Test Sites

Homeland Security Launches Major sUAS Test Facility in Mississippi

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will conduct exercises and training to support a variety of simulated scenarios using drones, including disaster relief and containment of hazardous-materials spills.

U.S. Sens. Push for Federal Funding to Support Oregon’s UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are urging transportation officials to provide more investment in the federally funded Contract Tower Program, which they say bolsters commercial air service and provides crucial support for eastern Oregon’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [Read More]

Swedes Join NASA UAS Testing in Nevada

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 22, 2017

Swedish drone company SmartPlanes has announced its participation in NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) R&D Technical Capability Level 3 project, conducted at the federal unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site in Nevada. SmartPlanes’ Freya fixed-wing drone was used for testing [Read More]

Canadian UAVs, Lockheed Martin Go BVLOS for Industrial Drone Inspections

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 15, 2017

Using aircraft from Lockheed Martin CDL Systems, Canadian UAVs Inc. recently completed what it calls the first Transport Canada-approved pipeline and power line inspections using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) of the pilot. [Read More]

To Prep for Arctic Data-Gathering, ArcticShark UAS Kicks off Flights in Oregon

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Prior to its scheduled launch in 2018, the ArcticShark, an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) designed to collect atmospheric data in the Arctic, will undergo flight testing at the Pendleton UAS Test Range in Oregon. To be owned by the U.S. [Read More]

Harris Works to Build Infrastructure Network for BVLOS Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 01, 2017

Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris Corp. has received a two-year Research North Dakota grant to help develop what the company calls a first-of-its-kind solution to enable beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Yesterday, representatives from Harris and North Dakota announced [Read More]

Canadians Fly Multi-Rotor Drone Beyond Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 24, 2017

Unmanned Systems Canada has announced what it says is the country’s first federally approved unmanned aircraft system (UAS) flight taking place beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS). Flying at the Foremost UAS Range in Alberta, Ventus Geospatial – based [Read More]

Nevada Carries out 39-Mile UAV Delivery Test Beyond Line of Sight

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 24, 2017

Using a Drone America unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), a Nevada-based consortium has completed a long-distance UAV package delivery whose operation took place beyond the line of sight (BLOS) of the operator. In an urban environment near Walker Lake in western [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]

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]