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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-Sponsored Group Aims to Give Drone Pilots Bigger Voice in Local Laws

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017

The Network of Drone Enthusiasts (NODE) has commenced operations as a new group dedicated to “representing the interests of responsible drone pilots across the country.” The goal, according to NODE, is to provide drone users and affiliated drone organizations a [Read More]

UAS Stakeholders Convene at Summit in the Sunshine State

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) stakeholders from throughout Florida gathered this week in Melbourne, Fla., to explore trends in drone adoption and ways to help guide the impact of UAS integration across the state. UAS operators and industry stakeholders from business, [Read More]

SLANTRANGE, Qualcomm Create Multispectral Sensor Platform for Ag Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 02, 2017

San Diego-headquartered SLANTRANGE Inc., a provider of drone-based remote sensing and analytics systems for agriculture, has released its 3p multispectral sensor system for farming drones. The 3p is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight drone platform, providing the 3p with [Read More]

Saturday Night’s Alright for Flying: The Ins and Outs of Drone Ops in the Dark

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Written by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Since the FAA’s Part 107 was announced last summer, many companies have been reaping the benefits of their additional drone waivers, especially for operations taking place beyond the daylight hours.

To Prep for Arctic Data-Gathering, ArcticShark UAS Kicks off Flights in Oregon

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Prior to its scheduled launch in 2018, the ArcticShark, an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed to collect atmospheric data in the Arctic, will undergo flight testing at the Pendleton UAS Test Range in Oregon. To be owned by the U.S. [Read More]

Harris Works to Build Infrastructure Network for BVLOS Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris Corp. has received a two-year Research North Dakota grant to help develop what the company calls a first-of-its-kind solution to enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Yesterday, representatives from Harris and North Dakota announced [Read More]

MicaSense, senseFly Team up to Offer End-to-End Drone Ag Solution

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

senseFly, a Switzerland-based producer of mapping drones, has signed a commercial agreement with MicaSense, which provides a platform for data gathering, processing and analytics for agriculture. Under the new partnership, senseFly and its distribution partners will offer MicaSense’s Atlas platform [Read More]

Another Massachusetts Start-Up Makes Mark in Drone Biz

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Massachusetts start-up Dronegenuity has announced its entry into Babson College’s annual BETA challenge. Dronegenuity, based out of Hudson, Mass., and led by Babson business school alum Dan Edmonson, provides drone services to businesses throughout the U.S. The company believes it is [Read More]

Agribotix Launches QVu Software for Enhancing Drone Scouting in the Field

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 28, 2017

Boulder, Colo.-based Agribotix has launched QVu First Results, an addition to its FarmLens analytics software for agricultural drone operators. According to Agribotix, a QVu report is produced in minutes at the surveyed field’s edge – even in locations with no [Read More]

Draganfly Incorporating LED Tech into UAVs for Nighttime Ops

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 28, 2017

Under a newly signed agreement between the two companies, Saskatchewan-based Draganfly Innovations is integrating and testing SureFire LLC’s LED technology with its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Draganfly says its goal is to provide a new solution for nighttime drone operations. [Read More]