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Three Things Drone Mapping Brings to the Golf Industry

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Written by Pix4D on February 17, 2017

The emerald golfing greens have seen better days. According to the U.S.’ National Golf Foundation, the number of players has almost steadily declined from over 30 million in 2005 (pre-recession) to 24.7 million today. In addition, 680 U.S. and 158 [Read More]

Lousiana sUAS Company Gets Extra Oomph from Texas A&M Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

Baton Rouge, La.-based LandBros Aerial has received credentialing under Part 107 through the National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP) in Texas. The program was developed by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and the Lone Star UAS Center [Read More]

FAA and AUVSI Hosting UAS Symposium in Virginia Next Month

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are teaming up to host the annual UAS Symposium, which will take place at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Va., on March 27-29. The first FAA [Read More]

Nevada Team Goes Beyond Line of Sight with Cloud-Seeding Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 17, 2017

Nevada’s unmanned cloud-seeding research team has realized another fundamental capability in its effort toward enhancing snowfall in mountainous regions of the West. On Feb. 15, the team completed a one-hour drone flight that took place beyond the visual line of [Read More]

Verizon Acquires Drone Operations Management Company Skyward

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

Some big M&A action is happening in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems space: Portland, Ore.-based Skyward is now a Verizon company.

U.S. Senator Hatch Makes the Case for Unmanned Systems

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

As part of his innovation agenda for the 115th Congress, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has noted the importance of advancing the unmanned systems industry in the U.S. Hatch, who serves as chairman of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, [Read More]

DroneDeploy Inks Deal with Major Capital Goods Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

As part of a new North American distribution agreement, U.K.-based CNH Industrial N.V., a global provider of agricultural equipment and other capital goods, has selected DroneDeploy’s cloud platform as the software for a new, all-in-one drone bundle. Available now from [Read More]

FAA, Xcel Energy Partner to Advance UAS for Utility Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 16, 2017

In an effort to research the safe operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for inspecting critical infrastructure, Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy is partnering with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The agreement involves using UAS to inspect more than 20,000 miles of [Read More]

How to Move Drone Industry Forward Under New Trump Order

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Commercial Drone Alliance has proposed a way to keep the industry thriving under the White House’s recent executive order of “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs.”

DJI Mates with AMA for New sUAS Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

DJI and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) are jointly launching a new program that they say will help promote the safe and responsible use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). DJI and AMA plan to develop and promote a [Read More]

‘Astrophysics-Ecology’ Drone Project Sets out to Save Endangered Species

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

An astrophysicist and an ecologist from England’s Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) are using unmanned aircraft as part of an effort to help endangered species, including rhinos, orangutans and elephants. According to a press release from the university, which calls [Read More]

Sentera Converts DJI Phantom 4 Pro Drone into Precision Scouting Tool

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

Just in time for the 2017 growing season in the northern hemisphere, Sentera says it can now make the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone a precision scouting tool for farmers. By integrating the Sentera NDVI Single Sensor onto the Phantom [Read More]

Nebraska College Brings K-12 Students STEM and Drone Experience

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

Young students are learning about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a hands-on drone project hosted by Nebraska’s Metropolitan Community College (MCC). The CEENbot Drone course, which began earlier this month, allows students to use 3D-printed parts to construct [Read More]

AUVSI Reveals Semi-Finalists for Unmanned Systems Tech Competition

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 15, 2017

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced the semi-finalists for its second annual “Startup Showdown.” The winner, which will receive a $15,000 grand prize, will be chosen at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017, taking place at the Kay Bailey [Read More]

O&G Giant Signs up for Drone Inspections via Sky-Futures

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

International oil and gas (O&G) company Eni has secured a three-year contract with Sky-Futures, which provides drone-based inspection services to global industrial markets. Italy-based Eni, one of the largest global operators in the energy sector, operates in 66 countries. Sky-Futures [Read More]

UAVs and Robots Boost Plant Genetic Research for UGA Scientists

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

It may be a while before robots and drones are as common as tractors and combine harvesters on farms, but the high-tech tools may soon play a major role in helping feed the world’s rapidly growing population, according to the [Read More]

Think Tank Photo Rolls out Updated DJI Phantom Backpack

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

As quadcopter designs continue to evolve, so, too, do Think Tank Photo’s backpacks: The company has upgraded its Airport Helipak V2.0 to fit the DJI Phantom 4 (or a similarly sized drone) and accessories. Think Tank Photo, which is based [Read More]

AeroVironment Works Extensively with Farmers on UAS Integration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 14, 2017

AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, is sharing the details on its ongoing pilot programs with farmers and universities. The programs, which are entering their third year, have guided the development [Read More]

Drone-Detection Software Company Inks Investment, Notes Milestones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

Dedrone, a developer of software to detect unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) near critical infrastructure, has secured another investment, which the company will use to increase marketing and sales efforts, as well as global research and development (R&D). Led by Joerg [Read More]

Drones Dispatched to Help California in State of Emergency

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 13, 2017

Both the Menlo Park Fire Protection District and California Department of Water Resources are deploying unmanned aircraft in the wake of flooding in the state and the threat of flooding at the Oroville Dam.