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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.

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 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]

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?

FLIR Rolls out New Thermal Imaging Cameras for UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 04, 2017

FLIR Systems Inc. has launched five new thermal imaging cameras, including two dual-sensor cameras specifically for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The FLIR Duo, priced at $999.99, is a multi-sensor drone camera that features FLIR’s Lepton thermal microcamera core, a high-definition [Read More]

Federally Approved Ping200S Transponder Ready for UAV Market

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 03, 2017

uAvionix Corp. says its Ping200S Mode S transponder with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) has received approval from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Weighing just 50 grams, the transponder’s power consumption is low enough to be powered by battery pack for [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.

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.”

Federally Supported Project Using Drones to Boost Wheat Yields

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded $3.4 million in funding for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. Specifically, one [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]

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]

Illinois DOT Sets Its Sight on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 14, 2016

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has begun testing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in an effort to help improve the safety of workers and the public, reduce costs, and introduce new strategies on everything from bridge inspections to determining the [Read More]

New System Provides Instant Authentication of a Drone’s Identity

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 13, 2016

Through a partnership with DigiCert, AirMap has rolled out Drone ID: technology that will enable instant authentication of an unmanned aircraft system’s (UAS) identity via a digital certificate. According to AirMap, the first-of-its-kind system is a major step forward for [Read More]

Veteran-Owned Business Sets up UAS Repair Shop

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 09, 2016

Unmanned Systems and Solutions (USAS) has opened up its 120,000-square-foot drone repair facility, which the company says is capable of quickly repairing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) from most major manufacturers. In partnership with a 36-year-old telecommunications and technology repair business, [Read More]

Drones Could Help Manage Big Agricultural Commodity in California

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

AeroVironment Inc., a provider of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both military and commercial applications, has begun a yearlong study with California State University, Fresno to research how UAS imagery and analytics could potentially detect varying levels of water stress [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.”

Latest Commercial Drone Fund Investment Goes to Precision Ag Sector

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 06, 2016

Airware’s Commercial Drone Fund has announced an investment in Raptor Maps, a Cambridge, Mass.-based company developing a drone-enabled technology platform for the agriculture sector. The Commercial Drone Fund is a venture capital-structured fund focused on early-stage start-ups developing technologies that [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]