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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 Releases Data on Lifesaving Drone Operations

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 15, 2017

Between May 2016 and February 2017, 38 lives were saved over 42 weeks; that means unmanned aircraft systems saved almost one life per week, on average, according to the drone manufacturer.

AirMap Forms New Partnership to Accelerate Japan’s Drone Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 15, 2017

A new joint venture has been launched between Santa Monica, Calif.-based AirMap, which provides an airspace management platform for drones, and Rakuten Inc., a Tokyo-headquartered Internet services company. The joint venture will provide unmanned traffic management (UTM) solutions to drone [Read More]

Extreme Mapping: SwiftTrainer sUAS Goes up 14,000-Foot Mountain

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 14, 2017

Black Swift Technologies (BST), a specialized engineering firm based in Boulder, Colo., recently demonstrated that a small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) can successfully be deployed at extreme altitudes and deliver geo-referenced aerial images. Using its SwiftTrainer, a turnkey sUAS flight [Read More]

Quadcopter Design Challenge Mates 3D Printing, Cloud Software and CAD Modeling

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 14, 2017

Boulder, Colo.-based Frustum, a provider of generative design and topology optimization software, has announced the winners of its “Generate Quadcopter Challenge: A GrabCAD Challenge for Topology Optimization.” Hosted on the GrabCAD Community platform, the challenge invited participants to use Frustum’s [Read More]

InterDrone Acquired by Longtime Trade Show Producer

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 14, 2017

InterDrone, The International Drone Conference & Exposition, has been acquired by Emerald Expositions LLC, a North American producer of trade shows, from BZ Media LLC. The 2017 event, taking place in Las Vegas on Sept. 6-8, will be managed and [Read More]

U.S. Air Force Deploys Quadcopter for C-17 Inspection

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

The Emerging Technologies Combined Test Force (CTF) of the U.S. Air Force’s 412th Test Wing recently used a 3D Robotics drone to carry out a maintenance inspection of the exterior of a C-17 Globemaster III cargo plane. According to an [Read More]

Shooting Down UAS Would be A-OK Under Proposed Oklahoma Law

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Written by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

Citing privacy issues, State Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Okla., has proposed a bill that would give immunity to those who “voluntarily damage or destroy” a drone under certain circumstances.

QuadH20 Unveils its Latest Waterproof Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

QuadH20, a drone company based out of the U.K., has unveiled what it says is a waterproof unmanned aircraft system (UAS) that can fly in the rain and snow and even land on water. Featuring DJI’s 4K X3 camera and [Read More]

University of Arkansas – Fort Smith Kicks off First UAS Course of Many

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith (UAFS) is rolling out the first of what the university plans to be many future courses on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The class, offered through the Center for Business and Professional Development at [Read More]

uAvionix Brings Global Maintenance Support to ADS-B UAS Solutions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 13, 2017

uAvionix Corp., a provider of automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast (ADS-B) solutions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has partnered with Robotic Skies for installation and maintenance services. Through its global network of aircraft service centers, Robotic Skies will provide sales, [Read More]