Operations

February 12, 2020

Reality show to highlight role of drones in difficult survey ops

BY MicroDrone "Down to Earth," a new reality series, reveals the challenges and hazards that professional surveyors face while out in the field. The series, sponsored by MicroDrones, shows how challenging survey operations can be overcome by drones. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Chinese ag-drone spayer maker helping with coronavirus

BY Luke GeiverAn agricultural-focused drone platform and systems developer from China has shifted its focus to helping stop the spread of Covid19, the novel coronavirus that has caused a global health emergency. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

SkyGrid now gives drone pilots hyper local weather

BY SkyGrid SkyGrid, a Boeing, SparkCognition company, has announced it is integrating multiple data layers, including hyper-local weather data, into its aerial operating system to enable safer drone operations. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

Drone delivery firm Flirtey gains crucial safety patent

BY Luke GeiverLess than a month after releasing a new video detailing a Flirtey drone delivery operation, the innovative unmanned aircraft systems company has announced the receipt of a crucial new patent. READ MORE

February 12, 2020

New payload will make stratosphere drone flights possible

BY Loon Alphabet's Loon LLC and HAPSMobile Inc. have announced the development of a communications payload for HAWK30, a solar-powered unmanned aircraft system designed to fly in the stratosphere. READ MORE

February 05, 2020

Xcel Energy, eSmart, drone maker partner on AI-powered system

BY eSmart Systems ESmart Systems, Xcel Energy and EDM International have announced the first phase of a strategic initiative to deploy AI-based collaborative intelligence for 3,300 miles of Xcel's transmission lines. READ MORE

January 16, 2020

Idaho researchers work to show promise of drones and fruit trees

BY Luke GeiverA team of researchers from the University of Idaho has created a list denoting the most promising ways drones can be used at tree nurseries. The list, along with other outreach is part of their work to educate growers on the promise of drones. READ MORE

January 14, 2020

EVTOL drone developer launches BlackFly with new CEO

BY OPENER OPENER, a developer of aerial vehicles for consumer travel, has announced the appointment of Ben Diachun as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). OPENER is producing BlackFly, an electric vertical take off and landing vehicle. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

US DOT sets path for drone remote ID systems

BY U.S. Federal Aviation Administration These efforts lay the foundation for more complex operations, such as those beyond visual line of sight at low altitudes, as the FAA and the drone industry move toward a traffic management ecosystem for UAS flights. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

NASA, South Dakota State students work on human-carrying drone

BY South Dakota State University Engineering students at South Dakota State University are designing a drone large enough to carry a human for their capstone senior design project through a nearly $80,000 grant from NASA. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

States now forming agreements with UAS service firms

BY Luke GeiverAn Alabama-based unmanned aircraft systems company has agreed to work with the state of Connecticut. Avion Unmanned out of Huntsville, Alabama, signed a participating addendum with Connecticut. DroneUp, from Virginia, is now working with New Mexico. READ MORE

January 02, 2020

New hydrogen gas, tank supply service formed by drone firm

BY ReadyH2 ReadyH2, a newly formed subsidiary of Fortress Solutions and Fortress UAV, has announced a new compressed hydrogen gas distribution service that will enable hydrogen-powered drone flights. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

Sentera, Anheuser Busch partner for use of drones, ag data

BY Luke GeiverAnheuser Busch InBev is turning to drones to ensure the stability of its barley acres. Through a long-term partnership with Minneapolis-based Sentera, AB InBev will utilize the expertise of Sentera to capture drone data for barley growers. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

American Aerospace acquires long-range drone maker

BY Luke GeiverLong-endurance unmanned aircraft systems service provider American Aerospace Technologies Inc. is adding to its aircraft fleet. Through a financing deal with Riva Ridge Capital Management, the New York company is adding a BVLOS platform. READ MORE

December 18, 2019

UAV Turbines expands engine design into electric drones

BY UAV Turbines UAV Turbines Inc., a pioneer of microturbine technology, has successfully demonstrated its Monarch Hybrid Range Extender (HREX), a microturbine powered generator technology that extends the range of a drone, into electric platforms. READ MORE

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