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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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Georgia Tech Takes Top Spot at Windy Collegiate Drone Racing Event

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 17, 2017

Atlanta’s Georgia Institute of Technology has emerged victorious in the first-ever Collegiate Drone Racing National Championship, according to Purdue University. Organized by the Purdue Drone Club, the event involved participants from 27 competing universities. The pilots used homemade drones to [Read More]

New ‘Specialist Squad’ Takes on Drone Threat to U.K. Jails

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 17, 2017

The U.K. government has formed a “specialist squad” of prison and police officers to tackle the threat drones are posing to prison security, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah announced today. According to a government press release, the team of investigators will [Read More]

Flying EYE Virtual Reality Drone Launches for Live Broadcasting

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 17, 2017

360 Designs has released the Flying EYE, a virtual reality (VR), live-streaming drone based on the DJI Matrice 600 series of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Using 360 Designs’ custom wireless transmission system, Breeze, the drone can broadcast VR streams to [Read More]

DJI, AMA and Fly-Robotics Launch sUAS Training for Public Safety Officials

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 13, 2017

In collaboration with Fly-Robotics, the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and DJI are hosting a course on small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) flight training for public safety officials. UAS4PublicSafety will be held June 21-25 in Indianapolis. According to the partners, [Read More]

With U.S. Sen. on Hand, Utility Tests out BVLOS Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 13, 2017

Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner joined Ligado Networks, the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP), Dominion Virginia Power and AeroVironment to test out the inspection of critical infrastructure using drones beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the [Read More]

Sentera’s Precision Ag Drone Solutions Arrive at 350 Resellers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 13, 2017

Minneapolis-based Sentera, a provider of drone imaging solutions in farming, has expanded its reseller network to more than 350 retail locations across North America. Sentera’s precision agriculture data solutions include AgVault Web, desktop and mobile applications that collect, interpret and [Read More]

So Long, DJI Phantom 4; Hello, Phantom 4 Advanced

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 13, 2017

The newest addition to DJI’s Phantom family of drones improves on the original Phantom 4, which will soon be discontinued.

Drones to Strengthen Security of Boston Marathon

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 12, 2017

For this year’s event, which is expected to draw more than a million spectators, officials are bringing in tethered drones from local unmanned aircraft systems company CyPhy Works.

Verizon Moves Forward on ‘Airborne LTE’ Drone Initiative

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 12, 2017

Last week, Verizon teamed up with American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI) to determine how drones can create a large area of wireless coverage by delivering LTE services from the air. According to an update from the telecommunications company, this latest [Read More]

Drones Go up 10,000 Feet to Explore Volcano Emissions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 12, 2017

Volcanologists and engineers from the University of Bristol and University of Cambridge in the U.K. recently deployed drones to collect measurements from directly within volcanic clouds that were previously inaccessible. During a 10-day research trip, the team carried out many [Read More]