Operations

August 15, 2018

Drone assassination attempt in Venezuela should teach lessons

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone warfare expert Sarah Kreps says the attempted assassination of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shows why it's important for counter-UAS measures to stay a step ahead of those who would use drone technology for nefarious purposes. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Komatsu America selects Propeller Aero's drone mapping software

BY Patrick C. MillerKomatsu America has selected Propeller Aero's drone mapping and analytics software for its Smart Construction Initiative. Propeller says its software can make mapping a construction project up to 90 percent more efficient. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

FAA authorizes Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly BVLOS

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has authorized the Northern Plains UAS Test Site to fly beyond visual-line-of-sight missions without chase aircraft from the Grand Sky technology park. Grand Sky is adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in northeastern North Dakota. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

Software update provides faster, more efficient drone inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerToronto-based Industrial SkyWorks has released an updated version of its BlueVu software, which now provides information on the exact location, size and severity of problems identified during drone inspections. READ MORE

August 14, 2018

CalTech engineers develop bird-herding drone

BY Patrick C. MillerEngineers at CalTech are helping to improve safety for manned aircraft by developing technology that enables a single drone to herd a flock of birds out of airport airspace. The drone uses an algorithm to move birds as a group, not individually. READ MORE

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 10, 2018

UAS team assists with tracking shoreline erosion

BY Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty, staff and students are using drone imagery to help restore and preserve the shorelines of southeast Volusia County in Florida. The UAS data will be used to help mitigate future erosion. 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

August 01, 2018

FAA issues more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has issued more than 100,000 remote pilot certificates to drone pilots since the agency's small drone rule went into effect in August 2016, which also means that those receiving certificates in 2016 will soon need to renew them. READ MORE