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December 04, 2019

SkyGrid now apart of FAA's UAS low altitude airspace system

BY SkyGrid SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a supplier of Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services. READ MORE

December 04, 2019

With drones, Sony continues expansion into ag

BY Sony Electronics Inc. With the launch of Sony’s Version 2.0 Software update, the enhanced agriculture solution consisting of a drone-mounted multispectral sensing unit and Fast Field Analyzer image analytics software will help the company expand in ag. READ MORE

November 19, 2019

Fixed-wing drone maker senseFly partners with Microsoft, Trimble

BY SenseFly SenseFly, the global manufacturer of fixed-wing drones, has announced new strategic partnerships. The organizations include Trimble and Microsoft and demonstrate the capability and suitability of senseFly's precision ag abilities. READ MORE

November 06, 2019

ParaZero, Helios bring drone flights over people to Chicago

BY Luke GeiverHelios Visions is now flying drone flights over people in Chicago, and once again, ParaZero is a major reason why. Helios is now only the forty-seventh company in the U.S. to receive the Part 107.39 waiver. READ MORE

October 29, 2019

Kongsberg, AiRXOS partner on new UAS mobility platform

BY Kongsberg Geospatial Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based air traffic management company, and AiRXOS, part of GE Aviation, announced today that AiRXOS has fully integrated the real-time airspace mobility platform into Kongsberg technology. READ MORE

October 25, 2019

International consortium to use drones for Arctic monitoring

BY Integrated Remote Sensing for the Arctic A new consortium of international companies, called IRSA Development Group (IDG), has formed to bring remote sensing capabilities to the Arctic. Boeing and others will use various drones to help monitor and assess the security of the arctic. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Drone delivery partnerships expand in US, Canada

BY Luke GeiverDrone delivery announcements continue to land this month. Drone Delivery Canada Corp. said this week the Toronto-based firm has signed a commercial agreement with DSV Air & Sea Inc. UPS Flight Forward will work with CVS Pharmacy. READ MORE

October 23, 2019

Comm-link provider for drone flights partners with Robotic Skies

BY SqwaQ SqwaQ’s patented, postcard-sized communications modem aggregates the bandwidth of up to twelve 3G/4G/LTE data connections. This powerful multi-redundant massive throughput enables reliable drone command and control nationwide. 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 21, 2019

Drone passenger vehicle maker, Germany's largest telecom partner

BY EHang EHang, the world's leading autonomous aerial vehicle (AAV) technology platform company, has announced a strategic partnership with Vodafone, one of the world's biggest telecoms that serves 600 million customers. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Raytheon, AirMap unveil new UAS traffic workstation

BY Raytheon Co. Raytheon Co. and AirMap, a global airspace intelligence platform for drones, have integrated AirMap's unmanned aerial systems (UAS) monitoring capabilities onto a working prototype of Raytheon's next-generation air traffic controller workstation. READ MORE

October 21, 2019

Wing, FedEx use drones for direct home delivery

BY FedEx For the first time in the United States, a drone completed a scheduled commercial residential delivery to a home in Christiansburg, Virginia. The drone delivery was conducted by Wing Aviation, in collaboration with FedEx. 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

General Atomics, NASA partner to showcase large UAV in NAS

BY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has signed a cooperative agreement with NASA to perform a demonstration flight as part of the agency’s project to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System (NAS). READ MORE

October 01, 2019

UPS Flight Forward gains FAA approval to launch drone airline

BY UPS Flight Forward UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. today announced it has received the U.S. government's first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. 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 25, 2019

AirMap acquires sophisticated flight automation developer

BY Luke GeiverAirMap is adding a new layer to its globally-used drone product offering. Already a major provider of airspace management and flight operations software, AirMap will now be able to provide high-precision flight automation. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Report: foreign makers dominate drones used for US public safety

BY Droneresponders Our goal for this report was to better understand the perspectives of America’s first responders who are using drones made in China. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Boeing shows capability of unmanned aircraft refueler

BY Boeing Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous flight under the direction of Boeing at an airport in Illinois. 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 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 11, 2019

Drone swarm software service developer gains more funding

BY vHive Since its seed investment, vHive has attracted Fortune 500 companies who use its software platform across a variety of industries and geographies. vHive has enabled its customers to conduct thousands of drone surveys. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Vineyard management proves worth of drones in precision ag

BY Luke GeiverPollen Systems Corp. is revealing the true value of drones to agricultural growers. The Bellevue, Washington-based ag data and analytics firm is using drones to find and help mitigate specific pests across large acreage blocks at vineyards. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Flirtey details new drone delivery system, the Eagle

BY Luke GeiverDrone delivery system developer Flirtey has unveiled a new system that could be performing routine operations next year. To announce its new Flirtey Eagle, the Nevada-based company took the stage at the National Press Club. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

XAG combats pests with crop spraying drones

BY XAG A special automated spraying mechanism, features micron-level droplets and powerful downdraft, is designed to achieve uniform applications of ultralow-volume pesticides. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Tests on eVTOL drone for delivery go well for Bell Textron

BY Bell Textron Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc.company, has announced the successful first autonomous flight of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 at their testing site near Fort Worth. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

DARPA, research partners tests drone swarms in urban settings

BY Luke GeiverNew testing by a team of researchers and private companies led by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has helped demonstrate how drone swarms can be used in urban environments. 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