Time flies in investigations

Greater Toronto Area Traffic Sgt. Brad Muir, in the OPP’s Highway Traffic Division, was one of the first to receive an unmanned aerial vehicle to reconstruct serious motor-vehicle collisions. Supplied Photo With their ability to take more than an hour off serious collision investigation time, the Ontario Provincial Police are considering bringing unmanned aerial vehicles […]Read more…

New partnership to boost unmanned systems research, pilot testing

Indiana State University and Raleigh, N.C.-based PrecisionHawk have signed a research and development partnership that aims to advance the unmanned aerial systems industry from multidisciplinary perspectives. The university-business collaboration will focus on safety, education, training and algorithm development for PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper aerial data software. “PrecisionHawk is a strategic partner for Indiana State,” said Robert English, […]Read more…

When drones can regulate themselves

There are widespread concerns about the appropriate level of regulation for unmanned aerial systems — the Federal Aviation Administration just this week released recommendations that call for registration of all but the smallest drones.  Yet UAS themselves could soon include the technologies that will help regulate them. That’s according to industry experts who recently testified […]Read more…

FAA’S DRONE PROPOSAL FORGED WITH STAKEHOLDER HELP

The Federal Aviation Administration this week released a set of preliminary recommendations on small drones, which will use a simplified registration process compared to larger commercial drones. The result represents a compromise among a variety of industry stakeholders, some of whom didn’t get everything they wanted out of the final proposal. The federal government asked […]Read more…

UAS task force recommends registering drones

The task force released a 16-page report detailing recommendations for a UAS registration process. Yellowhead Helicopters Photo All drones in the United States between 8.8 ounces and 55 pounds should be registered with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), according to recommendations made by the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Registration Task Force over the […]Read more…

Army testing defenses against small, commercial UAS

Commercially available UAS such as the Phantom 3 pose a potential threat. With the proliferation of affordable unmanned aerial systems in the commercial sector, both civilian groups and military organizations are seeking platforms to defend against those drones being used as weapons. The Army organizations that helped develop the man-portable line charge that allowed soldiers […]Read more…

Rare aerial imagery helping researchers access whale body condition

Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit researcher Dr. Fredrik Christiansen; in collaboration with Professor Lars Bejder, is developing a research project to improve our understanding of baleen whale body condition and reproduction by using novel non-invasive technology. The study, funded by Murdoch University, involves using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to capture unique aerial imagery of […]Read more…

The Future of Commercial Drones

A French Geopost drone hovers during a Sept. 28 presentation showing a prototype package delivery system in action in Pourrieres, France. (BORIS HORVAT/AFP?Getty Images) Forecast As infrastructure becomes more congested over the next decade, unmanned aerial systems will be increasingly used to manage supply chains.   This transition will occur in stages as regulations adapt to technology […]Read more…

CACI launched new C-UAS system

CACI International has released a counter-UAS system called SkyTracker designed to protect high-value assets and support public safety against the increasing threat posed by the unlawful misuse of UAS, the company announced on 19 November. SkyTracker provides continuous, automated monitoring, day or night, in any weather condition, to detect, identify and track the radio links […]Read more…

Eye in the sky: US utilities see potential in drones to inspect power lines, towers

BLENHEIM, N.Y. – U.S. utilities see great potential in the use of remote-controlled drones to do the often-dangerous work of inspecting power lines and transmission towers but strict regulations have so far slowed adoption of the technology. The remote-controlled devices make the work of linemen safer, more efficient and less expensive, according to the Electric […]Read more…

Ban on use of drone, remote controlled aircraft and helicams

LAHORE -Ban has been imposed on the flying and use of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and remote controlled aircraft throughout the province. Secretary Home under section 144 has imposed ban on use and flying of drones, remote controlled model aircraft, unmanned aircraft system, flying cameras, quad copters, helicams and balloons for aerial media coverage and […]Read more…

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