Swiss Drone Firm Inks Sky-high Aircraft Leasing Deal

A major Swiss drone company has inked a deal that will create one of the world’s largest global leasing service for UAS. UMS Skeldar announced the partnership last week with JetLease, an American multi-national group listed as one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies. Unveiled at the European defense/security expo DSEI 2017 in London, […]

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A First – Measure Kicks Off Drone Service Franchise in Illinois

Measure, a U.S. provider of drone services for enterprise customers, has announced its first franchise location with the September 25 grand opening of Measure Springfield in Illinois. The new office provides local, face-to-face service for businesses in Central Illinois looking to benefit from drone technology and the data analysis it can provide to improve productivity, […]

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Skylogic Research Issues New Report on Drone Industry Market

Skylogic Research, LLC  has announced the release of its 2017 Drone Market Sector Report which examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business users, and software services. This independent research, partially underwritten by Airware and DroneDeploy, finds that businesses are increasingly demanding drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations identifies insights on major drone industry sector sizes […]

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FAA: Hurricane Response a “Landmark in the Evolution of Drone Usage”

The FAA says that the assistance provided by UAV for hurricane response in Florida and Houston marks a “landmark in the evolution of drone usage.” “After the widespread devastation Hurricane Irma wreaked on Florida last weekend, unmanned aircraft – more popularly, drones – have been invaluable in supporting response and recovery efforts in the battered […]

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Parrot Launches New Bebop 2 Power

French drone manufacturer has made a second product announcement this month, with the launch of a new Bebop 2: the Bebop 2 Power. The upgraded model has improved hardware and software, as well as an impressive 30 minutes of flight time. Read more: Parrot Enters the Racing Drone Market with Mambo FPV The Parrot Bebop 2 […]

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French Drone Project Boosts Africa’s Crop Yields

A French drone company is teaming up with a major European inspection service to improve agricultural yields in West Africa. Delta Drone and Bureau Veritas Afrique announced plans last week to consolidate Bureau Vertitas’ soil analysis data with aerial data harvested by Delta drones to optimize precision farming for poverty-stricken areas in Côte d’Ivoire and […]

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Lockheed Martin Announces Canister Launched Drone

Lockheed Martin has announced its latest entry in its UAS portfolio of products, the OUTRIDER, designed to provide enhanced Situational Awareness (SA) in environments where launching a conventional UAV is not practical. The drone has been designed with a patented launch canister and has a high degree of wind tolerance. The OUTRIDER can be launched […]

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Dutch Project Snags Rogue Drones in Nets of Justice

A Dutch company debuted a drone-snagging drone at one of Europe’s top defense industry expos this week. Delft Dynamics unveiled the DroneCatcher project, a program backed by the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee (Military Police), the Dutch National Police and the Dutch Ministry of Safety and Justice, during Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) in London. The […]

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Parrot Enters the Racing Drone Market with Mambo FPV

News from France: One of the few remaining competitors to DJI, Parrot, has launched a racing drone: The Mambo FPV. Although it’s probably more precise to say that Parrot has launched several accessories that make its original Mambo – a $100, modular minidrone – suitable for flying FPV. So it’s not the exciting product launch […]

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North Carolina May Use Drones to Map Auto Crash Scenes

Thanks to the Wright Brothers’ famous maiden voyage, North Carolina is known as the First in Flight State. True to the motto, the Tarheel State (which is a totally different origin story!) continues to take the lead in drone innovation. The state Department of Transportation released a feasibility study last week with a plan to […]

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PrecisionHawk’s Michael Chasen: Drones Will Revolutionize Every Industry They Touch

PrecisionHawk‘s CEO Michael Chasen isn’t afraid to make big statements – or to take big actions.  In his keynote address to last week’s InterDrone conference, Chasen said that drones were a transformative technology, and PrecisionHawk was ready for the transformation. Chasen framed his discussion in terms of iPhones and Roombas (the robotic vacuum cleaner.)    […]

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Johns Hopkins Drone Flies Bloods Across 161 Miles of Arizona Desert

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have completed what is thought to be the single longest medical drone delivery flight. With a flight time of three hours, the team’s fixed-wing aircraft transported bloods 161 miles across the Arizona desert.  Drone delivery has got a lot of people very excited. And that’s fair enough. Who doesn’t like […]

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Skyfront Sets Multirotor Drone World Record with 4 hour and 34 minute Flight Time

Earlier this week a Chinese firm, Foxtechhobby, claimed it had set a drone world record with a flight of 3 hours. The record did not stand long. Skyfront, a California startup, is reporting that its multirotor drone, the Skyfront Tailwind, has claimed that record with a flight of 4 hours and 34 minutes. And in […]

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Cost of Operation: Will the New Yuneec Drone Set the Standard?

Yuneec partnered with local law enforcement at this month’s InterDrone conference to demonstrate their new H520 drone for accident reconstruction.  While the demonstration was impressive, it’s the overall cost of operation which makes Yuneec’s new offering stand out, says Douglas Spotted Eagle – a well-known industry leader and Yuneec’s Director of Commercial Business Product Development. […]

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EPFL Collapsible Drone Offers “Last-centimeter Delivery”

A team at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), a Swiss university specializing in engineering, has developed a foldable, origami-style delivery drone that encloses its package and has internal propellers for safer transport. It’s been labeled as a drone for “last-centimeter” delivery.  Last-centimeter Delivery When reading about the exciting potential of drone delivery, you’ve probably seen […]

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FlightWave and Intelligent Energy Announce Jupiter: a Hydrogen Drone for Industrial Use

Last week’s InterDrone conference saw a lot of new and innovative products announced.  One of the most interesting was the result of a partnership between CA-based FlightWave Aerospace Systems, Inc. and UK-based Intelligent Energy: the hydrogen-powered Jupiter-H2. The Jupiter doesn’t look like many of the other drones on display.  It’s not a sleek marvel of […]

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Are Drones the Soldier of the Future for Israel?

A Florida-based drone company has earned major kudos from Israel’s top defense officials with a futuristic military drone that could save lives on the battlefield. Duke Robotics announced yesterday that the Israeli Ministry of Defense endorsed the company’s TIKAD drone as “innovative future battlefield technology.” The ministry’s Administration for the Development of Weapons (equivalent to […]

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The InterDrone Film Festival: Check Out These Incredible Selections

Last week’s InterDrone conference hosted one of the best drone film festivals in the industry – and the work on display was amazing. This year’s contest had 7 categories and offered something spectacular for everyone, everywhere, interested in drones. In the Natural Wonders category, submissions featured gorgeous scenes from around the world, including New Zealand, […]

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AeroVironment Introduces New Product to Robust Market

  Leading military and commercial drone company AeroVironment, Inc. announced a new product today – as The Drone Girl Sally French, writing for MarketWatch, points out that the company’s stock has doubled in the last year. The new product is long-range tracking antenna (LRTA) for its Puma™ AE unmanned aircraft system. “The critical upgrade extends […]

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Ocean Alliance: Drones, Whales & Intel

We’ve been closely following the work of Ocean Alliance for a while now. The marine conservation organization first came to our attention with its ingenious, drone-powered data gathering solution: SnotBot. Silly name, brilliant concept. SnotBot is essentially a modified drone that hovers above whales in the wild to collect valuable samples from their blows. Think […]

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Ocean Alliance: Drones, Whales & Intel

We’ve been closely following the work of Ocean Alliance for a while now. The marine conservation organization first came to our attention with its ingenious, drone-powered data gathering solution: SnotBot. Silly name, brilliant concept. SnotBot is essentially a modified drone that hovers above whales in the wild to collect valuable samples from their blows. Think […]

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No Dope Delivery by Drone

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control says that cannabis and cannabis products may not be delivered by “aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.” The news is disappointing to some drone delivery startups who planned the service.  On April 1st of this year – note the date – San Diego-based MDelivers, one of […]

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No Dope Delivery by Drone

California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control says that cannabis and cannabis products may not be delivered by “aircraft, watercraft, rail, drones, human powered vehicles, or unmanned vehicles.” The news is disappointing to some drone delivery startups who planned the service.  On April 1st of this year – note the date – San Diego-based MDelivers, one of […]

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Sentera’s Omni Drone Captures Thermal, NDVI, and High-Res RGB Imagery

Sentera, a manufacturer of remote-sensing technologies for precision agriculture, has announced the Omni quadcopter drone to capture three distinct crop health data measurements in a single flight: thermal, normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), and high-resolution RGB. The Omni (ie omnidirectional) pairs a DJI XT Thermal sensor with Omni’s standard Double 4K to offer agronomists a […]

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Sentera’s Omni Drone Captures Thermal, NDVI, and High-Res RGB Imagery

Sentera, a manufacturer of remote-sensing technologies for precision agriculture, has announced the Omni quadcopter drone to capture three distinct crop health data measurements in a single flight: thermal, normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), and high-resolution RGB. The Omni (ie omnidirectional) pairs a DJI XT Thermal sensor with Omni’s standard Double 4K to offer agronomists a […]

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Intel Chooses Delair-Tech as Strategic Partner on Intel Insight

DRONELIFE named French company Delair-Tech as one of the top European drone companies last year – not just because of their time in the industry and robust enterprise solution, but because of the thought leadership they provide. Silicon valley giant Intel, heavily invested in the drone industry and a bellweather for future trends, agrees.  Intel has […]

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New GDU O2 Drone Sets Sights on DJI Fans

The drone industry has been waiting a while for rivals of DJI to step up to the plate. Particularly competitors from the US and Europe such as GoPro and Parrot. But it’s starting to look like the industry’s leading manufacturer has more to worry about at home than abroad. Another Chinese drone maker, GDU, has […]

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NVIDIA’s Redtail: Demonstrating Trailblazing AI for Drones by Flying Trails

NVIDIA researchers have released technology that will “enable  developers to create autonomous drones that can navigate complex, unmapped places without GPS,” says the company. “One of the challenges that many companies have encountered is in flying in environments that are GPS denied,” Jesse Clayton, Senior Manager Product for Intelligent Machines tells DRONELIFE. “But AI can […]

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AUDS-standing: British Group Beefs Up Anti-Drone Tech

One of Europe’s best known counter-drone defense consortiums is ready to hit the road after enhancing its design for deployment on military and security vehicles. Anti-UAV Defense System recently announced new upgrades to its hardware allowing the solution to “more effectively defeat swarm attacks by malicious unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), including long-range winged drones,” according […]

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Top Drone Industry Figures Discuss Data-Driven Business Transformation

At this week’s InterDrone conference, top industry figures discussed the next step of enterprise drone programs: data-driven business transformation. The panel, moderated by Intel‘s Anil Nanduri, was a small group of heavy hitters.  Michael Ritter of Slantrange, Dyan Gibbens of Trumbull Unmanned and Dr. Christophe Strecha of Pix4D focused on how to integrate aerial data […]

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Airobotics Raises $32.5 Million Meet Demand in Mining and Security Industries

Airobotics, an Israeli drone solution provider, has announced the completion of a $32.5 million funding round, led by BlueRun Ventures China, as well as Microsoft Ventures, OurCrowd.com and another strategic investor. Airobotics has also received funding from existing investors including, CRV, BRV, Noam Bardin (CEO of Waze), Richard Wooldridge (former COO/GTM of building 8 at […]

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Airobotics Raises $32.5 Million Meet Demand in Mining and Security Industries

Airobotics, an Israeli drone solution provider, has announced the completion of a $32.5 million funding round, led by BlueRun Ventures China, as well as Microsoft Ventures, OurCrowd.com and another strategic investor. Airobotics has also received funding from existing investors including, CRV, BRV, Noam Bardin (CEO of Waze), Richard Wooldridge (former COO/GTM of building 8 at […]

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Honeywell Partners with Intel on UAV Inspection Service

Honeywell has launched its first commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection service, the Honeywell InView inspection service, to help industrial customers improve critical structure inspections while helping increase employees’ safety from many of the risks associated with these often-dangerous working conditions. The Honeywell InView inspection service will combine the proven performance of the Intel Falcon […]

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Honeywell Partners with Intel on UAV Inspection Service

Honeywell has launched its first commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection service, the Honeywell InView inspection service, to help industrial customers improve critical structure inspections while helping increase employees’ safety from many of the risks associated with these often-dangerous working conditions. The Honeywell InView inspection service will combine the proven performance of the Intel Falcon […]

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Sferic DroneFlight: Advanced Weather Data for Advanced Flight Planning

 Earth Networks, the leading provider of weather intelligence solutions, wants to automate decisions involving the weather – like whether or not to fly.  Today at InterDrone, EarthNetworks introduced Sferic DroneFlight – a new advanced predictive weather offering for drone flights. “As organizations move towards deploying drones for commercial applications ranging from delivery of goods to […]

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Sferic DroneFlight: Advanced Weather Data for Advanced Flight Planning

 Earth Networks, the leading provider of weather intelligence solutions, wants to automate decisions involving the weather – like whether or not to fly.  Today at InterDrone, EarthNetworks introduced Sferic DroneFlight – a new advanced predictive weather offering for drone flights. “As organizations move towards deploying drones for commercial applications ranging from delivery of goods to […]

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Sferic DroneFlight: Advanced Weather Data for Advanced Flight Planning

 Earth Networks, the leading provider of weather intelligence solutions, wants to automate decisions involving the weather – like whether or not to fly.  Today at InterDrone, EarthNetworks introduced Sferic DroneFlight – a new advanced predictive weather offering for drone flights. “As organizations move towards deploying drones for commercial applications ranging from delivery of goods to […]

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FAA’s Huerta and Intel’s Krzanich: Drone Integration and Drone Data

Outgoing FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Intel‘s Brian Krzanich,the chair of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee, gave the keynote address to a packed house this morning at InterDrone. Huerta was greeted by enthusiastic applause, evidence of the success of his repeated efforts to form a collaborative relationship with the drone industry on regulations.  Huerta said […]

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Drone Opportunities for Law Enforcement, Emergency Response

DRONELIFE is attending the InterDrone conference in Las Vegas this week, and one of the early sessions hits a rapidly growing vertical in the drone industry: law enforcement and emergency response.  In a large room filled mostly with emergency services departments, many in uniform and almost all of whom are currently implementing a drone program, […]

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FLIR Introduces FLIR Duo Pro R Dual Sensor Commercial Drone Camera

FLIR has announced the FLIR Duo Pro R dual sensor thermal imaging and mapping system for commercial drones. Featuring a thermal sensor with radiometry, the FLIR Duo Pro R gives professional drone operators the range and image detail needed to capture actionable thermal and visible data in a single flight. The FLIR Duo Pro R […]

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National Geographic & DJI Combine Photography Contest with Drone Rental Program

Another day, another drone photography contest. But as this one is being run jointly by DJI and National Geographic – and includes a drone rental program – so it’s a pretty big deal. The aerial photography contest will run on Instagram from September 5 to October 31, and is open to residents of the United […]

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Is Viatek About to Launch the Real Lily Drone?

Over the past few days, the fallout from the failed Lily drone project has started to gain momentum. We revealed last week that the Lily was back from the dead thanks to the Mota Group, who purchased the rights to the Lily brand at auction. On the surface, buying the rights to a tarnished brand […]

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Is DRONEFAX the New Craigslist for UAS?

A Florida-based startup hopes to be a one-stop shop for drone brokerage services, running the gambit from inspection/repair to buying and selling used drones. DRONEFAX launched last week and the company says it will offer physical inspection services by a licensed FAA technician and a safe, fair market space for drone sellers and buyers. “We’re […]

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Asian Hornets Attack DJI Pest Control Drone

If you haven’t encountered the giant Asian hornet before, you’re one of the lucky ones. The things are pure evil in insect form. They are also rapidly making their way through Europe, killing people and devastating local bee populations they go. This week, a DJI drone inspecting a suspected nest on the island of Jersey […]

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Asian Hornets Attack DJI Pest Control Drone

If you haven’t encountered the giant Asian hornet before, you’re one of the lucky ones. The things are pure evil in insect form. They are also rapidly making their way through Europe, killing people and devastating local bee populations they go. This week, a DJI drone inspecting a suspected nest on the island of Jersey […]

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Comparison: Mavic Pro Vs Mavic Pro Platinum

Last week DJI launched a new Mavic Pro at IFA in Berlin: The Mavic Pro Platinum. There’s no doubt that it looks impressive, but is there any substance underneath that shiny new paint job? And how does it compare to the previous model? There are only three real differences between the Mavic Pro Platinum and […]

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Will Our Government Learn the Lessons Hurricane Harvey Can Teach re: Drones

It is past time for the government to realize and act on the benefits and opportunities that UAV technology can deliver. The technology is a major economic driver of jobs and business opportunities. And, as Hurricane Harvey amply brought into sharp relief, drones are life savers. This is all known by people working in the […]

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Airbus Aerial Uses Drones and Satellites to Help Harvey Survivors

Following the flooding and damage in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast, Airbus has started to utilize its Airbus Aerial drone data services to help Hurricane Harvey survivors and major insurance companies connect for help. Airbus Aerial is the commercial aerial data startup of the aerospace and defense giant based in the Netherlands.  Airbus […]

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NC College Launches Drone Academy for Public Safety

A North Carolina college is offering a bird’s-eye view to enhanced public-safety innovation with the opening of a drone academy this fall. Located 50 miles south of Greensboro, Montgomery Community College will launch the NC Public Safety Drone Academy to prepare regional emergency service members and first responders with the needed tools to become effective […]

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