Operations

October 25, 2018

In-Flight Data, senseFly collaborate on urban BVLOS project

BY Patrick C. MillerCanadian drone operator In-Flight Data and Swiss UAS manufacturer senseFly have collaborated on North America's first BVLOS project in a major city. Mapping data was collected for a new cemetery planned in Calgary, Alberta. READ MORE

October 25, 2018

PrecisionHawk chosen as DJI’s airspace data provider

BY PrecisionHawk Inc. PrecisionHawk has been named as DJI's new provider of North American airspace data. Under the partnership, PrecisionHawk's Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety platform will be used to improve DJI's geofencing technology. READ MORE

October 23, 2018

Resolute Eagle UAS to be equipped with TASE400 LD system

BY Patrick C. MillerAn optical and laser designation system made by UTC Aerospace Systems has been selected to equip the PAE ISR Resolute Eagle UAS. The TASE400 LD provides integrated onboard video processing with image stabilization and enhancement capability. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

DJI demands drone strike research, video be withdrawn

BY Patrick C. MillerResearch comparing the results of drone and bird strikes on manned aircraft drew a critical response from DJI, the world's largest drone manufacturer. The company demanded that the University of Dayton Research Institute withdraw its research. READ MORE

October 22, 2018

Avitas Systems to fly BVLOS drone inspections in Texas

BY Patrick C. MillerBoston-based Avitas Systems has received approval from the FAA to use radar for commercial BVLOS drone operations in Texas. The company will be inspecting oil and gas infrastructure for Shell Oil Co., a first step toward expanded UAS operations. READ MORE

October 18, 2018

PaintCopter developed by Disney Research shows potential

BY Patrick C. MillerDisney Research has developed the PaintCopter, a UAV with the ability to fly autonomously while applying textured paint to 3D surfaces. Researchers believe the technology provides safety benefits at a lower cost, as well as consistent results. READ MORE

October 18, 2018

Study shows need for small UAS geofencing near busy airports

BY Patrick C. MillerA new study from Embry-Riddle Aeronautics University of DJI drone flights near Daytona Beach International Airport in Florida shows the need for geofencing. The study found that about 20 percent of the flights presented a risk to manned aircraft. READ MORE

October 16, 2018

FLIR unveils Black Hornet vehicle reconaissance drone system

BY FLIR Systems Inc. FLIR Systems has launched the Black Hornet 3 vehicle reconnaissance system for military, government and first responder operations. The nano-drone enables users to gather information on their surroundings while remaining inside a vehicle. READ MORE

October 10, 2018

What does the FAA Reauthorization Act mean to the UAS industry?

BY Patrick C. MillerThe new FAA Reauthorization Act will not only open the door for more commercial opportunities within the UAS industry, but also provide a better-defined regulatory path forward. Aviation attorneys and industry insiders discussed the key takeaways. READ MORE

October 08, 2018

Trump signs FAA Reauthorization Act containing key UAS measures

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 passed by Congress with broad bipartisan support and signed into law last week by President Donald Trump was greeted with optimism by the commercial UAS industry, but hobbyist drone pilots are less enthused. READ MORE

October 05, 2018

Kansas tech company unveils two new drone detection radars

BY Patrick C. MillerKansas-based Ainstein has introduced a new air-to-air radar for UAS platforms and a new ground-based radar capable of detecting drones more than 3,200 feet away. Both feature digital beam forming for precise measurements and 3D detection. READ MORE

October 04, 2018

General Atomics’ second SkyGuardian completes first flight

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. last week successfully completed the first flight of a second SkyGuardian MQ-9B, the remotely piloted aircraft the company says will be the first certified to fly in civil airspace. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

FAA approves nine new LAANC service providers

BY Federal Aviation Administration The FAA has approved nine new partners to the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) initiative, which provides near real-time processing of airspace authorizations for Part 107 drone operators flying in controlled airspace. READ MORE

October 02, 2018

Skyfish introduces platform to automate inspection, measurement

BY Patrick C. MillerMontana-based Skyfish has unveiled a new computing platform to fully automate drone infrastructure inspection and measurement tasks. The platform pre-processes infrastructure data and metadata to help create detailed 3D models. READ MORE

September 27, 2018

Aerial Alchemy will use drones to inspect U.S. Navy test ship

BY Aerial Alchemy California-based Aerial Alchemy is collaborating with the U.S. Navy to study the possibility of using UAS to inspect ships, enhancing maintenance and fleet readiness. The drones will create 3D digital models to spot damage and corrosion. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

Hoverfly introduces new tethered LiveSky SENTRY drone

BY Patrick C. MillerHoverfly Technologies Inc. has introduced a new tethered unmanned aircraft system called the LiveSky SENTRY. It's designed to fly in extreme weather conditions and meets military standards for operation in harsh environments. READ MORE

September 26, 2018

NUAIR Alliance partners with Thales for UAS traffic management

BY Patrick C. MillerThe NUAIR Alliance will partner with Thales, an international air traffic management company, to help integrate unmanned aircraft into controlled airspace. The agreement will also support New York's 50-mile UAS corridor between Rome and Syracuse. READ MORE

September 20, 2018

Kansas State using drones to improve agriculture, human health

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS flown by Kansas State University researchers and students are part of a project designed to collect data on the prescribed burns used to maintain agricultural productivity. The goal is to limit the human health impacts from smoke. READ MORE

September 18, 2018

Drones could detect air pollutants after a disaster or accident

BY Patrick C. MillerBased on experience from Hurricane Harvey, Texas researchers and engineers are developing a fleet of autonomous drones equipped to detect, track and model hazardous air pollutants released during accidents and natural disasters. READ MORE

September 17, 2018

Xcel now operating drones for utility inspections BVLOS

BY Xcel Energy In one of the most significant advancements of unmanned aircraft under development by a U.S. utility, Xcel Energy is operating drones beyond visual line of sight. READ MORE

September 14, 2018

Lockheed Martin, Drone Racing League launch AI tech challenge

BY Patrick C. MillerAviation manufacturer Lockheed Martin and the Drone Racing League have launched the AlphaPilot Innovation Challenge to encourage the development of AI technology for fully autonomous drone flights. A share of $2 million in prizes is up for grabs. READ MORE

September 13, 2018

Intel, Delair working to showcase new drone data platform

BY Luke GeiverAfter testing Intel's data processing, visualization, analytics and drone data reporting service for more than a year, Delair is getting a new round of support from the mega-tech developer: capital. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

New senseFly eBee X improves geospatial data collection

BY Patrick C. MillerThe eBee X, the latest version of senseFly's fixed-wing drone, offers three new camera options, greater durability and longer flight times for a wide variety of mapping applications. The objective is more efficient, higher quality data collection. READ MORE

September 10, 2018

Bell Helicopter collaborates on NASA UAS demonstration project

BY Bell Helicopter Bell Helicopter will collaborate with several other organizations under a cooperative agreement with NASA to conduct a UAS flight demonstration in the national airspace scheduled for 2020. Bell will use its Autonomous Pod Transport for the flight. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

PrecisionHawk strengthens positions in energy, insurance markets

BY Patrick C. MillerPrecisionHawk has purchased HAZON Solutions and InspecTools to strengthen its position in the drone inspection of energy infrastructure. In addition, the company formed a partnership with EagleView Technologies, which works in the insurance industry. READ MORE

September 07, 2018

Battery supplier to Indy, NASCAR completes testing for drones

BY Luke GeiverThe lithium ion battery supplier of choice to Indy car and NASCAR operations has completed research and testing that will help bring its technology to the drone world. READ MORE

September 06, 2018

U.S. Navy awards Boeing $805 million MQ-25 contract

BY The Boeing Co. The Boeing Co. will build the U.S. Navy's MQ-25, its first carrier-based unmanned aircraft. The MQ-25 will be deployed as an aerial refueler for manned aircraft. The Navy recently awarded Boeing an $805 million contract for four aircraft. READ MORE

September 05, 2018

Altiscope releases blueprint for safe UAS integration

BY Patrick C. MillerThe unmanned traffic management group of Airbus has released a "Blueprint for the Skies" to provide for the safe integration of autonomous aircraft. The blueprint is the result of months of analysis by Airbus on future airspace needs. READ MORE

August 31, 2018

FCC approves UAS radar used for in-flight BVLOS

BY Luke GeiverAfter joining with the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in May as part of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration's Integration Pilot Program, Echodyne has taken another major step towards expanding the use of its unique radar. READ MORE

August 30, 2018

Precision ag drone firm acquires Veritas, a data analytics Co.

BY Deveron UAS Corp. Deveron has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all the issued and outstanding shares of Veritas Farm Management Inc. The combination of the resulting entity will create a leading data analytics company with drone service abilities. READ MORE