Operations

May 09, 2018

Small UAV Coalition approves of new U.S. DOT policy

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Small UAV Coalition says a new policy announced by the Department of Transportation will help speed up the development of drone delivery systems in the U.S. while maintaining safe airspace. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Deveron, John Deere connect on UAS flights and data sharing

BY Deveron UAS Corp. Deveron UAS Corp., a leading drone data services company for farming, is pleased to announce that it has completed integration with the John Deere Operations Center. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

UL developing standards to make drone batteries safer

BY Patrick C. MillerSafer lithium ion batteries manufactured under UL-certified standards will soon be coming to the UAS industry. The science safety company has been working to finalize standards that will be implemented in the U.S. and Canada and, later, worldwide. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Cyberhawk assisting with major U.S. construction project

BY Patrick C. MillerCyberhawk, a UAS operator based in Scotland, is using its drones and software to provide digital asset management during the construction of a major petrochemical plant in the U.S. Its iHawk software is being used on a large scale for the first time. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

DARPA contract for drone swarm technology goes to Dynetics

BY Patrick C. MillerUnder a 21-month, $38.6 million contract with DARPA, Dynetics Inc. will assist in developing and demonstrating Gremlins, a program which uses a swarm of low-cost drones launched and recovered from a military cargo aircraft. READ MORE

April 22, 2018

Exyn, Velodyne partner to showcase indoor drones, 3D Lidar

BY Exyn Technologies Originating from the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Labs, Exyn Technologies has commercialized groundbreaking research to build its proprietary trademarked AI software, exynAI, to help indoor drone flights. READ MORE

April 22, 2018

Near Denver airport, Xcel energy set for routine BVLOS drone ops

BY Xcel Energy Xcel Energy, a leader in using drone technology to inspect energy infrastructure, will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly unmanned aircraft beyond the operator's line of sight when it flies near the Denver airport. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

With fastest delivery drone in world, Zipline eyes US market

BY Luke GeiverA Silicon Valley-based drone developer believes it has created the fastest drone delivery system in the world. Based on a fixed-wing design, Zipline's unmanned aircraft vehicle can reach speeds of 80 mph. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

General Atomics earns contract to further develop MQ-9B Protector

BY General Atomics General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has announce the recent award of a $81M Foreign Military Sales contract by the US Air Force Life Cycle Management Center to develop a different version of the MQ-9B Predator UAV. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

Global airspace group headed to NY for UAS UTM work

BY Luke GeiverAn unmanned traffic management testing (UTM) agreement will help Thales Group expand its work in upstate New York. Through an agreement with NASA, the global air traffic management firm Thales, will work with groups at the FAA's New York UAS site. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

FAA asks: Could you be a LAANC service supplier?

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration is looking for a few good suppliers, for the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability. The FAA is now considering agreements with additional entities to provide LAANC services. READ MORE

April 04, 2018

Workhorse earns patent for truck-launched drone package delivery

BY Workhorse Group Workhorse Group Inc., an American technology company focused on providing sustainable and cost-effective solutions to the commercial electric transportation sector, has received a U.S. patent for a truck-launched drone package delivery system. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Precision-Ag drone maker lists on NYSE with UAVS ticker symbol

BY Luke GeiverAgEagle won't just be in Kansas anymore. The precision-agriculture drone and unmanned systems developer founded in Neodesha, Kansas, will soon be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol UAVS. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Aspen, Sensurion join forces to develop certified UAS avionics

BY Patrick C. MillerAspen Avionics of New Mexico and Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace have formed a partnership aimed at filling the certified avionics gap between hobbyist and military drones. This will include autopilot, communications and navigation systems. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Raytheon details plans for drone swarm technology

BY Luke GeiverRaytheon is sprinting into the drone swarming market. The technology developer that specializes in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions, is developing a new technology suite capable of controlling drone swarms. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Research team will use drones to assess nuclear plant damage

BY Patrick C. MillerIt's been seven years since Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station was damaged by an earthquake and a tsunami. A team of U.S. engineers is planning to fly drones into the plant to gather information on its damaged containment vessels. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

FAA forecasts phenomenal growth for UAS industry

BY Patrick C. MillerAccording to the FAA's aviation forecast for the next 20 years, the UAS industry will experience "phenomenal growth" between 2017 and 2022. It expects the number of commercial systems to quadruple while hobbyist done ownership more than doubles. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Ford proposes motor vehicle department in the sky to ID drones

BY Patrick C. MillerA research team at Ford Motor Co. has come up with a potential low-cost solution to identify and track drones. As with registering and licensing a car, they believe making a drone identifiable to anyone could make operators more accountable. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Boeing's autonomous systems program expands to Australia

BY Patrick C. MillerBoeing's largest autonomous systems program outside the U.S. will take place in the state of Queensland, Australia. The company signed a three-year agreement with the government of Queensland to develop a new generation of air and sea vehicles. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Drone pilots find penguin super colony in Antarctica

BY Stony Brook University For the past 40 years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the most common on the Antarctic peninsula, has been steadily declining—or so biologists have thought. READ MORE

March 13, 2018

Early 2018 brings rush of counter-UAS activity

BY Luke GeiverThe advent and understanding of counter-UAV systems is catching up to the country's adoption and usage rates of drones in the commercial space. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

FAA expands drone airspace authorization program

BY Federal Aviation Administration The Federal Aviation Administration last week announced plans to expand testing of an automated system to speed up approvals for drones to operate in airspace controlled by an air traffic facility. The test begins in April at 500 airports. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

U.S. Army collaborates on advanced UAV engine design

BY Patrick C. MillerMiami-based Locust USA Inc.—a subsidiary of UAV Turbines—has signed a $19 million agreement to collaborate with the U.S. Army on the development of a small turboprop engine for unmanned aircraft. The engine will also have commercial applications. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

Kansas State Polytechnic offers UAS training for law enforcement

BY Patrick C. MillerBased on feedback from first responders, Kansas State Polytechnic at Salina will in April begin offering a specialized UAS training course for law enforcement personnel. The four-day course will provide training for specific purposes. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Lockheed Martin release software to control multiple UAVs

BY Luke GeiverLockheed Martin will unveil VCSi, commercial software that enables operators to simultaneously control dozens of unmanned vehicles and conduct information, surveillance and reconnaissance missions at an event in Abu Dhabi this month. READ MORE

February 27, 2018

Report: Large UAVs could bring explosive growth to US

BY Luke GeiverA major shift in aviation could be on the horizon according to the Aerospace Industries Association. In a new report, AIA states that large unmanned aircraft could encounter explosive growth during the next two decades. READ MORE

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