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Betsy Lillian
Betsy Lillian has been the editor of Unmanned Aerial Online since 2014. She also serves as an associate editor of sister publications North American Windpower and Solar Industry magazine. She has been with Zackin Publications since 2012.
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DJI, Magic Sky Bringing Retail Store to San Francisco

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 21, 2017

Magic Sky, an official partner of DJI, is opening up what it says will be California’s first DJI-authorized retail store. The store will be located on the corner of Montgomery St. and Jackson St. in San Francisco. The grand-opening event [Read More]

Raleigh UAV Company Brings DroneDeploy to Mapping Software Suite

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 21, 2017

Go Unmanned, a Raleigh, N.C.-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company, has added DroneDeploy’s software to its commercial mapping solutions. Go Unmanned focuses on providing across-the-board solutions for UAV customers. It offers specialized hardware and software packages with training, support, repair [Read More]

Land O’Lakes Kicks off Agriculture Drone Challenge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

Fortune 200 agribusiness and food company Land O’Lakes Inc. is calling on innovators from the tech industry to enter the Land O’Lakes Prize: Drone Challenge, a crowdsourcing competition designed to develop proposed solutions that enable scalable, autonomous drone usage in [Read More]

Utah State Unveils BluJay All-Electric UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

Utah State University has unveiled its BluJay line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), all-electric aircraft used for research in agriculture and water resources engineering. The university’s recent unveiling event coincided with a meeting of the GRAPEX group, a team of [Read More]

Louisiana sUAS Company Gets Extra Oomph from Texas A&M Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

Baton Rouge, La.-based LandBros Aerial has received credentialing under Part 107 through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP) in Texas. The program was developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center [Read More]

FAA and AUVSI Hosting UAS Symposium in Virginia Next Month

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are teaming up to host the annual UAS Symposium, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va., on March 27-29. The first FAA [Read More]

Nevada Team Goes Beyond Line of Sight with Cloud-Seeding Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

Nevada’s unmanned cloud-seeding research team has realized another fundamental capability in its effort toward enhancing snowfall in mountainous regions of the West. On Feb. 15, the team completed a one-hour drone flight that took place beyond the visual line of [Read More]

Verizon Acquires Drone Operations Management Company Skyward

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

Some big M&A action is happening in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems space: Portland, Ore.-based Skyward is now a Verizon company.

DroneDeploy Inks Deal with Major Capital Goods Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

As part of a new North American distribution agreement, U.K.-based CNH Industrial N.V., a global provider of agricultural equipment and other capital goods, has selected DroneDeploy’s cloud platform as the software for a new, all-in-one drone bundle. Available now from [Read More]

U.S. Senator Hatch Makes the Case for Unmanned Systems

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

As part of his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has noted the importance of advancing the unmanned systems industry in the U.S. Hatch, who serves as chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, [Read More]