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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

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