Operations

March 01, 2017

Groundbreaking arctic drone to test at Oregon's UAS range

BY SOAR Oregon Prior to its scheduled launch in 2018, the ArcticShark, a groundbreaking new unmanned aerial system designed to collect the world's most sophisticated atmospheric data in the Arctic, will perform test flights at Oregon's FAA-selected UAS range. READ MORE

March 01, 2017

Drone maker, LED provider partner for night ops illumination

BY Draganfly LLC Draganfly Innovations has signed an agreement with SureFire LLC to integrate and test their LED technology as a complete system with Draganfly's UAVs for use in nighttime operations. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Insitu hopes to give U.S. Coast Guard cutters the UAS advantage

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu is well positioned to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with the small UAS it plans to have aboard its cutters in the next few years. The company has plenty of experience testing and operating is Scan Eagle from the service's ships. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Verizon acquires drone operations management firm Skyward

BY Verizon Building on its strategy to drive innovation and adoption for IoT services in high-growth markets, Verizon today announced that it has purchased Skyward, a private company based in Portland, Oregon. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Xcel Energy, FAA partner for safe UAS infrastructure inspection

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA is partnering with Xcel Energy, a Minneapolis-based utility, on a program aimed at using drones for the safe inspection of energy infrastructure. The utility is planning at least one beyond-line-of-sight flight in 2017. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

ORNL releases guide for electric utilities looking to add drones

BY Luke GeiverRick Lusk has created a best practices guide for utilizing unmanned aircraft systems from the insight of pilots and practitioners from all over the world. Lusk, is the director of the unmanned aircraft systems center at ORNL. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Counter-drone company Dedrone attracts $15 million in new funds

BY Patrick C. MillerDedrone's rapid expansion into the counter-drone market has attracted $15 million in new funding. One investor is John Chambers, executive chairman of Cisco, who said Dedrone empowers enterprise and federal customers regain control of airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

General Atomics new SkyGuardian has commercial potential

BY Patrick C. MillerThe SkyGuardian, a new, upgraded version of the General Atomics Predator B, is going through an FAA type certification process that will enable it and other larger drone designs to eventually operate in the national airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Tiny ADS-B transceiver could provide high-traffic drone solution

BY Patrick C. MillerA low-power ADS-B transceiver the size of a dime could provide a solution for dealing with the large numbers of drones expected to be in the skies in the near future. uAvionix is working with the FAA to perfect the technology. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Ukraine drone flights prove UAV crop spraying becoming reality

BY Luke GeiverFor two straight growing seasons, crop fields in a portion of Ukraine have benefited from unmanned aircraft vehicles used to spray bio-pesticide and liquid fertilizer, and now, the team wants to serve American customers. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

How To Finance Your Commercial Drone Needs

BY Luke Geiver

February 02, 2017

How To Finance Your Commercial Drone Needs

BY Luke Geiver

February 02, 2017

Ascentium Capital, Airsure partner on new drone finance packages

BY Juniper Unmanned Juniper Unmanned Inc. announced that it has partnered with Ascentium Capital LLC and Airsure Limited to offer new drone insurance and customized finance packages in the United States for operators to purchase drones, equipment or insurance. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

A Drone Trend That Needs To End

BY Patrick C. MillerCitizen journalists using their drones to cover news events should always err on the side of safety. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

NASA, FAA test UAS to track spacecraft in the national airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Near Space Corp. assisted NASA and the FAA in testing how drones could be used to track spacecraft that transit the national airspace as they re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. The tests took place at Oregon's Tillamook Test Range. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

QuestUAV's gimballed sensor improves UAS 3D mapping

BY Patrick C. MillerEngland-based QuestUAV has designed a gimballed sensor to compensate for the effects of wind and turbulence that often lead to blurred images and low image overlap. Its latest system is 15 percent more efficient in capturing images for 3D models. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Sentera announces real-time NDVI streaming for precision ag

BY Sentera On Feb. 1, Sentera will release LiveNDVI Video using the Minneapolis company’s Double 4K sensor. This technology offers agronomists a fast way to make decisions based on real-time data. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

SkyPan, FAA settle largest-ever fine proposed for a UAS operator

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA this week announced that it would reduce a proposed $1.9 million fine on SkyPan International Inc. to a $200,000 civil penalty. Under the agreement, SkyPan neither admits to nor contests the allegations made by the FAA in October 2015. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

How Fake Drone News Begins

BY Patrick C. MillerWhen drone news seems questionable, it's always a good idea to get the facts. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

UK UAS service provider performs job over populated rail corridor

BY Luke GeiverU.K.-based Cyberhawk has completed an unmanned aircraft vehicle application that could model how UAVs can be used to inspect, survey and monitor railway infrastructure present in populated corridors. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Drones tapped for nuclear waste site clean-up

BY University of Nevada, Reno Their work is part of a National Robotics Initiative project funded by the Department of Energy to clean up the legacy sites of the Manhattan project that have been shuttered for decades. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

So how’s it going in the UAS world?

BY Patrick C. Miller

January 05, 2017

Nation's first BVLOS UAS operations approved

BY Patrick C. MillerNorth Dakota's Northern Plains UAS Test Site became the first in the nation to receive approval from the FAA to begin phasing in beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights for large-platform unmanned aircraft, eliminating the requirement for chase aircraft. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

UAS attorney: Drone deliveries for the masses a long way off

BY Patrick C. MillerAmazon and Flirty have made news with reports of successful drone deliveries. But how close are they to becoming a reality? UAS attorney Jonathan Rupprecht believes there are substantial regulatory and legal hurdles yet to be cleared. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

UKRspecsystems selects Robotic Skies for worldwide services

BY Robotic Skies UKRspecsystems has selected Robotic Skies to provide worldwide support services for its line of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) products. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

FAA expected to approve BVLOS flights at ND UAS test site

BY Patrick C. MillerDuring a meeting with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, U.S. Sen. John Hoeven said he expects the FAA to next week approve beyond visual line of sight flights for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Making connections in the UAS world

BY Patrick C. Miller

December 21, 2016

University, utility collaborate to develop UAS inspection team

BY Patrick C. MillerKansas State's Polytechnic Campus and Westar Energy have been partners for two years in integrating UAS into the utility's operations. Westar Energy is using the technology in its day-to-day operations to lower costs and improve safety. READ MORE

December 20, 2016

USDA funds drone research to improve wheat yields

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Department of Agriculture is turning its eyes to the sky to find the next breeding breakthrough in U.S. wheat fields. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a Kansas State research team $300,000 for drone-based research. READ MORE