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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How to Make Sure Your Drone Video Doesn’t Suck

proDAD’s products for video stabilization and CMOS, fisheye, and rolling-shutter correction are legendary among videographers, filmmakers, and broadcasters around the world for their ability to transform unusable video into cinematic gold. Until recently, proDAD’s Mercalli® was a Windows product so we’re proud to unveil Mercalli SAL Mac, a full-featured, stand-alone macOS native application. Mercalli SAL Mac delivers theRead more…

Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition

The Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition kicked off Aug. 17 at Taipei World Trade Center, showcasing cutting-edge components and systems from more than 140 local and overseas companies at some 760 booths. Co-organized by the government-supported Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the 14th edition of the biennial event boasts a 16 percent increase […]

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NASA-NOAA Mission Studies Storm Intensification in Northern Hemisphere

A group of NASA and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists are teaming up this month for an airborne mission focused on studying severe storm processes and intensification. The Hand-On Project Experience (HOPE) Eastern Pacific Origins and Characteristics of Hurricanes (EPOCH) field campaign will utilize NASA’s Global Hawk autonomous aircraft to study storms in the […]

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RADA Gets $8M US Military Counter-UAS Contract

RADA Electronic Industries Ltd. has announced it had received a strategic first order for dozens of Multi-Mission Hemispheric Radars (MHR) from the US Military. Totalling over $8 million, this order will be delivered during 2017. The radars will be used by a key US military force, providing it with air surveillance with an emphasis on […]

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sUAS Helps Edwards Air Force Base Fire Fighters During Exercise

Members of the 812th Civil Engineer Squadron teamed with the Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force to use small unmanned aircraft systems to increase their emergency response capabilities during two aircraft crash exercises held July 31 and Aug. 3. The exercise scenario allowed the Edwards Fire Department and the 812th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight to respond […]

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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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DJI Summer Sale: Offers on Drones and Accessories

DJI has launched a summer sale with discounts and free accessories across its consumer product line.  DJI hasn’t launched a new product in the 3 months since news of the Spark broke: basically a drought when it comes to the Chinese manufacturer. If you’re eagerly anticipating the Mavic Pro 2 or the Phantom 5, we’ve got […]

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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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NOAA Partners with Drone Firm To Forecast Wildfires

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking swift steps to predict wildfires by partnering with a drone firm. Colorado-based Black Swift Technologies recently announced the drone deal – the deployment of “a tightly integrated system consisting of an airframe, avionics, and multiple sensors capable of research-quality measurements of CO2, CO, aerosol, [and other data] […]

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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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Volaero Drones and Geodetics sign LiDAR Integration Agreement

Note: Volaero is currently raising capital on the Netcapital  Crowd-Funding platform. To invest, click here Volaero UAV & Drones Holdings Corp., a Miami based Drone Tech Startup Company, has signed an Agreement with San Diego based Geodetics Inc., to integrate, deploy, and resell its advanced LiDAR and RGB imagery fusion technologies with the Geo-MMS, a […]

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US Naval Research Lab Tests Stackable CICADA Microdrones Swarm

The U.S. Naval Research Lab has been working on its CICADA (Close-In Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft) drones since at least 2011. The tiny drones are designed to be carried aloft by other aircraft and dropped, whereupon they’ll use GPS and little fins to glide to within 15 feet of their destination. They can carry a small sensor payload, […]

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Future Mission Control System Key to UAS Flying Off Carriers

The US Navy says it is moving full-throttle on plans to fly unmanned aircraft off of carriers. The planned MQ-25A will serve primarily as a refuelling platform, with the capacity to carry out some intelligence missions. The first unmanned craft to fly off a carrier, it is slated to deploy on the aircraft carriers Dwight […]

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First Full Inspection of Airlander Hull Completed

The first full inspection of Airlander’s hull was completed last week by HAV’s team of aerospace technicians as part of ongoing analysis during the Flight Test Progamme. This was the first annual yearly check of the hull surface as a part of its flight test programme. Simple but spectacular access techniques are now proven and […]

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Airborne Computer Network Platform for UAVs

Yan Wan, an associate professor in UTA’s Department of Electrical Engineering, is the team lead on a three-year, $998,803 grant from the National Science Foundation that will develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial systems. The platform will be made available for the research community to build upon current and future technology, […]

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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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Toronto Drone Film Festival – One Month Countdown!

The Toronto Drone Film Festival (TDFF) aims to highlight the best in aerial cinematography, offering an international platform for filmmakers from around the world to showcase their work in front of industry professionals, the drone community and an extensive media network.  Winners will be rewarded with cash prizes and giveaways from our event sponsors – a prizeRead more…

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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Robotic Skies Raises Venture Capital Funding Round

Robotic Skies announced it has raised a round of venture capital financing. The investment round was led by Kickstart Seed Fund of Salt Lake City, Utah, and included participation by Sun Mountain Capital of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The capital will accelerate the expansion of the Robotic Skies maintenance network for high-end commercial unmanned aircraft […]

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Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority RPAS Consultation Paper Published

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has opened submissions for its review into commercial and recreational operations of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones. The regulator has published a discussion paper on RPAS operations in Australia, noting there were about 50,000 drones used in this country currently, mostly for sport and recreational purposes. […]

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US Coast Guard Uses Drones to Expand its Reach

Unmanned aircraft do not have a long, storied history like the Coast Guard. But they already play a role in one of the Coast Guard’s earliest missions – guarding against illicit trade. In a letter to the commanding officers of the Revenue Cutter Service dated June 4, 1791, 10 months after the service was founded, Alexander Hamilton warned of […]

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Draganfly Innovations Case Study “Drill Pad Footprint Analysis”

  Introduction: This paper examines the benefits and cost savings of conducting a drill pad footprint analysis by Starscream Aerial Services, using the Draganflyer X4-P drone and photogrammetry Pix4D post-processing software in contrast to traditional methods. With the Draganflyer system, capturing aerial data with the correct image overlap required and processing the data is veryRead more…

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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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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Amateur Drone Lands on £3BN HMS Queen Elizabeth

It is a £3BN state-of-the-art investment, commissioned to reassert Britain’s supremacy on the high seas. But this week the Royal Navy was left blushing after it emerged that an amateur enthusiast managed to land a £300 drone on the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth – without anyone raising the alarm. According to local media reports in […]

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More Work for RPA Pilot Training Unit

MQ-9 trainers are still facing a task to increase the output of pilots and sensor operators, on track to reach a high of 700 this year with even more needed. As part of the 2015 plan to increase the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability of the Air Force and amount of personnel in the remotely […]

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DJI Tightens Security to Ease Data Vulnerability Fears

DJI has announced the development of a new option for pilots concerned over recent data security issues. The new feature, Local Data Mode, will enable flight without any internet data transfer, ensuring that enterprise customers and sensitive government operations remain secure. The announcement is in response to recent stories suggesting that the US Army had grounded […]

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3DR Envisions Constructions Drones as the New Normal

Fresh off a recent announcement of a major partnership with a former competitor, 3DR says it’s ready to dive into the construction sector as a key player in drone inspection and data analysis. In a recent interview with ConstructionDive.com, CEO Chris Anderson said his company’s latest decision to integrate its Site Scan software package with […]

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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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US Air Force Lab Tests High-Efficiency Engine for UAS

The US Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Power Technology Office, along with Engineered Propulsion Systems and the Arnold Engineering and Development Center, recently concluded ground-based testing of an advanced diesel engine that promises to increase the utility and ease the logistics burden of military aircraft missions. The high efficiency, innovative aviation diesel engine is a […]

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First Offshore Drone Survey for Norway’s DNV GL

DNV GL surveyors have carried out the classification society’s first offshore drone survey on the semisubmersible vessel Safe Scandinavia in the North Sea. This 25,383 GT tender support vessel (TSV) is owned and operated by Prosafe, supporting Statoil’s drilling operations off the coast of Norway. Using camera-equipped drones, DNV GL’s drone pilots checked the TSV’s […]

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Peruvian Air Force Develops Two New Drones

The Peruvian Air Force’s (FAP, per its Spanish acronym) Project Research and Investigation Center (CIDEP, per its Spanish acronym) was created in 1993 to develop flight simulators for Cessna A-37 aircraft. The project was led by officers from the electronic services branch. Following their success, they moved forward with the development of a series of […]

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Modified X-47B Appears as Testbed for MQ-25 Bid

Northrop Grumman is using an X-47B unmanned air vehicle (UAV) as a flying testbed for air refuelling systems in support of its proposal for the U.S. Navy’s upcoming MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aerial refuelling tanker contest. First details of Northrop Grumman’s preparations for the MQ-25A bid have emerged in photographs obtained by Aviation Week of a […]

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