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San Francisco Drone Developer Shutting Down, Facing Lawsuit

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

A suit representing “the people of the state of California” alleges that Lily Robotics Inc. conducted “unlawful business practices” and used false advertising in a promotional video for its Lily Camera drone.

LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Ready to Deploy New UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 13, 2017

Now approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is bringing on board an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used in what it calls “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” At a press conference [Read More]

Drones Take the Blame in Another False-Alarm Plane Incident

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Following a suspected collision in Mozambique and the subsequent colorful media headlines stating something to the effect of “Drone Hits Plane In Mozambique,” officials reportedly later found no evidence of an unmanned aircraft strike.

UAV Carrying Magnetic Sensor to Help with Gold Exploration

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 11, 2017

Rockcliff Copper Corp., a Canadian resource-exploration company, will be deploying a drone for a magnetometer survey to identify high-grade gold mineralization. The company will use the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) over its entire Laguna Gold property, which hosts the Laguna gold [Read More]

FAA Highlights ‘Revolution and Evolution’ of UAS Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 09, 2017

“We have to approach our challenges with the same kind of creativity and open-mindedness that is fueling the drone revolution,” said Michael Huerta, FAA administrator, at last week’s CES 2017.

Virginia Tech Flies Drones into Crash Test Dummies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 06, 2017

Virginia Tech, a longtime unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) researcher and home to one of the federal test sites for the technology, is using dummies to test the potential impact of drone crashes to humans. According to a press release from [Read More]

New Year Reflections: Shhh, Don’t Say ‘Drone’

Written by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

It’s now 2017. Have we gone beyond the days of avoiding the word “drone” – versus “UAS” or “UAV” – in the commercial and civil industry?

New Products, New Collaborations: DJI Announces its Latest

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

So far at CES 2017, DJI has made several drone-related announcements: The company is rolling out a new aerial mapping app and a limited edition Phantom 4 drone and is teaming up with storage solutions provider Seagate Technology. In addition, [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]

Drone Registration Celebrates First Birthday: How Has it Fared?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

Over the past year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency’s system has registered a whopping 616,000 drone owners.

Kansas State Polytechnic: Five Reminders for UAS Hobbyists

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 21, 2016

With unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) expected to be a popular gift item this holiday season and beyond, the UAS program at Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is offering five essential tips to help hobbyists fly safely. According to the university, [Read More]

Justice Department: Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

The National Institute of Justice met with stakeholders last year to come up with ideas for how law enforcement can use drones “most effectively, fairly and transparently.”

DJI and Bentley Partner to Boost UAV-Captured Imagery for Infrastructure

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 15, 2016

Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) company DJI has announced a collaboration with Bentley Systems in which the two will develop hardware and software solutions for collecting drone imagery on infrastructure projects. Bentley, whose global headquarters are in Pennsylvania, provides architects, engineers, [Read More]

Flying Drones Beyond Line of Sight: How Can You Mitigate Risks?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

According to new research from PrecisionHawk, technology assistance is critical for operators make the safety case for UAS flights taking place beyond the visual line of sight.

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]

Drones in Energy: Firm Improves Safety, Efficiency and Bottom Line

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

By using Identified Technologies’ drone services, Keystone was able to survey six well pads in a single day and receive the data in near real time.

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]

Inspector General Audits FAA on Drones: How Does the Agency Measure Up?

Written by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

According to the OIG, the Federal Aviation Administration, rather than “proactively identifying and mitigating risks,” is taking a “reactive approach to UAS oversight.”

Drones, Multispectral Imagery Offer New View of Calif.’s Giant Sequoias

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

As part of a joint project, Pix4D and Parrot recently used drones and multispectral technology to create a 3D normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) point cloud of Whitaker’s Forest in Kings Canyon National Park, located in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. [Read More]