Drone Science: Research Team Will Fly Drones Into the Eclipse

While drone operators everywhere will be looking for their best shots during Monday’s eclipse (check out this guide from Kittyhawk) a team of scientists from Oklahoma State University and the University of Nebraska will be flying all day to measure the effect of the eclipse on weather patterns. Popular Science reports that the researchers are participants […]

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Airware’s Don Weigel Provides Roadmap for Drone Integration

As one of the leading providers of commercial drone solutions in the industry – and, founded in 2011, one of the earliest drone companies – Airware has had a front row seat as drone technology developed.  Now Don Weigel, Airware’s Vice President of Professional Services, describes that development for both customers and the drone industry – […]

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Avion Unmanned: Bringing Drone Power to Public Utilities

Avion Unmanned is bringing drone power to local public utility companies.  A subsidiary of defense contractor Avion Solutions, Avion Unmanned provides operational support and training to industries adopting drone technology for the first time – and Huntsville Utilities are their latest client. While drones are widely used in Asia for utility applications such as power line […]

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Follow the Money: New Report Tracks Top 10 in Drone Funding

Funding rounds for drone companies have gotten bigger and bigger as the industry matures.  A new report from CB Insights names the industry’s top 10 funding deals since 2012. Some of the top recipient companies offer no surprise – DJI takes the #1 (and ties for number 9) spot at $105M; competitor Yuneec takes #2 […]

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How the US, France, Germany, Brazil, and New Zealand are Saving Lives With Drones

The US, France, Germany, Brazil and New Zealand are among the countries adopting a life-saving application for drones this year – as lifeguards at some of the world’s busiest beaches. It’s an application that just makes sense.  Lifeguards can stay on shore and monitor a large swath of coastline using a drone, including areas that […]

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FlightWave’s Edge: The Radical New Drone Flying Towards a Carbon-Free Future

  A new commercial drone company started by a team of Stanford PhDs is introducing a radical new commercial solution.  At InterDrone next month, CA startup FlightWave will debut the Edge drone – an autonomous, battery-powered endurance drone which can leverage solar power for increased range. The Edge represents an academic, ideal design – but […]

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Embry-Riddle Helps Bring Drones to Daytona Beach Police

The world’s leading aeronautical university, Embry-Riddle, has announced a partnership with the Daytona Beach Police Department (DBPD) to launch an aviation program. The new aviation program will include a 5-officer unit and two drones, and is scheduled to launch at the end of this year. “Anything we can get to protect our citizens and our […]

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Women of Commercial Drones: “Act Now” to Increase Diversity

The Women of Commercial Drones are addressing gender disparity in tech – and the drone industry – head-on.  In an op-ed by the Women of Commercial Drones organization, published by Drone360 magazine, the writers say that “it’s not enough for companies to simply assert the value of gender balance and a diversified culture. We have […]

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The Best Places to Fly During the Solar Eclipse: Advice from Kittyhawk

The first total eclipse in 38 years will take place on August 21st, and drone operators are getting ready.  While the eclipse offers a unique opportunity for some beautiful images, it’s important that the drone community fly safely and in accordance with federal and local regulations.  To help all of the operators who plan on […]

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DJI Announces New Leadership

DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, announced today the appointment of Roger Luo as President of the company.  Luo was previously the Vice President of Operations. Luo’s focus will be the expansion of DJI’s international business as he takes over day to day operations of the manufacturing giant. “DJI now has over 11,000 staff worldwide, […]

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New Department of Defense Guidance “Cracks Down” on Drones

The United States Department of Defense (DoD) has issued new guidelines for dealing with unauthorized drone flights over military installations.  The new guidelines would allow drones to be disabled or destroyed: a Defense.gov statement said DoD “cracks down” on drones. A Pentagon spokesman told reporters yesterday that classified guidance had been sent to installations and […]

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All Aboard the Drone Train: Amazon’s Newest Patent for Drone Delivery

Amazon‘s latest patent for “intermodal vehicles” fits in another piece to the drone delivery puzzle.  The patent describes container boxes transported by train, truck or container ship that could launch delivery drones – or, as the patent points out, receive deliveries. Amazon’s plans for drone delivery aren’t just a cute method of getting items to […]

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Genius NY Seeks New Drone Empires for the Empire State

Genius NY is offering a million dollars to the right drone startup. GENIUS NY is “an in-residence business accelerator program at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden in Syracuse, New York.” The oldest and most well-known incubator in Upstate New York, the Tech Garden supplies space and support to over 70 technology members.  Funded with $5 million […]

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PolarPro Introduces New Toolset for Drone Cinematography

Drone videographers just got some new tools.  PolarPro has expanded their library of video editing solutions with Helios Cinematic Light Effects. The Helios Cinematic Light Effects software includes 32 drag-and-drop lens flares, light leaks, leads and transitions. “These simple-to-use effects can easily be dropped into any video composition to help streamline post production workflow,” says […]

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3 Ways Intel is Shaping the Drone Industry

Intel has come a long way from just providing chips, and over the last few years the company has moved quickly to the forefront of the drone industry.  With a series of acquisitions, including a stake in major Chinese manufacturer Yuneec, and the development of drone technologies that range from development platforms to a fleet […]

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Homeland Security Tests Tethered Drone Over Trump’s Vacation Golf Course

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will use a tethered drone to perform surveillance over the Trump National Golf Course in New Jersey, during the President’s vacation this month. “The Proof of Concept will help determine the potential future use of tethered sUAS in supporting the Agency’s protective mission,” says the […]

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Insitu’s Million Hour Milestone: “We’re Just Getting Started.”

Military and commercial drone company Insitu announced that their platforms have flown 1,000,000 hours last week – a major milestone for the 23-year-old company. “…I believe we are just getting started,” said Insitu’s president and CEO, Ryan Hartman. The company, now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Boeing Company, is a provider of end-to-end drone […]

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Another Drone Company for Snap? Company Eyes Zero Zero Robotics

Snap, the parent company of social media platform Snapchat, is in negotiations with Chinese drone manufacturer Zero Zero Robotics, maker of the Hover Camera Passport selfie drone. The Information reports that Snap is considering purchasing Zero Zero for $150-200 million, upping their drone game considerably from the purchase of Cntrl Me Robotics earlier this year […]

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Another Drone Company for Snap? Company Eyes Zero Zero Robotics

Snap, the parent company of social media platform Snapchat, is in negotiations with Chinese drone manufacturer Zero Zero Robotics, maker of the Hover Camera Passport selfie drone. The Information reports that Snap is considering purchasing Zero Zero for $150-200 million, upping their drone game considerably from the purchase of Cntrl Me Robotics earlier this year […]

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DJI and 3DR Make a Deal

On what California-based 3DR calls a “historic day,” the company announced that it has made a deal with one-time competitor DJI. In a further move towards creating an end-to-end drone solution for the enterprise, 3DR announced that it will integrate its Site Scan software platform with DJI drones.  This move may help sales of Site […]

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Firefighting and Law Enforcement Drones: What Departments and Providers Should Know

Drone adoption in the public sector is growing rapidly as the benefits of the technology become clear.  Drones are used by state and local governments for applications from wildlife management to weather forecasting, but by far the fastest growing sector is public safety and emergency services.  Firefighting and law enforcement departments everywhere are purchasing drones […]

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FAA’s Huerta Emphasizes Partnership, Promises “A More Flexible Attitude”

In an address to participants at AirVenture, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta emphasized the need for partnership to drive the aviation industry forward. Saying that his last trip to AirVenture as FAA Administrator was “bittersweet” Huerta added that in his last seven years as the leader of the FAA he had seen extraordinary things – and […]

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3DR Solo Back as Open Source Platform

Don’t play Taps for 3DR‘s Solo yet.  3DR’s CEO Chris Anderson tweeted today that the Solo is getting a second life. In an article title “The Solo Lives On,” on the ArduPilot Blog – ArduPilot is an opensource autopilot system – the team explains how a community of developers worked to give the Solo a […]

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FAA Reauthorization Pushed Aside…Again

The House version of the FAA Reauthorization Act – the 21st Century AIRR Act – has been pushed off again until September while it’s sponsor, Rep. Bill Shuster (R – Pa.), works for more support. The Hill reports that Shuster has confirmed that the bill will not be brought up for a vote until after […]

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Prosumer Drones Continue to Gain Ground in Pro Video with SlingStudio Solutions

Sling Media, a subsidiary of DISH Network Corp, has introduced a platform compatible with DJI drones. It’s a match that works on both sides.  As DJI works to raise it’s profile in the professional market, Sling Media – with the SlingStudio system – is moving to broaden it’s customer base into the consumer market.  SlingStudio, says […]

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“DrohnenApp” Gives German Drone Operators Rules, Regs and Flight Logs

The German Aviation authority, DFS, has teamed with UTM and fleet management experts Unifly to provide recreational drone operators with clear information about where they are allowed to fly. The “DFS-DrohnenApp” not only provides information on where operators may fly legally, but also gives detailed information on the rules and restrictions.   And just for […]

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“DrohnenApp” Gives German Drone Operators Rules, Regs and Flight Logs

The German Aviation authority, DFS, has teamed with UTM and fleet management experts Unifly to provide recreational drone operators with clear information about where they are allowed to fly. The “DFS-DrohnenApp” not only provides information on where operators may fly legally, but also gives detailed information on the rules and restrictions.   And just for […]

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Another Record-Breaking Flight for Commercial Drones

The commercial drone industry can celebrate another record-breaking flight.  FlyLogix, a privately owned UK-based start-up, announced the longest civilian drone flight in Britain – 50 nautical miles. FlyLogix is an energy inspections company.  The flight was performed round trip from Blackpool to energy company Centrica’s unmanned gas production platform, located in the middle of the […]

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ICAO Asks for International Standards for Drones

ICAO is asking countries to cooperate on international standards for unmanned air traffic management (UTM.) At the opening of the ICAO Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Symposium in Abuja yesterday, ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu “stressed the importance of a globally coherent regulatory framework for the management of unmanned air traffic,” says ICAO, a […]

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DJI Responds to UK Registration Rules

The world’s leading drone manufacturer, DJI has published a response to the weekend’s news that the UK plans to introduce new safety rules for recreational drones, including drone registration. DJI “welcomes” new plans for drone safety, says the statement. “Drone technology offers enormous benefits to the UK, and the Department for Transport’s proposal appears to strike […]

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Whose Batty Now? Drone Strike De-bunked

Yet another widely reported drone strike has been de-bunked, with DNA testing proving the flying object to have been a gray-headed flying fox – a bat. A July 11 report by the pilot of a SOCATA TB-10 Tobago aircraft that he had collided with some object during final approach at Parafield Airport in South Australia […]

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CNN Gets First Closed Set Waiver

CNN Aerial Imagery and Reporting (CNN AIR), the media giant’s drone division, is the first organization to get a Part 107 waiver for flight over people for “closed-set motion picture and television filming.” CNN was required to demonstrate safety to the FAA before receiving the waiver, which “allows CNN AIR to operate a diverse range […]

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DroneDeploy, SLANTRANGE, and Sentera Partner on Advanced Ag Solution

DroneDeploy announces new features, allowing growers to use their industry leading drone mapping platform with agriculture specific sensors, including SLANTRANGE calibrated multi-spectral sensors and Sentera’s near infrared sensors. “We’ve listened to our customers’ requests and worked with leading technology partners in the industry to help growers detect crop variability sooner and compare plant health over time,” said DroneDeploy […]

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South Korean Government to Invest 1.2 Trillion in Drone Industry

Determined to be part of growing Asian drone industry, the South Korean government has announced that it will invest a further 1.2 trillion won (over $1 billion) in the industry over the next five years. Korean news outlets report that the country’s Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs (MOLIT) has detailed plans designed to […]

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MIT Researchers Develop Miniature Brains for Miniature Drones

  MIT researchers are working to create miniature brains for miniature drones – designing a computer chip specifically for the purpose. “Standard computer chips for quadcoptors and other similarly sized drones process an enormous amount of streaming data from cameras and sensors, and interpret that data on the fly to autonomously direct a drone’s pitch, […]

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A Truly Adorable Drone Does a Serious Job in Space

What could be one of the cutest drones in existence is doing a serious job, taking pictures and videos on the International Space Station (ISS.) Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has released images and video taken by the JEM Internal Ball Camera (the Int-Ball.)  Int-Ball is the first camera drone that can record video while […]

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Canada’s Disappointing Drone Regs

Transport Canada has released a draft of new drone laws, which the world’s leading drone manufacturer DJI says could significantly limit the industry. “While DJI is pleased some operating restrictions from earlier Interim Orders have been eased, the draft rules as written would significantly limit safe and responsible drone use,” says DJI’s statement. “The rules […]

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DARTdrones and DroneDeploy Announce Partnership to Train Drone Mappers

Two industry leaders have partnered to offer professional training the industry sorely needs: drone mapping. DARTdrones and DroneDeploy will collaborate on a series of workshops and courses to educate drone pilots on aerial mapping, a sought after skill in the enterprise.  Mapping is heavily used in agriculture, construction, transportation and other major verticals that commonly use […]

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Business Insider’s Latest Drone Industry Analysis

Business Insider has released their latest drone market forecast, and it indicates that industry growth is still robust. While the report says that commercial growth was significantly boosted by the enactment of Part 107 and the regularization of commercial drone use, Business Insider says that forecasting the drone industry is challenging.  While Gartner research says […]

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What Exactly is in Raleigh’s Proposed Drone Ordinance?

The  cit of Raleigh, North Carolina – home to commercial drone leader, PrecisionHawk – is proposing a ban on recreational drones in all but 7 city parks. The proposal has gotten a lot of press in the drone community.  Not only will it severely restrict drone use in the vast majority of Raleigh’s public greenspace, […]

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“Mischief to Mayhem”: Drones Singled Out at Australia’s Safe Cities Conference

A speaker at the Brisbane Safe Cities Conference in Australia chose to single out drones as a major threat – but it might have been to promote his organization’s anti-drone technology. Keith Mollison, a defence contractor and product manager at Australian-based EPE, spoke at the annual Safe Cities conference on the “significant hazards to public […]

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Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team: Working to Improve “Safety Culture”

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) has announced it’s most recent activity: the formation of three risk-reduction working groups. The UAST is “an industry-government partnership committed to ensuring the safe operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).”  Announced last summer by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the team is another of the FAA’s efforts to collaborate with […]

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Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team: Working to Improve “Safety Culture”

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) has announced it’s most recent activity: the formation of three risk-reduction working groups. The UAST is “an industry-government partnership committed to ensuring the safe operations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).”  Announced last summer by FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, the team is another of the FAA’s efforts to collaborate with […]

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FlytBase Releases the World’s First Internet of Drones Platform

CA-based FlytBase, Inc., a startup building developer platforms for connected intelligent drones, has announced the release of industry’s first Drone-API as a Service offering. “While most modern businesses run on cloud-based applications, connecting drones to the cloud has been quite challenging,” says the company announcement. “FlytBase plans to change that with their FlytBase Cloud platform.” […]

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Charges Dismissed Against Drone Operator Who Flew Over Pipeline Protest

Criminal charges against Myron Dewey, the drone operator who documented the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock last year, have been dismissed. Dewey faced stalking charges brought by the Morton County Sheriff’s Office after he flew his drone over two hired security officers, reportedly trying to obtain images of their faces and license plate […]

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The Argument Over Drone Registration Continues

The response to John Taylor’s FOIA request asking the FAA for records that indicate the recreational drone registration program was ever used to enforce regulations is the latest point of discussion in the argument over the program. By now, everyone in the drone communitiy knows about John Taylor’s winning lawsuit against the FAA, which determined […]

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The Drone with a 5 Day Flight Time

Researchers at MIT have developed a gasoline powered drone with a 5 day flight time.  The glider-like drone is designed to carry a communications payload that could establish a temporary telecommunications network for disaster relief. The idea of using drones to establish temporary networks in disaster struck areas isn’t new; but most solutions are expensive […]

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DJI to Train Dutch Emergency Workers at New Drone School

The Netherlands is successfully creating an ecosystem for the robotics and unmanned vehicles industries.  Now, the world’s largest drone manufacturer DJI will train Dutch firemen and paramedics at a new drone flight school. DJI has formed the agreement with Space53, a public-private partnership for developing the drone industry in Enschede.  The agreement calls for the […]

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It’s a Drone, It’s a Car… It’s Both.

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) are developing drones that can both fly and drive. MIT News reports that a team of graduate students is working on robots that optimize the benefits of both modes of travel.  While the team is working on small robots, the idea is to create technology […]

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CyPhy Works Tethered Drone Provides Security for Boston Pops Fireworks

The PARC tethered drone system from MA-based CyPhy Works provided security for the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular this year. The company’s Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications platform – PARC™ – uses CyPhy’s patented microfilament tethered system to provide secure communication and power.  The tether, which is “thin as a headphone cord,” anchors the drone in […]

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