Manufacturing & Distribution

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

April 23, 2019

Sky Power unveils new combustion engines for drones

BY Sky Power GmbH The German engine maker will display its newest drone motors at AUVSI's Xponential 2019 in Chicago. The lineup ranges from small single-cylinder engines based on carburetor technology to two-cylinder engines with carburetor or fuel injection systems. READ MORE

April 19, 2019

Parrot launches professional thermography drone package

BY Tom BryanThe system will allow operators to view live thermal and high-definition images of surfaces, structures and at-risk areas as the drone flies over or under them. Arriving in May, the drone is targeted at industrial and commercial end-users. READ MORE

April 10, 2019

FLIR makes strategic investment in DroneBase UAS pilot network

BY Patrick C. MillerA strategic investment by FLIR Systems Inc. makes it the exclusive provider of thermal product solutions and thermal imaging training for DroneBase's global UAS pilot network. Training will occur through the FLIR Infrared Training Center. READ MORE

March 26, 2019

Report: UAS industry shows exponential growth since 2016

BY Patrick C. MillerA recently released report from AUVSI and the Danish Technological Institute reveals that growth in the UAS industry has been exponential since 2016. About 80 percent of UAS technology patents have been published over the past two years. READ MORE

March 25, 2019

Consumer DBUS2 drone features new autonomous flight technology

BY Patrick C. MillerVisual inertial odometry—or VIO—is a new technology that enables drones to navigate on their own without human input. The DBUS2 is the first consumer drone equipped with the system. DbUS calls VIO the first step on the road to autonomous flight. 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

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 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