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December 20, 2016

USDA funds drone research to improve wheat yields

BY Luke GeiverThe U.S. Department of Agriculture is turning its eyes to the sky to find the next breeding breakthrough in U.S. wheat fields. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded a Kansas State research team $300,000 for drone-based research. READ MORE

December 08, 2016

Florida firm offers drone building and roof inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerUsing a drone for roof and building inspections enables GCI Consultants in West Palm Beach, Florida, to provide its customers with services that were too expensive and too intrusive in the past. It's also safer and more efficient. READ MORE

November 09, 2016

Textron Systems offers new precision survey sensor on Aerosonde

BY Textron Systems Textron Systems Unmanned Systems announced that it will now offer the TK-7 Firewatch precision survey sensor on the Aerosonde small unmanned aircraft system after its recent successful demonstration. READ MORE

October 27, 2016

DJI explains new book of drone-captured images

BY Luke GeiverTo celebrate its tenth anniversary, DJI choose to compile and showcase some of its greatest assets amassed during the past decade: images captured via drone. UAS Magazine spoke with DJI's global director of communications about its new book. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

World View Enterprises introduces a new kind of UAS

BY Patrick C. MillerWhile some might not consider a high-altitude balloon a UAS, World View Enterprises is using UAS technology to span the gap between satellites and unmanned aircraft with the Stratollite. The company is changing perceptions of what balloons can do. READ MORE

October 13, 2016

Prototype miniaturized radar for small UAS undergoes testing

BY Patrick C. MillerUAVradars is being funded by NASA to develop a miniaturized radar to equip small UAS with sense-and-avoid technology. The spinoff company is testing a prototype aircraft in Kansas that incorporates the radar system. READ MORE

September 29, 2016

UPS tests drone delivery to island off the Atlantic coast

BY Patrick C. MillerA CyPhy Works drone last week was used to conduct a mock delivery of medicine to an island off the coast of Massachusetts, UPS used the event to announce its entry into the drone delivery market. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Swiss solar-powered UAS tested for refugee rescue missions

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Swiss solar-power AtlantikSolar UAS demonstrated its ability to locate victims of Europe's ongoing refugee crisis by flying for 26 hours with a thermal camera. Next year, the aircraft will be used for climate research in Greenland. READ MORE

September 15, 2016

Test flights begin in October for UAS equipped with ADS-B

BY Patrick C. MillerISight RPV announced this week that its UAS will be used in two research projects. One will study manned and unmanned aircraft equipped with ADS-B and the other involves monitoring land reclamation along gas pipeline right of ways. READ MORE

September 01, 2016

Training academy graduates first General Atomics aircrews

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. last month graduated the first aircrews trained to fly the Predator at its UAS Flight Training Academy next to the Grand Forks (ND) Air Force Base. The facility cuts training time by as much as four months. READ MORE

August 23, 2016

UAS Summit & Expo opens with session for student entrepreneurs

BY Patrick C. MillerThe opening day of the 10th Annual UAS Summit & Expo featured advice from young CEOs about how students can pursue their own UAS startup companies using the opportunities and resources available in North Dakota and the surrounding region. READ MORE

August 15, 2016

In Depth: UAS Goes To Hollywood

BY Patrick C. MillerWhen UAS pioneer Emmanuel Prévinaire started Flying-Cam in 1988, he knew he was onto something big. Eventually, the movie industry knew it, too. READ MORE

August 04, 2016

A Tale Of Two UAS Stories

BY Patrick C. MillerHere's a behind-the-scenes look at what went into creating feature stories on Intel, Flying-Cam and SkySkopes for the upcoming third quarter issue of UAS Magazine. READ MORE

July 21, 2016

Drone experts, major firms headed to UAS epicenter

BY UAS Magazine Staff The event will unite commercial end-users with commercial manufacturers and operators, researchers, payload providers, platform designers and multiple leaders spearheading UAS expansion. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

NASA completes first phase of tests, readies for next phase

BY Patrick C. MillerWith the final round of flight tests completed on a detect-and-avoid system for large UAS, NASA will fund a second four-year phase of tests set to begin in 2018. The General Atomics Ikhana served as the UAS workhorse for the project. READ MORE

July 07, 2016

Geospatial drone service gears up after Part 107 release

BY Luke GeiverAfter five years of drone mapping consulting and being one of the first survey-focused U.S. Federal Aviation Administration section 333 exemption holders, CompassDrone is gearing up for expansion. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Sentera captures 25 million acres of precision ag images

BY Patrick C. MillerMinneapolis-based Sentera LLC says it has captured more than 25 million acres of images from UAS since its start in 2014. The company also added new software and hardware to its product line. READ MORE

June 23, 2016

Nevada site to test UAS for monitoring radiation levels

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Nevada National Security Site has added two Sandstorm UAS to a research and development program that will test sensors to measure radiation in situations too dangerous for humans. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Near Earth, NASA making first, last 50 ft of UAS flight safer

BY Luke GeiverNear Earth Autonomy has been awarded $754,000 from NASA to help develop a system to safely navigate an unmanned aircraft system during the first and last 50 feet of the take-off or landing phase. READ MORE

June 09, 2016

Energy infrastructure research flights completed in Virginia

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS flying from an operating airport in Virginia conducted successful flight tests of energy infrastructure that provided real-time data to end users, said David Yoel, CEO of American Aerospace Technologies Inc. READ MORE

May 25, 2016

SLANTRANGE makes precision agriculture even more precise

BY Patrick C. MillerFarmers in Nebraska liked what SLANTRANGE's sensors and data analytics did for agriculture so much that they decided to fund the company. Now its second generation sensors and software are even better. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

DHL conducts successful integration of UAS into logistics chain

BY Patrick C. MillerInternational postal and logistics company DHL has successfully concluded a three-month test of its third-generation Parcelcopter as part of a larger research and innovation project. READ MORE

May 12, 2016

Two UAS companies sign on as Robotic Skies customers

BY Patrick C. MillerRobotic Skies LLC has added two new companies to its customer base—Spectral Sky Inc. and DPI UAV Systems—which will receive technical support and warranty service from a network of more than 100 service centers around the world. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

FAA grants commercial night flight exemption to Tremco Roofing

BY Patrick C. MillerOhio-based Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance has become the first U.S. business to receive permission from the FAA to fly nighttime commercial operations using UAS. READ MORE

April 28, 2016

Textron Systems Unmanned Systems joins research center

BY Patrick C. MillerJoining the National Science Foundation's Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems was a natural fit for Textron Systems Unmanned Systems. The company will provide the center with its expertise while testing technologies for commercial applications. READ MORE

April 14, 2016

Pulse Aerospace planting role in ag industry through partnerships

BY Luke GeiverPulse Aerospace, a Kansas-based unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) developer, is utilizing recently formed partnerships to serve new agriculture-focused clients. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

NASA’s Global Hawk helps predict El Niño storms on West Coast

BY Patrick C. MillerNASA used its Global Hawk UAS during February to help improve the accuracy of extreme weather predictions from Pacific storms along the West Coast. READ MORE

March 03, 2016

Penn State adds program to train drone data experts

BY Luke GeiverPenn State University is working to help unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators become experts at reading UAS-captured data. Through a new online graduate certificate program in remote sensing, the university intends to train drone data experts. READ MORE

February 18, 2016

Integrated Robotics announces sense-and-avoid breakthrough

BY Patrick C. MillerA breakthrough in radar miniaturization and data processing software could provide a key technology development for sense-and-avoid technology UAS. READ MORE