Manufacturing & Distribution

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

November 07, 2017

Arizona UAS event reveals changes coming to industry

BY Luke GeiverSpeakers from the FAA and AUVSI provided attendees of the second Arizona UAS Summit & Expo held this week in Mesa with insight and perspective on the future of the UAS industry. Drone swarms and UAS traffic management were among the topics discussed. READ MORE

October 26, 2017

Trump administration seeks to advance UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program. The goal is to speed up the safe integration of drones and provide an economic boost. READ MORE

October 24, 2017

Wingtra’s VTOL drone now available with Pix4D’s software

BY Patrick C. MillerEuropean drone manufacturer Wingtra is partnering with Pix4D to provide 2D mapping and 3D model construction software for the vertical-takeoff-and-landing WingtraOne. The drone is used primarily for surveying and precision agriculture applications. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Boeing strikes deal to acquire Aurora Flight Services

BY Patrick C. MillerAurora Flight Services will become part of the Boeing Co. after the two entities signed an agreement last week. Aurora has developed and flown more than 30 unmanned aircraft since its founding in 1989 and has collaborated with Boeing in the past. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Drone delivery system tethers packages to any customer location

BY Luke GeiverDrones in flight aren't limited by terrain or traffic, so why should they be limited by a zip or postal code? That is the question a team of researchers from Cambridge Consultants is asking. They've developed a new, product box tethered-based system. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Avitas, NVIDIA team up for high-tech UAS inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAvitas Systems and NVIDIA have partnered to take industrial inspection using drones and other robotics to a new level. Artificial intelligence, deep learning and super-computing power in the field can not only find problems, but also predict them. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

FlightWave, Intelligent Energy introduce fuel cell-powered drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn partnership with Intelligent Energy, FlightWave Aerospace Systems is launching its second new unmanned aircraft system in less than a month. The Jupiter-H2 aircraft runs on a 650W fuel cell, providing longer endurance and greater payload capacity. READ MORE

September 08, 2017

Industry experts, major companies featured at Arizona UAS Summit

BY John NelsonFocused on both small and large unmanned aircraft systems, the 2nd Annual Arizona UAS Summit & Expo will reveal how Arizona and surrounding southwestern states are leading in the commercialization of UAVs. The event will be held in Mesa Nov. 6-8. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

General Atomics CEO outlines plans for new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last week dedicated a new UAS training center in North Dakota that's already trained 55 air crews. Company CEO Linden Blue said the facility will also serve as a test center for sensors, satellite communications and other technology. READ MORE

August 30, 2017

Northrop Grumman expansion brings jobs to Grand Sky facility

BY Patrick C. MillerNorthrop Grumman last week began construction on a new 35,000-square-foot hanger with space to house two Global Hawks at its Grand Sky facility in North Dakota. The company expects to have 100 employees working at the facility by year's end. READ MORE

August 16, 2017

Farmers Insurance turns to Kespry for roof inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerAfter four years of studying the use of drones to inspect roof damage, an FAA policy change and Kespry's UAS technology led Farmers Insurance to introduce UAS for commercial operations. Safety and faster claims for customers are among the advantages. READ MORE