DJI AirWorks 2017 Conference to Help Enterprises Put Drones to Work

DJI is hosting a conference in Denver composed of sessions to provide businesses with the knowledge, inforamtion, and resources needed to integrate drones into their business operations. The show represents an excellent overview on benefits and tactics with an impressive roster of executives and experts from the drone industry incuding executives from leading drone analytics […]

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“Women to Watch in UAS List” to Be Announced by Drone360 and Women And Drones

  Drone360 magazine and Women And Drones will jointly announce honorees of the Women to Watch in UAS List on August 29. Nine savvy women from around the world were selected for their work disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) industry. This is the first of an annual list […]

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Microsoft researchers test AI-controlled soaring machine

Guest post courtesy of Allison Linn, Microsoft — In the searing midday heat of the Nevada desert, a white Jeep Wrangler heads down a desolate strip of dirt road, surrounded on either side by miles of sagebrush and sand. As the Jeep bumps along, two members of a Microsoft research team, Jim Piavis and Rick […]

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Robotic Skies Raises Seed Round for Drone Repair Network

Robotic Skies, LLC, which manages a network of UAS repair stations has raised a round of seed funding led by Kickstart Seed Fund of Salt Lake City, Utah.Sun Mountain Capital of Santa Fe, New Mexico also participated. The capital will accelerate the expansion of the Robotic Skies maintenance network for high-end commercial drones. “We are […]

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Measure CEO Brandon Torres Declet on the UAV Industry, Regs and Drones as a Business

  DroneLife recently spoke with Mr Torres Declet, CEO and co-founder of Measure. Following is a summary of the conversation. In 2014, Brandon Torres Declet was an attorney working in the private sector developing unmanned systems policy for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. He became fascinated by the information gathering potential of UAVs […]

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Sky Hopper – an Electric Drone Capable of Carrying 100kg May Be on the Way

A group of entrepreneurial UK engineers is planning to build a mid-mass logistics drone for global markets. The system will be aimed initially at remote and isolated communities with plans to roll it out in urban areas over time. Called Sky Hopper, the UAV has an electrically powered tri fan design that will be constructed […]

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Dedrone Retains Retired Lieutenant General Keith Walker as Strategic Advisor

Dedrone, a developer of drone detection technology, has added a new member to their executive leadership team. Lieutenant General Keith Walker, US Army (Retired) is joining Dedrone as a Strategic Advisor. Based in Washington D.C, he will assist Dedrone in their work with U.S. and international government agencies to protect military and civilian operations from […]

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Insitu Partners with Esri and FireWhat on UAV Solution for Fire Fighting

Insitu is partnering with FireWhat, and Esri to provide aerial reconnaissance for fighting wildfires. The solution will use Insitu’s ground control station (INEXA Control),  drones (ScanEagle), and payloads including the High Accuracy Photogrammetry (HAP) payload. The Insitu team will work with FireWhat’s fire professionals, using its geographic information system (GIS) customized for firefighters, and hosted […]

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Utility-Specific Fixed-Wing VTOL Drone Takes Flight

ULC Robotics, Inc. is advancing the state-of-the-art in commercial utility industry aerial inspection after successfully flight testing a newly developed vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicle last week. As a leading robotics, energy services and research and development company focused on the energy and utility industries, ULC Robotics’ commercial-grade VTOL fixed-wing UAV […]

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DR1 Racing Announces the DHL Champions Series Fueled by Mountain Dew

DR1 Racing, an international drone racing organization, has announced the title sponsors and locations for its upcoming 2017 season airing on Eurosport and Fox Sports internationally. DHL, the logistics company, has committed to being a founding partner in DR1 and the title sponsor of the Champions Series. In addition to DHL, Mountain Dew is returning for […]

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Sentera Adds Data Capture Options to DJI Phantom 4s

  Double 4K Sensor’s fully customizable filters offer impeccable crop health insights Sentera has announced its Double 4K precision agriculture sensor is now available on DJI Phantom 4 Professional, Advanced, and Standard drones. This offering provides Double 4K quality at entry-level pricing, expanding late-season data collection options for agronomists, crop consultants, and growers. Several system […]

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Kansas to Use AirMap in Pioneering Effort at Unmanned Traffic Management

Kansas is taking a leadership position in efforts to expand and grow the drone industry in a manner that is safe and responsible. Using Airmap technology Kansas will be the first state in the country to implement an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) capability. Unmanned Traffic Management, or UTM, is the technological infrastructure that facilitates data exchange and air traffic control for […]

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Aerotenna Demonstrates Collision Avoidance in Drones with Texas Instruments Sensors

Aerotenna has successfully demonstrated collision detection and avoidance in drones with the IWR1642 mmWave sensor from Texas Instruments (TI), and announced its commitment to feature TI mmWave sensors in its next-generation collision-avoidance solution, uSharp Patch D1. As a leading provider of autonomous flying solutions for drones, Aerotenna sees TI IWR1642 sensor real-time intelligence capabilities as […]

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Toronto to Host International Drone Film Festival

The Sky Guys Ltd. , Canada’s leader in drone technology and Cambridge House International, will be hosting Canada’s premier Drone Film Festival, The Toronto Drone Film Festival, this fall at the Second Annual Big Drone Show. The two-day conference and trade show will be taking flight in Toronto on September 27 and 28, at the […]

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Draper Equips High Speed UAVs with Vision for GPS-denied Navigation

The following release is from Draper, an engineering firm based in Cambridge, MA. The company is developing technology that will enable UAVs to navigate autonomously through indoor environments where GPS signals are unavailable. CAMBRIDGE, MA—Aug. 4, 2017—When a firefighter, first responder or soldier operates a small, lightweight flight vehicle inside a building, in urban canyons, […]

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Measure Acquires Pilatus Unmanned to Expand Engineering and Sales

Measure, a U.S. provider of drone solutions for enterprise customers, has announced the acquisition of Pilatus Unmanned to for the purpose of expanding their drone engineering and equipment sales. Josh Kornoff, Pilatus Unmanned CEO will head Measure’s engineering team. The acquisition marks the latest chapter in Measure’s growth, highlighted by the recent introduction of new […]

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Farmers Insurance to Integrate Drone Technology from Kespry

Drones deliver benefits and one of those is the ability to conduct aerial inspections safely and economically. The insurance industry is coming to understand that and Kespry, a drone platform developer, has targeted that industry. Yesterday a major insurance provider, Farmers Insurance, announced that they will be deploying a fleet of unmanned aerial aircraft systems […]

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Dedrone Enters into Agreement with WWT to Provide Airspace Security Toolkit

Dedrone, an airspace security that develops software to detect drones and protect airspace from drone threats, has announced a new alliance with global technology integrator, World Wide Technology (WWT). The agreement allows WWT to gain access to DeDrone’s airspace security toolkit. WWT’s can now provide their global customers with a product to further strengthen their […]

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Dedrone Enters into Agreement with WWT to Provide Airspace Security Toolkit

Dedrone, an airspace security that develops software to detect drones and protect airspace from drone threats, has announced a new alliance with global technology integrator, World Wide Technology (WWT). The agreement allows WWT to gain access to DeDrone’s airspace security toolkit. WWT’s can now provide their global customers with a product to further strengthen their […]

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Volaero Drones to Use Thermal Technology to Track Pythons in Everglades

Volaero Drones, a Miami based Drone startup , is partnering with Bill Booth Outdoors and Bruni Infrared to utilize its advanced drone imagery technologies to create solutions for the python issues in the Florida Everglades. Volaero Drones is a professional drone services company that integrates drone, imagery, and data processing technologies to provide clients with […]

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Drone Company Atlas Dynamics Completes $8 Million Funding Round

Atlas Dynamics, a developer of drone-based solutions for the professional user, announced it has raised $8 million from private and institutional Asian and Israeli investors. Atlas developed the Erida drone which has a bit of a convoluted history (find related coverage here). Initially conceived of as a competitor to the GoPro Karma and at one […]

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Microdrones Completes 10 New BVLOS Test Flights

On July 13 and 14, Microdrones completed a series of test flights that were beyond the pilot’s visual line of sight (BVLOS). These flights were completed with the standard configuration of RC, telemetry and batteries on the md4-1000 aircraft that is available and being sold today. BVLOS flights are a significant achievement in the commercial […]

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DJI Support Photo Contest Underway

DJI Support has a photo contest underway on Facebook. The theme is water and there are some prizes o be had. Here are the details. from DJI Support Group on Facebook — Water—the mighty, the pure, the beautiful, the unfathomable, the destroyer, the bringer of life. Our world’s most precious resource and one of the […]

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DRL Drone Racing Finale to Air on ESPN

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has announced the premiere of the 2017 Allianz Circuit Season Finale, the Drone Racing World Championship, which will air on ESPN this Friday, July 28 at 9 PM EST. Following an epic playoff race in Munich and an electrifying 2017 season, the world’s eight best drone pilots face-off at the DRL […]

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Parrot Disco: A Fixed Wing Drone Designed for Beginners and Enthusiasts Alike

Parrot looks to be taking a new tack in its competition with DJI by packaging their Disco as a drone for all users: beginners, enthusiast, and commercial users. Parrot has crafted the offering for both beginner and expert model aircraft enthusiasts that enables them to connect their own RC transmitter (SBus, Sumd or CPPM protocols) […]

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AirVuz Profiles FPV Pilot Travis Samson aka GAPiT

From time to time AirVuz profiles FPV flyers. The feature is called “Behind the Goggles.” This past week they spoke with Travis Samson aka GAPiT. “Travis Samson is flying solo… quite literally. There’s not a big drone scene on Bainbridge Island… which is about an hour outside of Seattle. We met up with him at […]

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Icaros and TeAx Deliver Drone Mapping Solution for Radiometric ThermalCapture (FLIR core) Sensors

Icaros Inc., a provider of aerial imaging software, has announced that its drone image processing software can now process Thermal IR images from Radiometric microbolometer sensors. Icaros’ OneButton family for drone image processing lets end users generate geospatially precise, fully orthorectified 2D maps and 3D models from frame-based aerial imaging systems. The OneButton software has […]

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The Drone Analyst Wants You! . . .to Participate in UAV Industry Survey

If you are a buyer, seller, or investor in UAV technology you may be interested in a survey currently being conducted by the  Drone Analyst, Colin Snow. We recently spoke with Colin by phone regarding the survey, who its for, and what he expects to learn. By way of background, Colin Snow is the principal […]

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Is a Drone Spying on You? DeTect Releases DroneWatcher for Amazon Fire Tablet Users

Among the chief public concerns voiced regarding drones is a concern over invasion of their privacy. A Florida firm is has released an app for Amazon Fire Tablet users to address that concern. DeTect has announced the release of its DroneWatcher APP on Amazon’s Appstore for Fire Tablets.  The DroneWatcher APP makes Android devices such […]

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DroneTerminus To Showcase ‘Last Mile Solution’ At EAA AirVenture

DroneTerminus LLC, a technology startup company focused on providing solutions to the drone delivery industry is showcasing its DroneTerminus platform at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2017 event. DroneTerminus is a scalable appliance designed to enable ground-based charging and sense and avoidance systems. The device will also provide a secure and climate controlled environment which will […]

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IntelinAir Announces Analytics Platform for High-Resolution Aerial Imagery

IntelinAir has announced the release of an analytics engine for high-resolution aerial imagery of agricultural fields. In a release the company writes that  last year their AgMRI engine analyzed over 50 TB of imagery from millions of acres of corn and soybean fields in Illinois and Iowa. This analysis alerted growers to issues impacting yields […]

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Video of the Week! Rainbow Mountain, Peru!

AirVuz Productions recently traveled to Peru to work on several projects. While there they a trip to Rainbow Mountain and this was our view from the top! Rainbow Mountain, also known as Vinicunca or Montana de Colores, is best seen while taking one of the Ausangate Treks. Ausangate Mountain is considered a holy mountain by […]

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SkySafe Raises $11.5 Mill for Counter-UAS Technology; Secures DoD Contract

SkySafe, a San Diego based startup, has received $11.5 in Series A funding round that was led by Andreessen Horowitz. The round comes with a seat on the board for Andreessen general partner Lars Dalgaard. In addition, SkySafe has received a $1.5 million contract with the Department of Defense, providing mobile counter-UAS systems to Naval […]

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AirMap to Industry: Automated Airspace Authorization at U.S. Airports Coming This Fall

AirMap whose goal is to make “drones part of everyday life by building the airspace services platform to let innovation take flight.” has announced that fifty airports are preparing to provide LAANC authorization this fall. Here is the announcement: Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Miami International, Phoenix Sky Harbor International, San Jose International, and Reno-Tahoe International, among […]

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What’s Required to Film a Block Party in Downtown Minneapolis

Guest post from AirVuz — AirVuz recently flimed a big time block prty in downtown Minneapolis. They explain what was involved. Many of us in the drone community hear about events and think “that would be awesome to cover,” but never get the chance to do it. Here at AirVūz, we recently wrapped the Basilica […]

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Drone Assist, UK Safety App, Gets an Update

Drone Assist is a free app available for Android and iOS devices that is intended to help drones operators in the United Kingdom fly responsibly. It was first released in December of 2016 and has recently been updated. The app has been developed by NATS, a UK air traffic controller provider in partnership with Altitude […]

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Sentera Grows High-Precision Line With Release of Quad Sensor

Sentera hs introduced the latest update to its high-precision sensor product line, the Quad Sensor. It features 4 customizable imagers for precision agriculture data collection. In its standard configuration, the sensors offers standard Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Green NDVI, Normalized Difference Red Edge (NDRE), and high-resolution color data capture – all in a single […]

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Sentera Grows High-Precision Line With Release of Quad Sensor

Sentera hs introduced the latest update to its high-precision sensor product line, the Quad Sensor. It features 4 customizable imagers for precision agriculture data collection. In its standard configuration, the sensors offers standard Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Green NDVI, Normalized Difference Red Edge (NDRE), and high-resolution color data capture – all in a single […]

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Consider an Investment in VolAero – First Drone Company on the NetCapital Platform

First, a bit about Netcapital, the collaboration with DroneLife and why its important to our readers and to the industry. Every day we are introduced to exciting new companies in the drone technology space.  These companies are often constrained by funding and the need to raise capital. On the other side, our readers ask about […]

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The Drone Behind the Throne – Game of Thrones That Is

Game of Thrones, the HBO sensation from the books of George R.R. Martin, premiered season 7 last night, a season which features footage filmed with the NEO drone from Dutch company AceCore Technologies. The drone segments were shot last winter at different locations throughout Iceland. According to Acecore CEO and pilot Jorrit Linders the weather […]

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WP Rugby Uses Drones for Unique Perspective

In a first for rugby in South Africa, the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province are using drone technology to take their game to the next level for players and fans. Advancement of the sport around the world sees new technology influencing everything from kit design for improved performance and recovery to ball developments for […]

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WP Rugby Uses Drones for Unique Perspective

In a first for rugby in South Africa, the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province are using drone technology to take their game to the next level for players and fans. Advancement of the sport around the world sees new technology influencing everything from kit design for improved performance and recovery to ball developments for […]

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WP Rugby Uses Drones for Unique Perspective

In a first for rugby in South Africa, the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province are using drone technology to take their game to the next level for players and fans. Advancement of the sport around the world sees new technology influencing everything from kit design for improved performance and recovery to ball developments for […]

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Mr. Stupid Under House Arrest for Violating Air Space Around Tel Aviv Airport

Remarkably, someone thought it would be “a crazy shot” to film flights landing at the Tel Aviv airport. Now he is under house arrest. His name is not Mr. Stupid. It is Niv Stobenzki, who the International Business Times reports, “went to an outdoor bar about half a mile away from the Sde Dov Airport […]

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Mr. Stupid Under House Arrest for Violating Air Space Around Tel Aviv Airport

Remarkably, someone thought it would be “a crazy shot” to film flights landing at the Tel Aviv airport. Now he is under house arrest. His name is not Mr. Stupid. It is Niv Stobenzki, who the International Business Times reports, “went to an outdoor bar about half a mile away from the Sde Dov Airport […]

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