Operations

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

Aerospace engineer explains multirotor UAV for glacier research

BY University of Kansas A University of Kansas aerospace engineer has earned the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty to design, build and fly a radar suite and integrate it on a helicopter-based UAV. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Kespry, Dronebase partner on 'bring your own drone' program

BY Kespry Kespry’s customers will now be able to leverage DroneBase to manage their Kespry deployments as part of Kespry’s new Bring Your Own Drone program. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

With UPS Flight Forward, drone delivery operations near reality

BY UPS UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the trademarked UPS network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

Updated: FAA, USAF, industry giants head to ND for UAS event

BY Staff Top officials from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force have announced their intention to partake in a unique joint-presentation. 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 02, 2019

Drone service report recognizes SkySkopes for innovation, growth

BY Luke GeiverFrost & Sullivan has recently evaluated the 22 top DSPs around the globe based on their growth performance and ability to innovate. Of these 22 companies, only 5 fell into the “sweet spot” range on the Frost Radar which exhibits an optimal mix. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

DJI creates high-security solution for government drone programs

BY DJI Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

Drone management tool could cut operation costs in half

BY Dronecloud The Dronecloud platform was built by a team of drone operators and designed to be the single most comprehensive tool on the market today. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

ND DOT receives 4-year FAA waiver for drone flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation This is the first time a North Dakota state agency has received a waiver to routinely conduct UAS operations over people using a drone, in this case a DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery system. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UAH to test drones for earthquake first respondents

BY University of Alabama in Huntsville RSESC’s involvement will center on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into disaster response and recovery operations by using open-source Internet of Things (IoT) software. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

SkyGuardian Surpasses 100 Test Flights

BY Luke Geiver The MQ-9B SkyGuardian Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), designed and developed by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., has now flown more than 100 test flights as development continues. 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

June 03, 2019

Micro weather analytics firm focused on drones gains investors

BY TruWeather Solutions Inc. TruWeather Solutions, Inc., a micro weather data and analytics company successfully raised a Series Seed investment from Kluz Ventures, through its The Flying Object and The Next Impact funds. 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 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 22, 2019

FAA changes rules for recreational drone pilots

BY Federal Aviation Administration While recreational flyers may continue to fly below 400 feet in uncontrolled airspace without specific certification or operating authority from the FAA, they are now required to obtain prior authorization from the FAA before flying near airports. READ MORE

May 20, 2019

DHL, EHang partner on drone delivery in China

BY DHL It reduces one-way delivery time from 40 minutes to only eight minutes and can save costs of up to 80 percent per delivery, with reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint compared with road transportation. READ MORE

May 14, 2019

Drone swarm operations gaining traction

BY Luke GeiverAs the drone industry gains the ability to fly beyond visual line of sight operations, flights over people or during no-light conditions, another use-case is also gaining traction: drone swarms. READ MORE

May 10, 2019

Boeing's cargo air vehicle completes first outdoor flight

BY Boeing Boeing has successfully completed the first outdoor flight tests of the cargo air vehicle (CAV). In a safe and controlled environment, the electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) unmanned aerial vehicle was a success. 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

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 07, 2019

Drone developer, fiber optics firm partner to monitor pipelines

BY Luke GeiverAs shale oil and gas production continues to increase across the U.S., pipeline gathering and takeaway capacity used to the move crude oil or natural gas is providing an opportunity for unique monitoring efforts like those of SkyX. 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 24, 2019

ND establishes first ever UAS super corridor for BVLOS

BY Staff The path to commercially viable beyond visual line of sight flights was revealed this week along a 100-mile super corridor established in North Dakota. READ MORE

April 22, 2019

Black Swift UAS chosen for arctic research project in Greenland

BY Black Swift Technologies To discover how atmospheric conditions interplay with ice shelf mass reduction, the company's S2 drone will operate at subzero temperatures and fly at altitudes up to 14,000 feet, right on the edge of commercial airspace. 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 18, 2019

Swiss drone designed for search and rescue missions

BY Staff Report With the ability to autonomously scan large geographical search areas, The helicopter-like Rega drone will be deployed on missions to search for missing, injured or ill persons in advance of manned helicopter or ground rescue operations. READ MORE

April 15, 2019

The case for digital license plates for drones

BY Mariah Scott Consistent standards for remote identification, deconfliction, and communication will also allow aircraft and software to understand where other aircraft are and how to avoid each other aiding in BVLOS flights. READ MORE