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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 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 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

August 29, 2018

Drone Delivery Canada conducts successful tests

BY Patrick C. MillerUAS technology company Drone Delivery Canada has successfully completed beyond visual line of sight testing in Alma, Quebec, using its software platform and delivery drone. The company says it's close to commercializing its technology. READ MORE

August 29, 2018

Insitu uses ScanEagle to assist firefighters in Oregon

BY Insitu Insitu is once again employing its ScanEagle UAS to help battle wildfires in the northwest U.S. The company's Mobile Response Team has been assisting firefighters in Oregon by providing data collection and analysis for fire suppression activities. READ MORE

August 15, 2018

Komatsu America selects Propeller Aero's drone mapping software

BY Patrick C. MillerKomatsu America has selected Propeller Aero's drone mapping and analytics software for its Smart Construction Initiative. Propeller says its software can make mapping a construction project up to 90 percent more efficient. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

General Atomics signs deal to expand North Dakota facilities

BY Patrick C. MillerLinden Blue, CEO of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc., announced that the company will more than triple the size of its operations at the Grand Sky UAS park in North Dakota. He attended an event there with DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. READ MORE

August 10, 2018

UAS team assists with tracking shoreline erosion

BY Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University faculty, staff and students are using drone imagery to help restore and preserve the shorelines of southeast Volusia County in Florida. The UAS data will be used to help mitigate future erosion. READ MORE

August 01, 2018

Avansig, Skysense develop autonomous indoor surveillance drone

BY Patrick C. MillerIn the security and surveillance industry, there are significant implications for the development of an autonomous surveillance drone. European companies Avansig and Skysense are working with Prosegur to turn the concept into reality. READ MORE

July 16, 2018

FlightWave Edge deployed for international ocean research project

BY Patrick C. MillerThe FlightWave Aerospace Systems Edge UAS was among the unmanned marine vehicles on the research vessel Falkor for an international project studying the Subtropical Front in the Pacific Ocean. The project started in May and ended in June. READ MORE

July 13, 2018

General Atomics' unmanned trans-Atlantic flight makes history

BY Patrick C. MillerA General Atomics SkyGuardian on July 11 became the first medium-altitude, long endurance unmanned aircraft to complete a flight across the Atlantic. It left North Dakota on July 10 and landed a day later at an RAF air base in the the U.K. READ MORE

July 05, 2018

Allstate’s drone imaging program gets insurance industry award

BY Patrick C. MillerAllstate Insurance Co. is being recognized for its drone imaging program that streamlines property claims and improves adjuster productivity. The Novarica Insurance Technology Council will present the company with an Impact Award for its use of UAS. READ MORE

June 29, 2018

Facebook ends solar-powered Aquila UAS project

BY Patrick C. MillerFour years after starting an attempt to build its own high-altitude, solar-powered UAS as part of an effort to provide global internet connectivity, Facebook announced that it's shutting down the Aquila project based in Bridgwater, U.K. READ MORE

June 20, 2018

Dropcoter drone helps bees pollinate 350,000 apple trees

BY Patrick C. Miller As part of the GENIUS NY program, Dropcoter drones are assisting Beak & Skiff, one of central New York's top apple producers, in pollinating the 350,000 trees in its orchard. The job is normally performed by bees living in 400 hives. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

Textron Systems unveils test bed for future UAS technology

BY Patrick C. MillerWith an eye toward the future, Textron Systems Unmanned Systems revealed the X5-55, a UAS that will serve as an engineering test bed for the company's new technologies. The VTOL aircraft features a vectored flight control system. READ MORE

May 09, 2018

DJI report documents 65 lives saved by drones in past year

BY Patrick C. MillerDJI Technology's second annual report on the number of lives saved by drones says at least 65 people were rescued by UAS during the past year, partly because regulations now provide a clearer path for the use of drones in search and rescue efforts. READ MORE

May 07, 2018

Award-winning, Boeing-funded counter UAS firm shares vision

BY Luke GeiverFortem Technologies designs and builds counter drone capabilities. The company was recently recognized by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International and has also earned $15 million from Boeing. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

Cyberhawk assisting with major U.S. construction project

BY Patrick C. MillerCyberhawk, a UAS operator based in Scotland, is using its drones and software to provide digital asset management during the construction of a major petrochemical plant in the U.S. Its iHawk software is being used on a large scale for the first time. READ MORE

April 25, 2018

DARPA contract for drone swarm technology goes to Dynetics

BY Patrick C. MillerUnder a 21-month, $38.6 million contract with DARPA, Dynetics Inc. will assist in developing and demonstrating Gremlins, a program which uses a swarm of low-cost drones launched and recovered from a military cargo aircraft. READ MORE

March 27, 2018

Aspen, Sensurion join forces to develop certified UAS avionics

BY Patrick C. MillerAspen Avionics of New Mexico and Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace have formed a partnership aimed at filling the certified avionics gap between hobbyist and military drones. This will include autopilot, communications and navigation systems. READ MORE

February 28, 2018

U.S. Army collaborates on advanced UAV engine design

BY Patrick C. MillerMiami-based Locust USA Inc.—a subsidiary of UAV Turbines—has signed a $19 million agreement to collaborate with the U.S. Army on the development of a small turboprop engine for unmanned aircraft. The engine will also have commercial applications. READ MORE

February 14, 2018

Drones deliver green transportation option

BY Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Drone delivery isn't just about speed and efficiency. It's also good for the environment, according to new research from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Using drones to deliver packages uses less energy and lowers cO2 emissions. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

Company uses drones for surveys in Nepal’s rough terrain

BY Patrick C. MillerDroNepal is proving the value of drones to conduct surveying and mapping missions in remote regions of Nepal that can be mountainous and heavily forested. The company is doing work for clients planning hydropower projects to generate electricity. READ MORE

January 31, 2018

PrecisionHawk secures $75 million for commercial drone technology

BY PrecisionHawk Inc. PrecisionHawk has raised $75 million from a group of venture and strategic investors, bringing its total funding to more than $100 million since its founding in 2010. PrecisionHawk plans to use the investment to focus on innovation and acquisitions. READ MORE

January 17, 2018

Elevation maps added to Sentera’s precision ag software

BY Patrick C. MillerSentera has added elevation maps to FieldAgent, its software analytics platform for UAS precision agriculture applications. The map data can be used to increase efficiencies and create plans to improve drainage on cropland. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

NV5 acquires Skyscene to add unmanned aerial mapping

BY Patrick C. MillerFlorida-based NV5, an engineering consulting firm, has acquired Skyscene, a California UAS service provider, to add unmanned aerial mapping to its services. NV5 has traditionally relied on manned aircraft for this application. READ MORE

January 03, 2018

Ballard, Insitu partner on UAS fuel cell propulsion system

BY Patrick C. MillerBallard Power Systems and Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, recently signed a contract to integrate a next-generation fuel cell propulsion system into the ScanEagle fixed-wing UAS. The new fuel cells increase power with little increase in size or weight. READ MORE

December 19, 2017

UAS startup finalists selected for Central New York program

BY Patrick C. MillerSix UAS startup finalists have been selected for a Central New York business accelerator program called GENIUS NY. It's aimed at providing resources to companies with potential and establishing the region as a leader in the UAS industry. READ MORE