MORE

May 31, 2019

US Army selects Parrot, other drone makers for future work

BY Parrot The Short Range Reconnaissance (SRR) effort has recently awarded $11 million in funding to six companies to prototype and evaluate drones that can provide the Soldier on the ground with a rapidly deployable scouting capability. READ MORE

May 29, 2019

Drone maker Delair, seed breeder partner to enhance variety tests

BY Phenome Networks Phenome Networks, a premier plant breeding software company, and Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, will present their strategic collaboration to offer a combined system to accelerate plant breeding and variety testing. 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 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

May 08, 2019

New report, new activity shows growth of drone, precision ag

BY Staff The allure of drones used for precision agriculture continues to grow. Although the market for precision agriculture-based drones and robots was only at $2.5 million in 2018, a new report by BIS Research says the next decade will see $23 billion. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

BVLOS Boost: ND invests $30M for statewide UAS operations

BY Staff With a $30 million investment in a first-of-its-kind beyond visual line of sight network, along with other strategic UAS additions, North Dakota has the country's most unique and valuable UAS ecosystem for operations of all kinds. READ MORE

May 01, 2019

Unmanned's largest event shows mood of industry, focus on BVLOS

BY Staff The mood is strong at the world's largest gathering of unmanned systems experts and technology providers. At XPONENTIAL 2019, new technology and BVLOS operational capabilities is guiding the conversations. READ MORE