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February 04, 2019

NFL Super Bowl halftime show featured Intel drones

BY Intel Corp. During the Super Bowl, Intel Corp. partnered with the NFL to create the first-ever live drone lightshow during halftime. Intel and the NFL have also made advanced Intel True View highlights available for fans to relive big moments from from the game. READ MORE

February 04, 2019

Drones track bees to improve pollination and crop production

BY Patrick C. MillerA collaboration between Bee Innovative, an Australian startup company, and the University of North Dakota's UAS program will use drones to track bees. The technology has been used successfully by Australian farmers to increase crop yields. READ MORE

January 30, 2019

FLIR Systems acquires Aeryon Labs for $200 million

BY Patrick C. MillerFLIR Systems Inc. has acquired Canadian drone developer Aeryon Labs for $200 million to reinforce its long-term strategy aimed at becoming a provider of complete UAS solutions. FLIR will continue expanding its UAS capabilities into other markets. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

General Atomics collaborates with businesses in UK, Belgium

BY Patrick C. MillerGeneral Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. is collaborating with businesses in the United Kingdom and Belgium to support its operational and new remotely piloted aircraft systems. The Belgian team includes five businesses while the UK group has 12. READ MORE

January 29, 2019

Amazon testing commercial UAS traffic management system

BY Patrick C. MillerA team at Amazon Prime Air is working with NASA and Single European Sky ATM Research to develop a traffic management system for small UAS conducting commercial operations in the same airspace. The goal is safe operations for all drones. READ MORE

January 09, 2019

Drone powered by fuel cell sets new UAS industry benchmark

BY Patrick C. MillerThe advantages of hydrogen fuel cells as a UAS power source were recently demonstrated when a 44-pound drone carried an 11-pound payload nonstop for 70 minutes, a new industry benchmark. The project is supported by Innovate UK. READ MORE

January 08, 2019

UAS could improve management of complex forest environments

BY Patrick C. MillerA research paper from the University of New Hampshire Department of Natural Resources says that drones have the potential to provide timely and accurate reference data on forests to help make better make better forest management decisions. READ MORE

January 03, 2019

High-Tech Inspections

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones and robots are seeing increasing use in the energy industry, but this technical revolution hasn’t yet caught on in the biomass energy industry. Black & Veatch and Interactive Aerial discuss potential UAS uses for the biomass market. READ MORE

January 02, 2019

FLIR Lepton camera integrated into DJI Mavic 2 Dual drone

BY Patrick C. MillerFLIR Systems and DJI will further their collaborative efforts with the integration of FLIR's Lepton micro thermal imaging camera into DJI's Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual drone. It marks their second collaboration under the Thermal by FLIR program. READ MORE

December 19, 2018

Austrian company develops parachute rescue system for DJI drone

BY Patrick C. MillerAustrian company Drone Rescue Systems has developed an emergency parachute system for the widely used DJI M600 drone. The lightweight system is designed to deploy a parachute in the event of a drone malfunction or total failure. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Intel's UAS technology inspects Minnesota, Kentucky bridges

BY Patrick C. MillerIntel collaborated with transportation departments in Minnesota and Kentucky to demonstrate how its UAS technology can make bridge inspections safer and more efficient, as well as improve the reliability of data collection. READ MORE

December 18, 2018

Kansas State Polytechnic offers scholarships to first responders

BY Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus The Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus is offering $500 scholarships to first responders interested in attending its 2019 small UAS commercial pilot training course. The course includes three days of training and the FAA exam. READ MORE

December 14, 2018

Utility successfully conducts 60-mile BVLOS inspection flight

BY Patrick C. MillerA 60-mile BVLOS transmission line inspection test flight was successfully conducted last month by Ameren Corp., a utility with customers in Missouri and Illinois. Black & Veatch and Collins Aerospace collaborated with Ameren on the project. READ MORE

December 10, 2018

AeroVironment aids National Park Service wildfire recovery effort

BY Aeroenvironment Inc. AeroVironment Inc. is working with the National Park Service on a comprehensive drone-based aerial imaging and environmental impact study to assess fire damage in key areas of the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area. READ MORE

November 30, 2018

Tragic South African fires inspire search and rescue drone

BY Patrick C. MillerThe loss of a helicopter pilot while fighting fires in South Africa inspired drone developer and manufacturer ALTI UAS to create the Transition SAR Orange, a vertical-takeoff-and-landing UAS specialized for search-and-rescue missions. READ MORE

November 29, 2018

Belgium, Australia to acquire General Atomics UAS platforms

BY Patrick C. MillerThe defense forces of Belgium and Australia have been authorized to acquire UAS designed and built by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. Belgium will negotiate to buy the SkyGuardian and Australia will purchase the armed Reaper. READ MORE

November 21, 2018

Flexible hybrid electronics have commercial UAS applications

BY Patrick C. MillerLockheed Martin and Georgia Tech are exploring ways to use flexible hybrid electronics to give small UAS beyond-line-of-sight capability using satellite communications. They are members of NextFlex, an organization that advances FHE technologies. READ MORE

November 20, 2018

Hyundai partners with American company to speed UAS development

BY Patrick C. MillerSouth Korea's Hyundai Motor Co. has formed a partnership with Boston-based Top Flight Technologies to cultivate new UAS business opportunities based on Top Flight's hybrid-electric power systems that provide longer flight times and heavier payloads. READ MORE

November 15, 2018

Solar-powered Odysseus will gather data for climate research

BY Patrick C. MillerBoeing subsidiary Aurora Flight Sciences has unveiled Odysseus, a solar-powered, autonomous UAS capable of flying in the stratosphere for indefinite periods of time. The aircraft is designed to assist weather and climate researchers. READ MORE

October 29, 2018

Digital vineyard of the future features drone data collection

BY Patrick C. MillerDrones could play a role in making better wine, thanks to the "Digital Vineyard of the Future" project. A recent demonstration in Nova Scotia, Canada, showed how a drone can gather scientific data in real-time and transfer it via a cell network. 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 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 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 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

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 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 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