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Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon
Joseph Bebon is editor of Solar Industry magazine. In addition, he contributes to sister publications North American Windpower magazine, Unmanned Aerial Online, and NGT News, an online news site covering alternative fuel vehicles. He was previously editor of the latter, as well as the former editor of smart grid publication Renew Grid. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a bachelor's degree in English and started his career at Zackin Publications, publisher of Solar Industry, as an editorial assistant in 2010.

SkySkopes Sets Up UAS Training Academy at University

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 29, 2016

Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes, an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) service provider, has established a training academy at the University of North Dakota (UND) Center for Innovation. According to the company, the academy is geared toward those with a desire to [Read More]

Report: Are UAVs Ready to Take Center Stage in Humanitarian Aid?

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

A recent research project explored the potential benefits and challenges of using drones during humanitarian crises.

North Dakota UAS Test Site Nets Beyond-Line-Of-Sight Authorization

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a certificate of authorization (COA) for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site in North Dakota to oversee unmanned aircraft operations that go beyond the line of sight of the operator, according to U.S. [Read More]

Orbital and Boeing Subsidiary Ink UAV Engine Agreement

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

Australia-based Orbital Corp. has signed a long-term agreement with Insitu Inc., a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, for the manufacture and supply of new Orbital unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) propulsion systems. Having secured this commitment from Insitu, Orbital says it [Read More]

NYC Drone Film Festival Has $75K in Gear up for Grabs

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

The “best in show” winner at the upcoming 2017 New York City Drone Film Festival will receive $75,000 worth of camera and drone gear courtesy of festival sponsors and professional cinematography industry players Freefly and RED. The prize includes the [Read More]

Nevada Utility Completes UAS Pilot Program

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 02, 2016

With the help of several partners, Nevada-based NV Energy has completed an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) pilot program to inspect, collect and analyze data on sections of the utility’s transmission and distribution lines. NV Energy says all of the flights [Read More]

Topcon to Distribute Intel’s Falcon 8+ UAS in North America

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 02, 2016

California-based Topcon Positioning Group has announced it will be distributing the Intel Falcon 8+ unmanned aerial system (UAS), Intel’s new V-shaped octocopter, for the North American markets. Building on the success of the initial Falcon 8 system, the new-generation Intel [Read More]

Bodkin Design Nets USDA Funding for UAV Sensor

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 02, 2016

Massachusetts-based Bodkin Design & Engineering LLC has received $100,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the development of a compact hyperspectral imager for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms. The company says the UAV camera will monitor [Read More]

Flirtey Claims First Silicon Valley Drone Delivery

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

U.S.-based start-up Flirtey says it has made the first-ever drone delivery to take place in California’s Silicon Valley. According to the company, a Flirtey drone flew to a group of investors gathered at the Rosewood hotel on Sand Hill Road [Read More]

Clemson University Secures Blanket License to Fly UAVs

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

Clemson University, located in Clemson, S.C., has been granted a blanket license by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) throughout the country and to register more Clemson employees as UAV pilots. According to the [Read More]