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April 27, 2017

Mini-ADS-B maker set to release newer, smaller versions for sUAS

BY Luke GeiverThe maker of a miniature ADS-B transceivers and navigation products has announced plans to debut a new line of small unmanned aircraft systems products that are lighter and better than previous versions. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Verizon tests cellphone tower in the sky to aid first responders

BY Patrick C. MillerVerizon is testing a drone equipped as a flying cell tower to demonstrate its ability to provide communications to first responders during emergencies and disasters when normal communications are knocked out. A larger test is planned for next month. READ MORE

April 13, 2017

Pipeline inspection drone developed for oil and gas industry

BY Patrick C. MillerThe vertical-take-off-and-landing SkyOne UAS developed by SkyX, a new Canadian aerospace company, is intended to serve the oil and gas industry's need for pipeline inspection, mapping and surveillance. READ MORE

March 30, 2017

ACSS, NASA plan UAS collision avoidance flight tests this summer

BY Patrick C. MillerFollowing last year's successful flight tests with Northrop Grumman's optionally piloted Firebird aircraft, Arizona avionics developer ACSS will this summer be working with NASA to test a new version of its UAS collision avoidance system. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

Insitu hopes to give U.S. Coast Guard cutters the UAS advantage

BY Patrick C. MillerInsitu is well positioned to provide the U.S. Coast Guard with the small UAS it plans to have aboard its cutters in the next few years. The company has plenty of experience testing and operating is Scan Eagle from the service's ships. READ MORE

February 16, 2017

ORNL releases guide for electric utilities looking to add drones

BY Luke GeiverRick Lusk has created a best practices guide for utilizing unmanned aircraft systems from the insight of pilots and practitioners from all over the world. Lusk, is the director of the unmanned aircraft systems center at ORNL. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

General Atomics new SkyGuardian has commercial potential

BY Patrick C. MillerThe SkyGuardian, a new, upgraded version of the General Atomics Predator B, is going through an FAA type certification process that will enable it and other larger drone designs to eventually operate in the national airspace. READ MORE

February 02, 2017

Tiny ADS-B transceiver could provide high-traffic drone solution

BY Patrick C. MillerA low-power ADS-B transceiver the size of a dime could provide a solution for dealing with the large numbers of drones expected to be in the skies in the near future. uAvionix is working with the FAA to perfect the technology. READ MORE

January 27, 2017

NASA, FAA test UAS to track spacecraft in the national airspace

BY Patrick C. MillerThe Near Space Corp. assisted NASA and the FAA in testing how drones could be used to track spacecraft that transit the national airspace as they re-enter the Earth's atmosphere. The tests took place at Oregon's Tillamook Test Range. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

QuestUAV's gimballed sensor improves UAS 3D mapping

BY Patrick C. MillerEngland-based QuestUAV has designed a gimballed sensor to compensate for the effects of wind and turbulence that often lead to blurred images and low image overlap. Its latest system is 15 percent more efficient in capturing images for 3D models. READ MORE

January 19, 2017

Sentera announces real-time NDVI streaming for precision ag

BY Sentera On Feb. 1, Sentera will release LiveNDVI Video using the Minneapolis company’s Double 4K sensor. This technology offers agronomists a fast way to make decisions based on real-time data. READ MORE

January 05, 2017

UAS attorney: Drone deliveries for the masses a long way off

BY Patrick C. MillerAmazon and Flirty have made news with reports of successful drone deliveries. But how close are they to becoming a reality? UAS attorney Jonathan Rupprecht believes there are substantial regulatory and legal hurdles yet to be cleared. READ MORE

December 22, 2016

Making connections in the UAS world

BY Patrick C. Miller

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