Operations

May 24, 2017

NASA engineers develop safe landing system for small UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerSafe2Ditch technology being developed by engineers at the NASA Langley Research Center gives small UAS the ability to land in urban areas quickly, safely and autonomously in the event of a technical failure. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

U.S. record set for longest drone urban package delivery

BY Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development A UAS team comprised of groups from Nevada and Texas set a U.S. record for delivering a package to an urban area after a 97-mile drone flight through the national airspace. A fixed-wing drone delivered the package to Austin, Texas. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Shipping giant adds ship-to-dock drone service

BY Luke GeiverA Norwegian shipping giant has turned to small unmanned aircraft systems to reduce costs and streamline operations during anchorage. Wilhelmsen Holding announced this month that it intends to deploy drones this year. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Drones reveal potential for precision forestry

BY Luke GeiverThe open-air expanses above agriculture fields aren't the only places for precision drone work. A Seattle-based startup and a timber giant from Finland are now working to bring precision drone applications to forests. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

Court’s ruling on hobby drone registration creates new questions

BY Luke GeiverA hobbyist drone pilot from Washington D.C. has altered the regulatory landscape for small unmanned aircraft vehicle flights across the entire U.S. Through his case, drone hobbyists no longer need to register their sUAVs. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Airbus launches drone services startup company, Airbus Aerial

BY Patrick C. MillerAviation giant Airbus this week announced the launch of a new UAS services startup company based in the U.S. Airbus Aerial combines imagery from drones and satellites and uses software to provide commercial customers with deeper insights. READ MORE

May 11, 2017

Harris, Ligado partnership assists with small UAS BVLOS flights

BY Patrick C. MillerHarris Corp. and the Ligado Networks have formed a collaborative partnership to advance beyond visual line-of-sight navigation for small UAS. Ligado says its commercial satellite is well suited for the role of communicating with small UAS. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Microsoft research team creates unique drone training simulator

BY Luke GeiverAshsih Kapoor and his Microsoft research team have created a simulated world for unmanned aircraft systems that can provide data for machine learning, autonomous flights and how to avoid crashes. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Simulyze provides technology to improve UAS flight operations

BY Patrick C. MillerBehind the scenes, Simulyze Inc. has helped improve situational awareness for U.S. military air operations. Now it wants to use its technology and applications to do the same for UAS commercial operations. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Grand Sky to conduct BVLOS flights with large UAS this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation park will begin beyond visual line-of-sight flights this summer using large UAS. A contract between Harris Corp. and Grand Sky will enable UAS satellite navigation for the flights. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Gryphon Sensors introduces first operational mobile UTM system

BY Gryphon Sensors Gryphon Sensors this week introduced the UAS industry's first mobile UTM system during Xponential 2017 in Dallas, Texas. The company says the system sets new standards in UAS traffic management and drone security systems. READ MORE

May 10, 2017

Drone delivery report: last-mile economics make drones desirable

BY Luke GeiverA new report on the feasibility of drone package delivery explains that it is only a matter of when not if. The economics of using drones for last-mile delivery are simply too compelling, the report states. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

AlarisPro software improves UAS safety for users, manufacturers

BY Patrick C. MillerSoftware developed by Maryland-based AlarisPro not only supplies operators with important information about their UAS fleet, but it also gives manufacturers data that can be used to improve safety and build better products. READ MORE

April 27, 2017

ATL airport deploys drones for runway maintenance

BY Luke GeiverThe busiest airport in the U.S. has turned to small unmanned aircraft vehicles to enhance and maintain day-to-day operations. Michael Baker International, an engineering and consulting service has deployed a drone to monitor heavy aircraft runways. READ MORE

April 25, 2017

Northrop Grumman opens new ND facility

BY Patrick C. MillerNorthrop Grumman last week officially opened its new facility adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota as the first anchor tenant of the Grand Sky UAS Business and Aviation Park, calling it a unique opportunity for innovation. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

3DR shares progress updates on commercial sUAS work

BY Luke GeiverThe issue with 3D Robotics efforts to move from serving the hobbyist market to the commercial enterprise space hasn't been related to its unmanned aircraft system or software performance. The highly publicized drone entity has the stories to prove it READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Using innovative satellite, 5G system, sUAS goes BVLOS in Va

BY Luke GeiverCredit a one-of-a-kind satellite system that utilizes a 22-meter reflector-based antenna for the successful test flight of a small unmanned aircraft system that flew more than 12 miles beyond visual line of sight. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders

BY Patrick C. MillerVerizon is testing a drone equipped as a flying cell tower to demonstrate its ability to provide communications to first responders during emergencies and disasters when normal communications are knocked out. A larger test is planned for next month. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Nation’s largest private aggregate producer partners with Airware

BY Luke GeiverThe nation's largest family-owned producer of crushed stone, sand and gravel is shifting its focus to the sky. Luck Stone, based in Richmond, Virginia, has partnered with Airware to better utilize drone data on more than 22 sites. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Pipeline inspection drone developed for oil and gas industry

BY Patrick C. MillerThe vertical-take-off-and-landing SkyOne UAS developed by SkyX, a new Canadian aerospace company, is intended to serve the oil and gas industry's need for pipeline inspection, mapping and surveillance. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

ACSS, NASA plan UAS collision avoidance flight tests this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerFollowing last year's successful flight tests with Northrop Grumman's optionally piloted Firebird aircraft, Arizona avionics developer ACSS will this summer be working with NASA to test a new version of its UAS collision avoidance system. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

DARPA continues General Atomics' Gremlins Phase 2 contract

BY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. DARPA will continue its contract with General Atomics for Phase 2 of the agency's Gremlins program, which is developing technology to launch and recover volleys of low-cost, reusable drones from a manned aircraft. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Aviation consulting experts launch guaranteed UAS solutions

BY Luke GeiverEvans Inc., a consulting firm specialized in health care, aviation and international developments, has released a new service to the unmanned aircraft systems industry it guarantees will produce a successful outcome for commercial and gov agencies. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Fukushima nuclear plant issues call for drone operator help

BY Luke GeiverThe owner of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station is looking for drone-technology and operations partners to continue the decommissioning process of the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan. READ MORE

March 23, 2017

Hydrogen fuel cell maker inks first deal with US drone operator

BY Luke GeiverHydrogen fuel cell designer Intelligent Energy has signed its first deal for the supply of the U.K.-based firm's drone power system. PINC, a California-based warehouse and logistics solutions provider will outfit drones with the fuel cell. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Senate hearing offers insight on FAA UAS progress, future plans

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation met this week to hear testimony from unmanned aircraft systems experts, officials and interested parties. During a two-hour long hearing the FAA gave progress reports and plans. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Construction camera provider: Top 4 reasons for drones

BY Luke GeiverTrueLook, a North Carolina-based construction camera company, has released its take on using drones on the construction site, giving four reasons to use drones in construction. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

Black Swift tests sUAS for surveying at 14,000 feet

BY Black Swift Technologies Overcoming the challenges of mapping terrain in difficult conditions at altitudes exceeding 14,000 feet using a small unmanned aircraft system is not something that scares Black Swift Technologies. READ MORE

March 16, 2017

UNICEF looking for Africa drone corridor leader

BY Luke GeiverIf you are a committed, creative professiona, and you know drones, UNICEF wants to hire you. UNICEF announced this week its plans to hire for humanitarian response efforts that will utilize drones in a testing corridor based in Malawi. READ MORE

March 02, 2017

Security company aims to halt expanding drone threats

BY Patrick C. MillerWith 600,000 new drones entering the airspace every month, Joerg Lamprecht, CEO of Dedrone, believes the need for drone security technology is growing every day. His company is helping keep businesses and people safe around the world. READ MORE