UAVs

Utah State Unveils BluJay All-Electric UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 20, 2017

Utah State University has unveiled its BluJay line of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), all-electric aircraft used for research in agriculture and water resources engineering. The university’s recent unveiling event coincided with a meeting of the GRAPEX group, a team of [Read More]

MicaSense Multispectral Camera Comes to Altavian UAVs

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 03, 2017

Under a new partnership between the two companies, MicaSense is integrating its RedEdge multispectral camera with Altavian’s Nova fixed-wing and Galaxy multi-rotor unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). According to the companies, integrating RedEdge with Altavian’s enterprise-grade drones brings multispectral sensor capabilities [Read More]

Yuneec Announces Latest Drone, a Heavy-Duty Hexacopter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Calling the aircraft a “multicopter for professionals,” Yuneec International says its newest drone is suited for applications such as cinematography, inspections and emergency response.

So, Which Drones Can be Flown Beyond the Visual Line of Sight?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Vigilant Aerospace Systems Inc. recently released a list of what it says are commercial drones currently available in the U.S. market that have the flight and communications range to be flown beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). As the Federal [Read More]

Take Two: GoPro’s Karma Drone Returns to the Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 01, 2017

Let’s try that again: GoPro Inc. has announced that its Karma drone is officially back on the market after having been recalled due to technical issues. In November, GoPro had to withdraw all of its long-anticipated Karma drones due to [Read More]

Kespry Enhances Drone System for Survey-Grade Applications

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 25, 2017

Kespry, an aerial intelligence platform provider based in Menlo Park, Calif., has rolled out enhancements, including higher performance and GPS capabilities, to the Kespry Drone 2. According to the company, the enhanced Kespry Drone 2 achieves four to six times [Read More]

UAV Uses Machine Learning to Carry out Perched Landing

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

The University of Bristol in the U.K. and BMT Defence Services (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd., have developed what they claim to be the first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing by using machine-learning algorithms. [Read More]

Polaroid is Bringing its Own Drone Line to the U.S.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 05, 2017

Polaroid is rolling out its own line of camera-equipped drones, which will be available at retail outlets across the U.S. starting in spring and summer of this year. The company says it is targeting the drones for “on-the-go consumers who [Read More]

GoPro Gives the Karma Drone Another Go

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 05, 2017

After a failed 2016 campaign, GoPro is giving the launch of its drone another shot. According to a new press release from the company, GoPro, currently showcasing its solutions at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, is re-introducing the Karma quadcopter sometime [Read More]

Yuneec Introduces the H520 Six-Rotor UAV

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 05, 2017

Yuneec International has unveiled a new commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the H520 hexacopter. A 360-degree, three-axis gimbal, coupled with retractable landing gear, offers unobstructed camera views, says Yuneec. In addition, the camera and gimbal are capable of a 20-degree [Read More]

University of Miami Students Creating Drone for Search and Rescue

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2016

The University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is using a NASA grant to build a drone suited for search-and-rescue operations. According to a news post from the College of Engineering, the student team, headed [Read More]

‘Evolve’ Cinematography Quadcopter Boasts Dual-Screen Controller

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 20, 2016

XDynamics has introduced Evolve, a consumer quadcopter with a patented, dual-screen remote controller. According to Hong Kong-based XDynamics, the Evolve remote controller is a smart pilot system combining all required functions for amateur and professional users’ flying and filming needs [Read More]

Researchers Create Feathered Drone for Easier Maneuverability

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 16, 2016

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) has equipped a drone with feathers in order to increase its precision during flight. According to EPFL, the device can spread or close its wings while flying – making it easier to [Read More]

DJI Rolls out Holiday Deals on Drones, Accessories

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 13, 2016

DJI has launched a Christmas promotion, which the company says features price reductions, free accessories with purchases and special holiday gifts. DJI’s “Xmas Promotion” commenced on Dec. 12 and will end at 3 a.m. EST on Jan. 5, 2017. The [Read More]

Osteopathic Physician Introduces Medical Disaster Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

Two new disaster drones delivered telemedical packages to victims and rescue personnel in a simulated mass casualty event yesterday at John Bell Airport in Bolton, Miss. The technology debuted before an audience that included Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., and representatives [Read More]

New DX-3 Fixed-Wing, VTOL Drone Suited for Harsh Climates

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 06, 2016

Canadian drone company The Sky Guys Ltd. has announced its new technology division, Defiant Labs, and unveiled a new drone, the DX-3. The fixed-wing drone, which can vertically take off and land (VTOL), is designed to monitor and inspect long-range [Read More]

FPV Controller Now Available for Yuneec’s Breeze Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 06, 2016

Yuneec International has announced the availability of its new first-person-view (FPV) controller for the company’s Breeze drone. The portable game controller, available at a suggested retail price of $69.99, connects to users’ smart devices via Bluetooth and enables them to [Read More]

A Bunnycopter and Pentacopter? MIT Lets You Create Whatever Drone You Want

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 05, 2016

The new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations have made drone flight easier than ever for both companies and consumers. But what if the drones out on the market aren’t exactly what you want? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science [Read More]

3D-Printed Quadcopter Can Support 60 kg of Suspended Weight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 30, 2016

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have 3D-printed a ready-to-fly drone with embedded electronics and aerospace-grade material. The drone was jointly developed by NTU’s Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) and Stratasys Asia Pacific, a subsidiary of Stratasys [Read More]

DJI Alters Acceleration and Top Speed of New Inspire 2

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 29, 2016

DJI has modified its speed and acceleration statistics for its newly launched Inspire 2 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). At launch, DJI said the new drone was expected to accelerate to 50 mph in 4 seconds and reach a top speed [Read More]