Operations

October 09, 2019

Who wins: AI piloted drone vs human racer? New race will decide

BY Luke GeiverCan a robot-controlled drone beat the best human-piloted drone team in the world? A team of researchers from Lockheed Martin believe it is possible. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Workhorse unveiling drone delivery system in San Diego

BY Luke GeiverWorkhorse and USOG are initially working together in the FAA's unmanned aerial system (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP) in San Diego, CA, in which USOG is utilizing a Workhorse step van and Horsefly drone. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

Tethered drone maker earns $10M contract

BY Luke GeiverStarting next month, Florida-based tethered drone developer and service provider Hoverfly will be working for the U.S. Government. The company announced it has been awarded a contract worth $10 million. READ MORE

October 09, 2019

General Atomics, NASA partner to showcase large UAV in NAS

BY General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. has signed a cooperative agreement with NASA to perform a demonstration flight as part of the agency’s project to integrate unmanned aircraft systems into the National Airspace System (NAS). READ MORE

October 01, 2019

UPS Flight Forward gains FAA approval to launch drone airline

BY UPS Flight Forward UPS subsidiary UPS Flight Forward Inc. today announced it has received the U.S. government's first full Part 135 Standard certification to operate a drone airline. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Microturbine engine maker performs breakthrough UAV flight

BY Luke GeiverAfter years of innovative and intensive design and engineering work, we are elated to see our first Monarch propulsion system take flight in a TigerShark airframe from Navmar Applied Science Corp, UAV Turbines CEO said. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

AirMap acquires sophisticated flight automation developer

BY Luke GeiverAirMap is adding a new layer to its globally-used drone product offering. Already a major provider of airspace management and flight operations software, AirMap will now be able to provide high-precision flight automation. READ MORE

September 25, 2019

Report: foreign makers dominate drones used for US public safety

BY Droneresponders Our goal for this report was to better understand the perspectives of America’s first responders who are using drones made in China. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Boeing shows capability of unmanned aircraft refueler

BY Boeing Boeing and the U.S. Navy successfully completed the first test flight of the MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueler. The MQ-25 test asset, known as T1, completed the autonomous flight under the direction of Boeing at an airport in Illinois. READ MORE

September 24, 2019

Walgreens, Wing set to role out drone delivery service

BY Walgreens Eligible customers in the Christiansburg, Virginia, area will have access to more than 100 products and six convenient “packs” via the Wing app that include many of Walgreens most sought-after products in store. READ MORE

September 12, 2019

Pendleton UAS range plays role in unmanned cargo delivery system

BY Yates Electrospace Corp. Yates Electrospace Corporation (YEC), world leaders in heavy payload, unmanned cargo delivery solutions, have announced the unveiling of the trademarked Silent Arrow GD-2000 cargo delivery drone. The system was tested in Oregon at Pendleton range. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Drone swarm software service developer gains more funding

BY vHive Since its seed investment, vHive has attracted Fortune 500 companies who use its software platform across a variety of industries and geographies. vHive has enabled its customers to conduct thousands of drone surveys. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Vineyard management proves worth of drones in precision ag

BY Luke GeiverPollen Systems Corp. is revealing the true value of drones to agricultural growers. The Bellevue, Washington-based ag data and analytics firm is using drones to find and help mitigate specific pests across large acreage blocks at vineyards. READ MORE

September 11, 2019

Flirtey details new drone delivery system, the Eagle

BY Luke GeiverDrone delivery system developer Flirtey has unveiled a new system that could be performing routine operations next year. To announce its new Flirtey Eagle, the Nevada-based company took the stage at the National Press Club. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

XAG combats pests with crop spraying drones

BY XAG A special automated spraying mechanism, features micron-level droplets and powerful downdraft, is designed to achieve uniform applications of ultralow-volume pesticides. READ MORE

September 04, 2019

Tests on eVTOL drone for delivery go well for Bell Textron

BY Bell Textron Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc.company, has announced the successful first autonomous flight of the Autonomous Pod Transport (APT) 70 at their testing site near Fort Worth. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

DARPA, research partners tests drone swarms in urban settings

BY Luke GeiverNew testing by a team of researchers and private companies led by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has helped demonstrate how drone swarms can be used in urban environments. READ MORE

August 14, 2019

Drone delivery developer signs global distribution deal

BY AirBox Drone Delivery Systems has secured a distributor of their products including AirBox Home for the Nordic region plus India and Malaysia. READ MORE

August 12, 2019

Defense Logistics Agency proves drone delivery concept

BY Luke GeiverThe Defense Logistics Agency has proven how to use drones to provide food and water to troops or personnel operating in disaster relief scenarios. In July, the DLA worked with two unmanned aircraft systems and the U.S. Coast Guard. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

UAS pioneer Grand Sky makes bold move into MALE UAV service

BY Luke GeiverThe team at Grand Sky Development Co. LLC, has tapped into its pioneering roots to start a new unmanned aircraft systems venture that will be the first-of-its-kind in the U.S. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Aerospace engineer explains multirotor UAV for glacier research

BY University of Kansas A University of Kansas aerospace engineer has earned the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for young faculty to design, build and fly a radar suite and integrate it on a helicopter-based UAV. READ MORE

July 31, 2019

Kespry, Dronebase partner on 'bring your own drone' program

BY Kespry Kespry’s customers will now be able to leverage DroneBase to manage their Kespry deployments as part of Kespry’s new Bring Your Own Drone program. READ MORE

July 29, 2019

With UPS Flight Forward, drone delivery operations near reality

BY UPS UPS has applied to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for Part 135 certification to operate commercial drone flights in the trademarked UPS network under a subsidiary business called UPS Flight Forward. READ MORE

July 24, 2019

Updated: FAA, USAF, industry giants head to ND for UAS event

BY Staff Top officials from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Air Force have announced their intention to partake in a unique joint-presentation. READ MORE

July 09, 2019

Siemens collaborates with VTOL drone maker Paragon

BY Siemens Digital Industries Software The need for increased performance and reduced time-to-market has led Paragon VTOL Aerospace, a global vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft provider for numerous industries, to adopt solutions from Siemens. READ MORE

July 02, 2019

Drone service report recognizes SkySkopes for innovation, growth

BY Luke GeiverFrost & Sullivan has recently evaluated the 22 top DSPs around the globe based on their growth performance and ability to innovate. Of these 22 companies, only 5 fell into the “sweet spot” range on the Frost Radar which exhibits an optimal mix. READ MORE

June 27, 2019

DJI creates high-security solution for government drone programs

BY DJI Government Edition allows us to tell our clients that all of their telemetry data, meaning where their drone is flying, is stored securely and not shared with anyone but them. READ MORE

June 26, 2019

Drone management tool could cut operation costs in half

BY Dronecloud The Dronecloud platform was built by a team of drone operators and designed to be the single most comprehensive tool on the market today. READ MORE

June 25, 2019

ND DOT receives 4-year FAA waiver for drone flights over people

BY North Dakota Department of Transportation This is the first time a North Dakota state agency has received a waiver to routinely conduct UAS operations over people using a drone, in this case a DJI Mavic 2 series equipped with a ParaZero SafeAir parachute recovery system. READ MORE

June 19, 2019

UAH to test drones for earthquake first respondents

BY University of Alabama in Huntsville RSESC’s involvement will center on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into disaster response and recovery operations by using open-source Internet of Things (IoT) software. READ MORE