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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]

Company Turns to Drones to Serve U.S. Wireless Industry

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

P3 Group, a consulting, management and engineering services company, has announced the launch of a new drone program in the U.S. designed to increase the speed, safety and accuracy of its radio frequency (RF) analysis and reporting for the wireless [Read More]

C-Astral Boosts UAV Flight Time with Alta Solar Cells

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

C-Astral Aerospace, a provider of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), has signed an agreement with Alta Devices, a manufacturer of thin-film solar technology, under which Alta will provide its solar cells to help enhance the flight time for C-Atral’s newest [Read More]

DJI and Datumate Partner on Packaged Site Survey Solution

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

China-based DJI and Israel-based Datumate have begun offering a drone, software and app package that the partners say fully automates and expedites site surveys. Tailored for professional surveying jobs, the DJI-Datumate Site Survey Solution is a comprehensive package of imagery [Read More]

DroneDeploy Offers Service Provider Directory, Co-Branding

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

Cloud-based drone software company DroneDeploy has unveiled the Drone Mapping Directory, a drone mapping marketplace to connect businesses with drone service providers. At launch, the Drone Mapping Directory unites more than 250 drone service providers operating in 48 countries and [Read More]

AltiGator and YellowScan Announce LiDAR-Integrated UAV

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

AltiGator and YellowScan have teamed up to offer a lightweight, LiDAR-integrated UAV, which the companies say is ideal for centimetric UAV surveys in urban areas. Specifically, the YellowScan Surveyor standalone LiDAR system is embedded on Altigator’s OnyxStar XENA multirotor UAV. [Read More]

Pix4D Launches Hybrid Solutions for Drone Mapping

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 11, 2016

Drone mapping software developer Pix4D has launched hybrid solutions that the company says integrate mobile, desktop and cloud platforms for more flexible mapping. The four new solutions include Pix4Dmapper Pro 3.0 for surveying, mapping and forensics; Pix4Dbim for construction; Pix4Dag [Read More]

Trimble Sells UAS Business to Delair-Tech

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 10, 2016

Trimble, a California-based technology company focused on applications requiring position or location, has sold its Belgium-based Gatewing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) engineering and manufacturing business to Delair-Tech. As a France-based provider of long-range, fixed-wing UAS solutions for industrial inspection and [Read More]

University Engineer Offers Free Drone Design Tool

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 10, 2016

As interest in small autonomous aerial vehicles and their applications continues to expand, a Utah State University (USU) aerospace engineer is offering a new drone design tool to the public for free. Doug Hunsaker, an assistant professor of mechanical and [Read More]

Tillamook Range Tests Drone Flights at the Edge of Space

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 10, 2016

Near Space Corp. (NSC), operator of the UAS test range at Tillamook, Ore., says it successfully flew a drone from the edge of space to operate as a surrogate test bed for technologies supporting new suborbital reusable launch vehicles (SRLVs) [Read More]

DroneDeploy Speeds Up Data Uploads In Remote Areas

Posted by Joseph Bebon on September 27, 2016

DroneDeploy, a cloud-based drone software company, has announced a new solution that addresses drone data portability challenges in remote areas that have Internet bandwidth constraints. The company says its new Turbo Uploader makes it faster for users with slow Internet [Read More]