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June 21, 2017

World View, KFC to send sandwich to the edge of space

BY Patrick C. MillerThere's no rule against combining the testing of UAS technology with fast-food marketing. That's what brought together World View's balloon-borne Stratollite system and KFC's Zinger chicken sandwich as they both head to the edge of space this week. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

Kespry enters insurance sector with new drone platform features

BY Patrick C. MillerCalifornia-based Kespry has added features to its enterprise drone platform to assist insurance claims adjusters. The company's new cloud platform can now automatically identify hail damage to roofs, resulting in improved service for policyholders. READ MORE

June 21, 2017

UAV equipped with radiation detectors can assist hazmat teams

BY Patrick C. MillerBNC Scientific has added the Phoenix ACE RAD Airborne Radiation Detector unmanned aerial vehicle to the tools available to hazmat teams and first responders. It has the ability to reach tight spaces without exposing personnel to unnecessary risks. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

North Dakota forms task force aimed at counter-UAS testing

BY Patrick C. MillerThe state of North Dakota is forming a UAS Detection and Counter-UAS Task Force to test and demonstrate technologies that defend against rogue drone operators. Two federal agencies have expressed interest in testing counter-UAS technologies. READ MORE

June 07, 2017

US Geological Survey using drones to study prescribed burns

BY Patrick C. MillerPrescribed burns used to reduce the risk to lives and property during wildfires are being studied by the U.S. Geological Survey with the use of UAS. Thermal imaging sensors on the drones gather data scientists use to study emissions and intensity. READ MORE

May 24, 2017

On the spot: Textron, Aeryon assess Oklahoma tornado damage

BY Patrick C. MillerA team from Textron Systems and Aeryon Labs in Oklahoma to demonstrate the value of UAS in managing disasters found itself in the middle of a real disaster. They assisted first responders after a tornado struck Elk City on May 16. READ MORE

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 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