Business Operations

New CEO Named at Drone Software Company Kespry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Kespry, an aerial intelligence platform provider based in Menlo Park, Calif., has announced an executive shakeup: George Mathew, formerly with self-service analytics software provider Alteryx, is now the company’s chairman and CEO. Mathew, who was most recently president and chief [Read More]

Drone-Detection Developer Secures Another Big Investment

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Dedrone, developer of the DroneTracker, a platform for the detection of civilian unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has secured a seven-figure investment from Silicon Valley investors. Investing in the San Francisco-based start-up are Dominic Orr, CEO of Aruba Networks; Selina Lo, [Read More]

Drone Delivery Canada Brings its Work to Alberta UAS Test Site

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 10, 2017

Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has formalized an agreement to expand its testing from the Waterloo, Ontario, region to Foremost, Alberta, which has an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test range. DDC, based out of Vaughan, Ontario, focuses on the design, development [Read More]

Parrot Reorganizing Drone Business, Reducing Workforce

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2016, Parrot has reported revenues of around EUR 85 million, which is below its target of around EUR 100 million, as announced at the end of November. In turn, as part [Read More]

Yuneec Announces Expanded Customer Service for U.S., Canada

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Consumer drone company Yuneec International has expanded its customer service offerings in the U.S. and Canada. These customer service upgrades include a new one-year warranty on the Typhoon and Breeze drones, a total of 12 authorized service locations for after-warranty [Read More]

UAS Company AeroVironment Announces New Exec

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) provider AeroVironment Inc. has appointed Teresa Covington chief financial officer (CFO). Based in Monrovia, Calif., AeroVironment makes UAS, tactical missile systems, and electric vehicle charging and test systems. Most recently, the company unveiled the Quantix consumer [Read More]

Flirtey, 7-Eleven Carry out Slew of Autonomous Drone Deliveries

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Flirtey says it has now completed 77 autonomous drone deliveries to customer homes in the U.S. The deliveries are the result of Flirtey and 7-Eleven’s commercial collaboration, which kicked off in July with an autonomous drone delivery to a customer’s [Read More]

Austin Company Rolls out Drone Workflow Software Solution

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 20, 2016

Austin, Texas-based Optelos says it is offering a new approach for creating integrated, collaborative and scalable drone programs: a turnkey solution for drone workflow. Optelos has created the Drone Work Advisor cloud software, along with the Drone Sync Field App. [Read More]

Drone Service Provider Spreads out Across Home State

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

Marking its first location outside of Grand Forks, N.D., drone service provider SkySkopes is expanding its North Dakota operations and opening an office in Minot. According to Matt Dunlevy, Minot – a “military-friendly community” – is a “perfect staging location [Read More]

UNICEF Bringing UAS Corridor to Malawi for Humanitarian Aid

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 16, 2016

The government of Malawi and UNICEF have announced the establishment of an air corridor to test the potential humanitarian usage of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to a press release from UNICEF, it will run for a maximum distance of [Read More]

Drone Racing League Inks Licensing Deal with Toy Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 16, 2016

The Drone Racing League (DRL) has inked a three-year licensing deal with Toy State, a toy manufacturer that has been around since 1984. The deal centers on the co-branded racing drone from Toy State’s upcoming drone line, Nikko Air. Nikko [Read More]

U.S. Air Force Vet Joins N.D. Drone Company SkySkopes

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

Lt. Gen. Vern M. “Rusty” Findley II, a highly decorated retired member of the U.S. Air Force, has joined SkySkopes as a senior consultant for business development. SkySkopes was the first North Dakota start-up legally approved by the Federal Aviation [Read More]

Amazon Prime Air Finally Delivers to Some Customers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

Three years after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first announced the concept, Amazon Prime Air, the company’s drone delivery service, has now executed its first customer delivery. According to a video released by Amazon, the operation took place on Dec. 7 [Read More]

Drone-Equipped Autonomous Car Among Ford’s Slew of 2016 Patents

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Ford approximately 1,500 U.S. patents to Ford employees so far this year; this includes an invention for equipping autonomous vehicles with drones. The manufacturer’s system deploys a drone from an autonomous vehicle [Read More]

New Data Center to Augment North Dakota’s UAS Business Park

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 08, 2016

Grand Sky, an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) business and aviation park in North Dakota, has a signed a letter of intent with Grand Forks, N.D.-based EdgeData LLC to establish a 16,000-square-foot data center at Grand Sky. Construction of the facility [Read More]

Drone USA Forms Strategic Partnership with NASA Contractor

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 06, 2016

New York City-based Drone USA Inc., a developer, manufacturer and distributor of low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related technologies, has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with Empirical Systems Aerospace Inc. (ESAero). Headquartered in San Luis Obispo, Calif., ESAero [Read More]

Start-Up Combines Drones, IoT and Remote Sensing for Construction Management

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 05, 2016

Unearth, a Seattle-based company providing construction management software, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding. The early-stage start-up says it aims to break down information barriers and resolve disputes in large-scale construction projects by using drones, remote sensing, computer vision [Read More]

Yuneec Announces New U.S. CEO

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 05, 2016

Electric aviation company and drone manufacturer Yuneec International has named Mike Kahn CEO of Yuneec USA. According to Yuneec, Kahn brings over 25 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry. Kahn will be responsible for the day-to-day management of [Read More]

GoPro Announces Layoffs, Cuts to Operating Expenses

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 30, 2016

Although citing “solid holiday demand” for its new HERO5 camera in the U.S., the company has announced a restructuring that will include the layoff of more than 200 full-time positions – plus the cancellation of open positions – for a [Read More]

University of Kentucky Plots Projects with UAS Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 30, 2016

Valmie Resources Inc. recently returned from visiting the University of Kentucky to discuss collaborating with students and faculty members on portions of future unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) projects. The Valmie team met with heads of the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering [Read More]