February 27, 2018

CustomWeather provides near-surface conditions for drones

BY Luke GeiverAs the commercial drone industry continues to grow, CustomWeather, Inc., a specialized provider of high resolution weather forecast and alert services, is seeing increased demand for its precision forecasts. READ MORE

February 21, 2018

DOI drone report details modern approach to resource management

BY U.S. Department of Interior With a fleet of 312 unmanned aircraft, the Department of the Interior's Office of Aviation Services flew nearly 5,000 missions in 2017 to support everything from fighting wildfires to monitoring and mapping missions. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

PrecisionHawk is helping drone pilots while it builds an empire

BY Luke GeiverPrecisionHawk is doing more than its part to foster the global adoption of commercial drone technology. With the recent build-up of its drone service network, PrecisionHawk has bolstered its offerings in a big way. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Two companies announce counter-UAS developments

BY Patrick C. Miller Gryphon Sensors and WhiteFox Defense Technologies are joining forces to develop a more capable counter-UAS solution. Australia-based DroneShield has unveiled a book-sized radar called RadarZero that can detect drones up 820 yards away. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

European airport operators call for adoption of drone rulebook

BY Patrick C. MillerIncreased safety concerns about drone use in and around Europe's airports should result in quick adoption of the European Union's drone rulebook, says the Airport Council International- Europe. It also released a position paper on drone technology. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Intel's drone display sets Olympic record

BY Intel Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewers from around the globe were treated to a record-breaking light show during the opening ceremony that surpassed Intel’s previous record of 500 drones flown simultaneously in Germany. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Drones deliver green transportation option

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Drone delivery isn't just about speed and efficiency. It's also good for the environment, according to new research from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Using drones to deliver packages uses less energy and lowers cO2 emissions. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Q&A: Aviation attorney tackles the drones and privacy issue

BY Patrick C. MillerAs the use of drones increases for hobbyist, commercial and law enforcement purposes, so too will concerns about privacy. Aviation attorney Kevin Moon with the Clyde & Co law firm outlines the challenges ahead from a legal perspective. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Company uses drones for surveys in Nepal’s rough terrain

BY Patrick C. MillerDroNepal is proving the value of drones to conduct surveying and mapping missions in remote regions of Nepal that can be mountainous and heavily forested. The company is doing work for clients planning hydropower projects to generate electricity. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

PrecisionHawk secures $75 million for commercial drone technology

BY PrecisionHawk Inc. PrecisionHawk has raised $75 million from a group of venture and strategic investors, bringing its total funding to more than $100 million since its founding in 2010. PrecisionHawk plans to use the investment to focus on innovation and acquisitions. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Drone software developers finding investor backing

BY Luke GeiverIt's been a good month for drone software developers. In the U.S., San Francisco-based Converge received a $750,000 round of seed funding from a group of big-name investors. In the U.K., Altitude Angels earned $4.5M. READ MORE

January 29, 2018

Fire chiefs, ERAU partner to bring drones to fire departments

BY Luke GeiverEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide's College of Aeronautics and the International Association of Fire Chiefs are partnering to offer fire service education, training and certification opportunities. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Elevation maps added to Sentera’s precision ag software

BY Patrick C. MillerSentera has added elevation maps to FieldAgent, its software analytics platform for UAS precision agriculture applications. The map data can be used to increase efficiencies and create plans to improve drainage on cropland. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Euro VC firm invests $8M into Michigan drone inspection service

BY Luke GeiverA German-based venture capital group has invested in a Michigan drone service firm. Statkfraft Ventures, along with UL Ventures and Capital Midwest, has infused SkySpecs with an $8 million round of series B financing. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Insitu provides UAS pilots with improved situational awareness

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu has successfully demonstrated a ground-based airspace system that provides commercial UAS operators with better situational awareness for beyond-visual-line-of-sight flying. The testing was conducted at Mississippi State University. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

FAA UAS test site to perform drone delivery work

BY Luke GeiverA U.S. Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system test site will soon be helping a Canadian-based drone company test the functionality and ability of a drone delivery system. READ MORE

January 12, 2018

NY to add drone fleet to police force

BY Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the launch of the new State Police Unmanned Aerial System program, which will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

DroneGun a countermeasure to drone terror attacks

BY Patrick C. MillerDroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik sees the use of drones as a terror weapon as a growing threat. Military and security organizations around the world see the company's DroneGun as an effective countermeasure to the potential threat. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

2,800 interested parties apply for UAS Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA has received more than 2,800 applications from interested parties for the UAS Integration Pilot Program announced last fall. Most applicants are commercial drone operators, but private entities and law enforcement agencies have also applied. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

NV5 acquires Skyscene to add unmanned aerial mapping

BY Patrick C. MillerFlorida-based NV5, an engineering consulting firm, has acquired Skyscene, a California UAS service provider, to add unmanned aerial mapping to its services. NV5 has traditionally relied on manned aircraft for this application. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Ballard, Insitu partner on UAS fuel cell propulsion system

BY Patrick C. MillerBallard Power Systems and Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, recently signed a contract to integrate a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system into the ScanEagle fixed-wing UAS. The new fuel cells increase power with little increase in size or weight. READ MORE

December 20, 2017

Military, security applications to dominate UAV markets

BY Patrick C. MillerMarkets and Markets, a global research and consulting firm, says that while the commercial sector of the UAS market will experience rapid growth through 2022, military and security applications will capture the largest segment of the market. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

UAS startup finalists selected for Central New York program

BY Patrick C. MillerSix UAS startup finalists have been selected for a Central New York business accelerator program called GENIUS NY. It's aimed at providing resources to companies with potential and establishing the region as a leader in the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

FAA restricts drone operations over DOE facilities

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA is restricting drone flights over seven U.S. Department of Energy facilities at the request of national security and law enforcement agencies. The airspace restrictions are listed in a NOTAM and become effective on Dec. 29. READ MORE

December 15, 2017

Trump signs bill reinstating registration for hobbyist drones

BY Patrick C. MillerThe requirement for hobbyist drone operators to register with the FAA is back on after President Donald Trump signed legislation reinstating the measure. Last spring, a federal judge halted the requirement, saying the FAA had exceeded its authority. READ MORE

December 07, 2017

U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee tackles UAS issues

BY Patrick C. MillerThe U.S. House Aviation Subcommittee last week held its first hearing dedicated to UAS. Committee members heard from government, industry and academia about measures to advance the drone industry. Safety issues continue to be a key concern. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Intel sees positive signs in Drone Integration Pilot Program

BY Patrick C. MillerAlthough Intel doesn't yet know what part it will play in the U.S. Drone Integration Pilot program, Anil Nanduri, the company's UAS general manager, believes the ability to test technology in real-world environments will benefit the UAS industry. READ MORE

December 06, 2017

Skysense releases new drone charging stations

BY Patrick C. MillerSkysense is finding that persistence pays off as the demand for its drone charging stations has increased over the past year. The Germany-based company's latest products for indoor and outdoor use provide the fastest charging yet. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

New report details FAA, ASSURE work to understand drone collision

BY ASSURE The ASSURE research team began its research in FY 2016. The research attempts to answer the question of what happens when a drone collides midair with other aircraft. READ MORE

December 05, 2017

SkyX tests long-range drone along pipeline in Mexico

BY SkyX Corp. SkyX Systems Corp., a Canadian company working in long-range unmanned aerial monitoring and data collection, has announced that it has successfully completed an unmanned data collection flight of 100 km along a pipeline in Mexico. READ MORE