Operations

November 08, 2017

NUAIR announces first phase of New York UTM corridor

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance launched the first phase of a 50-mile unmanned traffic management corridor aimed at growing the drone industry in Central New York. Vendors are being sought for Phase II of the project. READ MORE

November 08, 2017

AirMap mobile app offers automated airspace authorization

BY Patrick C. MillerThrough a partnership the the FAA, AirMap's mobile app can now be used to request digital authorization to fly commercially in the airspace of five prototype evaluation sites with Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. 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

November 07, 2017

Workhorse optimizes last-mile delivery with integrated drone

BY Workhorse Group Inc. Workhorse Group Inc. has begun implementing agreements to test and operate its new N-Gen electric van equipped with an integrated delivery drone. The aircraft launches from the roof of the van and can deliver packages weighing up to 10 pounds. 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BY Patrick C. MillerCalling the current unmanned aircraft regulatory framework "outdated," the Trump administration this week launched the UAS Integration Pilot Program.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 25, 2017

Drones in service: Oilfield transformation from above

BY Patrick C. MillerSmall unmanned aircraft systems are already at work in the oil and gas industry, but major players in aviation are making plans for even more capable drones READ MORE

October 25, 2017

University research reveals shortcomings of the UAS perspective

BY Patrick C. MillerWhile the UAS view from above provides a unique perspective, research at North Carolina State University reveals that it can also pose problems for operators on the ground. Better training and interface design could provide the solution. READ MORE

October 25, 2017

Multi-member group proves drone-based security response system

BY Luke GeiverA private wireless network developer has partnered with a security provider and an award-winning drone developer on a new system that will significantly increase home security response times. 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 24, 2017

ASU team to explain swarming drones controlled via brainwaves

BY Luke GeiverResearchers at Arizona State University's Human-Oriented Robotics and Control Lab have thought long and hard about drones. Their efforts researching brainwave control of drone swarms will be explained at the Arizona UAS Summit. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Intel UAS technology aids environmental researchers

BY Patrick C. MillerStudying polar bears and whales in the wild helps researchers take the pulse of earth's environment. Intel drones and artificial intelligence are helping scientists learn more about the world's health in a safer, less invasive manner. READ MORE

October 10, 2017

Partnership develops UAS, GIS solution to assist firefighters

BY Patrick C. MillerWith wildfires continuing to rage across California, Insitu, FireWhat and Esri have teamed up to assist incident commanders and firefighters. The companies developed a system using UAS and GIS technology that provides near-real time information. 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

HAZON Solutions lists UAS crisis response lessons learned

BY Patrick C. MillerVirginia-based HAZON Solutions sent crisis response teams to fly small UAS following hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Based on the experience gained, the company offered a list of what operators should know and do before responding to a disaster scene. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

General Atomics sets UAS record with flight in civilian airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics last month flew a Predator from its new North Dakota facility using a high-tech satellite navigation system to set a new record for an unmanned flight in Class A civilian airspace. The flight occurred without a chase plane. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Illinois drone-service franchise opens for local, national work

BY Luke GeiverMeasure, one of the largest drone service providers in the U.S., is hoping Springfield, Illinois, will be the location that starts a major trend. This week, the company held its first-ever grand opening of a new drone service franchise. READ MORE

September 27, 2017

Drone measures effect of wind turbines on farmland

BY Patrick C. MillerDepending on weather conditions, air disturbances from wind turbines can positively or negatively impact the farmland beneath the blades. Researchers from Embry-Riddle and Mississippi State used an instrument-equipped drone to study the effects. READ MORE

September 21, 2017

Textron Systems UAS team deploys multicast feed during Harvey

BY Patrick C. MillerEarlier this year, Textron Systems deployed a UAS team to assist a town in Oklahoma struck by a tornado. The company's team gained more firsthand experience when it was embedded with a group of first responders headed to Texas after Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 19, 2017

Canada, Kongsberg to develop drone emergency management system

BY Kongsberg Geospatial Kongsberg Geospatial, an Ottawa-based developer of geospatial software technology, has announced that Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) has awarded them a contract to produce an emergency operations plan for drones. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Honeywell UAV experts explain new collaboration with Intel

BY Luke GeiverEnd-user clients looking for unmanned aircraft systems-services will most likely recognize the UAS-world's newest duo of big-name collaborators: Intel and Honeywell. Learn why they are working together and what they have to offer. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Drones help restore power in Jacksonville after Hurricane Irma

BY Patrick C. MillerDrone operator SkySkopes and eSmart Systems were quickly on the scene in Jacksonville, Florida, after Hurricane Irma to help safely restore power to thousands of customers. The use of UAS for disaster response is likely to be an ongoing trend. 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 13, 2017

Highlights from Verizon’s drone work post-Harvey

BY Luke GeiverVerizon's continued integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the communication giant's internal operations and external offerings was on full display post Hurricane Harvey. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Risk manager survey reveals No. 1 concern with drones

BY Luke GeiverThe Risk Management Society Annual Conference held earlier this year in April provided the backdrop for a new survey that reveals the mood of risk managers on drones. 100 risk managers were surveyed. READ MORE

September 13, 2017

Atlas Dynamics releases drone charging station for longer flights

BY Atlas Dynamics Atlas Dynamics, a leading provider of drone-based solutions for the professional user, has released its new Atlas NEST smart protective charging station for autonomous BVLOS operation. 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 30, 2017

Drones bring greater efficiency to inventory management

BY Patrick C. MillerRFID tags to make inventory management in large warehouses more efficient didn't live up to their promise. But now a research team at MIT has developed a system using drones and RFID tags that could save the retail industry billions of dollars. READ MORE